PHOTO CALL: Charlotte d'Amboise, Lilla Crawford, Tonya Pinkins, Jim Dale, Vanessa Williams and 2013 Tony Nominees at New Dramatists Luncheon
21 May 2013
The Tony-honored playwright development workshop New Dramatists honored entertainment lawyer and New Dramatists Chairman of the Board Seth Gelblum with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 64th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute May 21 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Each year, New Dramatists salutes an individual "who has made an outstanding artistic contribution to the theatre community." Gelblum has practiced entertainment law in New York for more than 27 years. For the past 15 years, he has been head of the theatre practice at Loeb & Loeb LLP. He also represents producers, writers and directors for feature film, documentary film and television projects. He has been named New York Entertainment Lawyer of the Year, a New York City Top 100 Super Lawyer and a Hollywood Reporter Top 100 Power Lawyer.
“Seth Gelblum operates in a business of big-world deals and major theatre and film artists and producers, but he’s never lost touch with the aspirations and struggles of every playwright,” said Todd London, artistic director, New Dramatists, in a previous statement. “In his decades of leadership of New Dramatists, he’s never stopped asking fundamental questions: ‘What do the writers want? What do they need?’ And then he’s worked selflessly to make sure they get those things. He is and will always be the ChairMensch of the New Dramatists’ board. We are lucky to have him and honored to honor him.”
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.