New York Drama Critics' Circle (NYDCC) announced April 30 that the winner of the 75th annual New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the 2009-2010 season is Horton Foote's The Orphans’ Home Cycle. No awards were given for Best Musical or Best Foreign Play.
Special Citations were awarded to Lincoln Center Festival for visionary international programming and Viola Davis for sustained achievement; and an Emerging Artist Special Citation was awarded to Annie Baker for Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens.
The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, which has been awarded every year since 1936 to the best new play of the season (with optional awards for foreign or American plays, musicals and performers), is the nation's second oldest theatre award, after the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The award for Best Play carries with it a cash prize of $2,500. Also, a cash award of $1,000 will go to the playwright who receives the award for Best American or Foreign Play.
The awards are made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.
The New York Drama Critics' Circle comprises 22 drama critics from daily newspapers, magazines, wire services and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. Adam Feldman, theatre critic for Time Out New York, has served as president of the NYDCC since 2005. Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post serves as vice president; Joe Dziemianowicz of the Daily News is treasurer; Eric Grode is recording secretary. For more information, visit dramacritics.org.