18 Mar 2013
The NBC musical series "Smash," the AIDS activism documentary "How to Survive a Plague" and playwright Samuel D. Hunter's The Whale were among the winners at the GLAAD Media Awards March 16 in New York City.
The GLAAD Media Awards "recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives."
Pop star Madonna presented journalist Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award, which recognizes "an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting LGBT equality."
"Smash" was the recipient of the Outstanding Drama Series Award, while "How to Survive a Plague" was named Outstanding Documentary and "The Amazing Race" was named the Outstanding Reality Program.
Hunter's The Whale was the winner of the GLAAD Award for Outstanding New York Theatre (Broadway and Off-Broadway) and Michael Perlman's From White Plains received the Outstanding New York Theatre Award for (Off-Off-Broadway). Playwrights Horizons produced The Whale Off-Broadway in 2012.
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.