LPTW, a non-profit organization committed to promoting visibility and increasing opportunities for women in the professional theatre, are giving the Ruth Morley Design Award to Tony Award winner Hilferty, while the LPTW Lucille Lortel Award and accompanying grant will be presented to Patterson. The awards will be presented at the LPTW's 2010 Awards Luncheon, noon-2 PM at Sardi's Restaurant. The Morley award was initiated in 1998 in honor of costume designer Ruth Morley, whose work was seen in theatre and film, and who also served on the LPTW board of directors.
Hilferty has designed costumes for over 300 productions, from Broadway to the Bay Area and beyond. Notable designs include Wicked (2004 Tony Award, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards, and Olivier nomination) and Spring Awakening (Tony nomination). She chairs the department of Design for Stage and Film at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
In April 1999, the LPTW received a bequest from the Lucille Lortel estate to establish a fund which would annually provide a grant to "an aspiring woman in any discipline of theatre who is showing creative promise and deserves recognition and encouragement." The Lucille Lortel Award comes with a $3,000 grant.
Patterson is artistic director of The Queen's Company, known for its innovative productions of classical plays featuring all-female casts. The LPTW "commends the company for their vision, and applauds them for often presenting the works of women playwrights including Aphra Behn, and most recently for their revival of the 18th century Restoration comedy, The Wonder by Susanna Centlivre."
Sardi's Restaurant is located at 234 West 44th Street. The lunch will be held in the Eugenia Room on the fourth floor.