Horton Foote will be the recipient of the Michaela O'Harra Award at a gala reception on Monday Nov. 5 at the New Dramatists. The award is given to alumni of the New Dramatists who have made distinguished contributions to the theatre since their tenure with the group. The award is named after Michaela O'Harra, who founded the New Dramatists in 1949 to nurture new American playwrights. O'Harra will present the award, along with guests Peter Masterson, Estelle Parsons and Romulus Linney. A scene from The Trip to Bountiful will also be performed by actors Jean Stapleton and Hallie Foote.
Horton Foote was one of the first members of the New Dramatists, has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Tender Mercies," and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama for The Young Man From Atlanta in his 50-year career as a writer.
— by Steve Luber