Hosted by Amber Ruffin, the 2023 Dramatists Guild Foundation Gala was a star-studded celebration of theatre artistry, with performances by Patti LuPone, Kara Young, Adrienne Warren, and more. See photos from the event in the gallery below.
This year's gala honored Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage and media producer and philanthropist Leonard Majzlin. Nottage is the first woman to win two Pulitzer Prizes for drama. The prolific playwright has penned Intimate Apparel the Opera, Clyde's, The Secret Life of Bees, Sweat, Ruined, and more. Majzlin is the Media Advisor to the Dramatists Guild Foundation's Legacy Project, a series of video documentaries featuring prominent American playwrights, lyricists and composers interviewed by younger playwrights, discussing the craft of writing for the theatre. Much of his career has also included developing exhibits for museums: his work has been at BAM, The Museum at Eldridge Street, The Jewish Museum, The Arizona Historical Society, and The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and more.
The evening included performances and appearances by Patti LuPone, Deborah Cox, Eric McCormack, Collin Hancock, Adrienne Warren, Margo Seibert, Kate Whoriskey, Jhardon Dishon Milton, Matthew Griffin, Lynn Ahrens, Todd London, Rebekah Greer Melocik, Sarah Ruhl, Stephen Schwartz, Benjamin Velez, Jacob Yandura, and Dramatists Guild president Andrew Lippa.
The gala, aiming to support playwrights, composers, lyricists, and librettists through financial resources and education-driven programming, was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom October 23.
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