The Sixth Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony, hosted by Tony Award Nominee Lisa Kron in New York—Monday 1 June 2015—#lillyawards
The Lilly Awards Foundation presented the Sixth Annual Lilly Awards Ceremony hosted by Tony Award nominee Lisa Kron livestreamed on the global commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Monday 1 June at 2 p.m. PDT (Vancouver) / 4 p.m. CDT (Chicago) / 5 p.m. EDT (New York) / 21:00 GMT / 10 p.m. BST (London).
The Lilly Awards will honor two-time Tony Award-winner Chita Rivera (Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie; West Side Story), currently starring on Broadway in the new Tony nominated musical, The Visit, for which she received a 2015 Tony Award nomination, with the first-ever Legendary Lilly Award presented by four-time Tony Award-winner Terrence McNally (The Visit; Master Class; Ragtime; Love! Valor! Compassion!), and veteran Broadway producer Daryl Roth (Clybourne Park; August: Osage County; Kinky Boots) who will receive the Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award.
2015 Lilly Award winners include choreographer and director Graciela Daniele, playwright Lisa D’Amour (2015 Tony nominee, Airline Highway; Detroit), beloved actor Deirdre O’Connell, founding artistic director of the Musical Theatre Factory Shakina Nayfack, Boo Killebrew, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, and three surprise winners to be announced during the ceremony.
Guest presenters include Lynn Ahrens, Lynne Meadow, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Jordan Roth, Cusi Cram, Zoe Sarnak, Heidi Schreck, Julia Jordan, and more.
The ceremony will include performances by Five Play, the sister group of the world-renowned all-female jazz ensemble Diva, and a special announcement by the Ziegfeld Club. The winners of the Stacey Mindich $25,000 Go-Write-a-Play Prize and the Leah Ryan Prize will also be announced along with the presentation of the annual Miss Lilly Award, given to the man who has done the most in any given year to make the theatre a better place for women.
The Lilly Awards were founded in the spring of 2010, by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman, and Theresa Rebeck to honor the work of women in the American Theatre. The awards are named for Lillian Hellman, who famously said to be a female playwright, “You need to write like the devil and act like one too when necessary.”
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