By Carey Purcell
01 Oct 2013
The event, which will be held from noon to 2 PM at the National Arts Club, will include the presentation of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award to Christopher Chen.
Chalfant and Mulgrew. who starred together in The Vineyard's world-premiere production of Jenny Schwartz's play Somewhere Fun, will share the role of emcee.
Vogel, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose work includes How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home and The Baltimore Waltz, will be in attendance and present the award.
Chen is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include The Hundred Flowers Project, Into the Numbers, The Window Age and Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act.
The residency-based award recognizes an emerging playwright of exceptional promise and is presented annually by the Vineyard Theatre in honor of Vogel. It comes with a cash prize and artistic development support over the 2013-14 season.
"They say a person is judged by the company he or she keeps, and I am so honored by my association with the Vineyard Theatre — they are a company I always want to keep," Vogel said in a statement. "I am doubly honored: honored by having the award in my name from The Vineyard, and honored to be blessing a new generation of rising playwrights. The Vineyard fulfills the promise of its name: in planting the seeds of new plays, we as audiences reap the harvest."
Previous recipients of The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award are Erika Sheffer (2012), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2011), Kara Lee Corthron (2010), Rajiv Joseph (2009) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (2008), recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship.
More information can be found by visiting vineyardtheatre.org.