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Held at Lincoln Center, the "Mimi" Awards are presented biennially to honor the accomplishments of some of the most gifted, up-and-coming American playwrights and to recognize the promise they hold for the future of American theatre. Each of the recipients is awarded a $50,000 prize.
The event features performances by Bradley Fong, Cole Horibe, Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher, Aaron Clifton Moten, Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed.
Attendees also include David Adjmi, John Clinton Eisner, Oskar Eustis, John Guare, Joshua Harmon, Todd London, William Ivey Long, Pam MacKinnon, Lesli Margherita, Lynne Meadow, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Molly Ranson, Scott Rudin, Jeremy Shamos and Michael Zegen.
Joseph's work includes Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, for which he received a Pulitzer Prize nomination, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Animals Out of Paper, The North Pool and The Lake Effect. His screenwriting credits include "Nurse Jackie" and "Draft Day."
"The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust is extremely proud to honor both Annie Baker and Rajiv Joseph with this year's Steinberg Playwright Awards," Jim Steinberg, a member of the Board of Directors of The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, said in a previous statement. "Both playwrights have produced extremely influential and successful work, which is an extraordinary accomplishment for two such young artists. We look forward to seeing many new works by both Ms. Baker and Mr. Joseph as their careers continue to grow."
Previous winners include Lisa D'Amour (Detroit) and Melissa James Gibson (This) in 2011, and David Adjmi (Stunning), Tarell Alvin McCraney (Choir Boy) and Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park) in 2009.
The event also recognizes David Henry Hwang, who won the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. Given in alternate years, the award comes with a $200,000 prize, the most lucrative in theatre. Previous winners of the Distinguished Playwriting Award are Lynn Nottage (Ruined) in 2010 and Tony Kushner (Angels in America) in 2008.