Supporting creative work by women
Earlier this week, the Steinberg award for playwriting and its $200,000 cash prize will be given to Lynn Nottage, whose play Ruined won the Pulitzer Prize last year. Congratulations are in order for Ms. Nottage. It is tremendous that her work is recognized at such a level. Two years ago, the bi-annual prize was given to Tony Kushner. Last year, smaller gifts were given Bruce Norris, David Adjmi, and Tarrell Alvin McCraney. Ms. Nottage is the first female to receive the Steinberg award for playwrighting.
To learn more about the award and its 2010 recipient, visit here.
Adrienne Shelly began her career on the boards as a child, and founded an off-off Broadway theater company in the West Village. She was best known for her work in Hal Hartley’s films The Unbelievable Truth and Trust as well as her own directing efforts, Sudden Manhattan and Waitress. I had the opportunity to meet Adrienne Shelly at the Seattle International Film Festival in the mid-90’s when she screened Sudden Manhattan. She was absolutely gracious, lovely and joyous. Unfortunately, her life was tragically cut short four years ago.
The Adrienne Shelly Foundation was created to honor her memory and support female filmmakers. Please check out the Ebay auction which benefits the foundation. The items range from an Exclusive Lunch with Keri Russell to a Set Visit for 2 to “The Good Wife.” For theater fans, here’s an opportunity to meet Tony Lo Bianco, Daphne Rubin Vega, Michael Cerveris, Lili Taylor and more. Bidding ends September 30, 2010.