Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew Will Emcee Vineyard's Emerging Artists Luncheon

News   Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew Will Emcee Vineyard's Emerging Artists Luncheon
Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew will host the Vineyard Theatre's annual Emerging Artists Luncheon Oct. 3.

The event, which will be held from noon to 2 PM at the National Arts Club, will include the presentation of the 2013 Paula Vogel Playwriting Award to Christopher Chen.

Chalfant and Mulgrew. who starred together in The Vineyard's world-premiere production of Jenny Schwartz's play Somewhere Fun, will share the role of emcee.

Vogel, a Pulitzer Prize-winner whose work includes How I Learned to Drive, The Long Christmas Ride Home and The Baltimore Waltz, will be in attendance and present the award. 

Chen is a San Francisco-based playwright whose works include The Hundred Flowers Project, Into the Numbers, The Window Age and Aulis: An Act of Nihilism in One Long Act.

The residency-based award recognizes an emerging playwright of exceptional promise and is presented annually by the Vineyard Theatre in honor of Vogel. It comes with a cash prize and artistic development support over the 2013-14 season. "They say a person is judged by the company he or she keeps, and I am so honored by my association with the Vineyard Theatre — they are a company I always want to keep," Vogel said in a statement. "I am doubly honored: honored by having the award in my name from The Vineyard, and honored to be blessing a new generation of rising playwrights. The Vineyard fulfills the promise of its name: in planting the seeds of new plays, we as audiences reap the harvest."

Previous recipients of The Paula Vogel Playwriting Award are Erika Sheffer (2012), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (2011), Kara Lee Corthron (2010), Rajiv Joseph (2009) and Tarell Alvin McCraney (2008), recent recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship. 

More information can be found by visiting vineyardtheatre.org.

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