Good People, Book of Mormon, Jerusalem Named Winners of New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards
09 May 2011
Frances McDormand and Tate Donovan in Good People.
Photo by Joan Marcus
New York Drama Critics' Circle (NYDCC) announced May 9 that the winner of the 76th annual New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play of the 2010-2011 season is David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People.
The award for Best Foreign Play play went to Jez Butterworth's Jerusalem, while The Book of Mormon received the award for Best Musical.
The awards will be presented at a cocktail reception May 16 at Angus McIndoe Restaurant.
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 25 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.