2020 Drama League Awards Nominees

First awarded in 1922 and formalized in 1935, The Drama League Awards are the oldest theatrical honors in America. They are the only major theater awards chosen by a cross-section of the theatre community — specifically, by the industry professionals, producers, artists, audiences, and critics who are Drama League members nationwide.

Nominees for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Production of a Musical, Outstanding Revival of a Play, Outstanding Revival of a Musical, and the highly coveted Distinguished Performance Award have been announced. Voting is open for Drama League members from May 1 – May 22. Award winners will be announced by Gabriel Stelian-Shanks & Bevin Ross via livestream in June. The Drama League Awards Event Chair is Bonnie Comley.

Joe Ngo, Abraham Kim, Francis Jue, Jane Lui, Courtney Reed and Moses Villarama in CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Cambodian Rock Band
Directed by Chay Yew
Written by Lauren Yee
Signature Theatre Company

Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg
Deirdre O’Connell in Dana H. Photo: Carol Rosegg

Dana H.
Directed by Les Waters
Written by Lucas Hnath
Vineyard Theatre

Ashley Park, Michael Urie, Jane Alexander, and James Cromwell in Grand Horizons. Photo by Joan Marcus

Grand Horizons
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Written by Bess Wohl
Second Stage/Helen Hayes Theater

Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall's The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre.
Nicco Annan, Toussaint Jeanlouis, Korey Jackson, Sheldon Best, and Cecil Blutcher star in Katori Hall’s The Hot Wing King, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, at Signature Theatre. (© Monique Carboni)

The Hot Wing King
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Written by Katori Hall
Signature Theatre Company

John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy
John Benjamin Hickey, Dylan Frederick, and cast of The Inheritance. Photo by Matthew Murphy

The Inheritance
Directed by
 Stephen Daldry
Written by Matthew Lopez
Barrymore Theatre

The Michaels
Written and Directed by
 Richard Nelson
Public Theater

Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus
Rebecca Henderson and Ako in Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow. Photo by Joan Marcus

Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Halley Feiffer
MCC Theater

From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni
From left to right: Leland Fowler, Jamyl Dobson, and Edward Mawere star in one in two. Monique Carboni

One in Two
Directed by
 Stevie Walker-Webb
Written by Donja R. Love
The New Group

Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, 'Sea Wall/A Life' Photo by Richard Hubert Smith
Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Sturridge, ‘Sea Wall/A Life’ Photo by Richard Hubert Smith

Sea Wall/A Life
Directed by 
Carrie Cracknell
Written by Simon Stephens/Nick Payne
Hudson Theater

Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus
Raúl Esparza in Seared. Photo by Joan Marcus

Seared
Directed by 
Moritz von Stuelpnagel
Written by Theresa Rebeck
MCC Theater

The cast of "Slave Play," (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.
The cast of “Slave Play,” (on ground l. to r.): Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Annie McNamara, Joaquina Kalukango, Paul Alexander Nolan. (In red boxes l. to r.) Irene Sofia Lucio and Chalia La Tour.(Courtesy of Matthew Murphy)

Slave Play
Directed by
 Robert O’Hara
Written by Jeremy O. Harris
New York Theatre Workshop/John Golden Theatre

Toni Lachelle Pollitt, Kristin Dodson, Nikkole Salter and Portia in Stew. Photo by Jeremy Daniel

Stew
Directed by 
Colette Robert
Written by Zora Howard
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OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Girl from the North Country
Directed by 
Conor McPherson
Book by Conor McPherson, Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan
Belasco Theatre

The Broadway cast of 'Jagged Little Pill.' (Photo: Matthew Murphy)
The Broadway cast of ‘Jagged Little Pill.’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Jagged Little Pill
Directed by 
Diane Paulus
Music by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard, Lyrics by Alanis Morissette, Book by Diablo Cody
Broadhurst Theatre

Moulin Rouge!
Directed by
 Alex Timbers
Book by John Logan, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Cast of Octet. Photo by Joan Marcus

Octet
Directed by 
Annie Tippe
Written by Dave Malloy
Signature Theatre Company

Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Saycon Sengbloh, Nathaniel Stampley, Eisa Davis, Anastacia McCleskey, and LaChanze in The Secret Life of Bees. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

The Secret Life of Bees
Directed by Sam Gold
Book by Lynn Nottage, Music by Duncan Sheik, Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Atlantic Theater Company

Jakeim Hart, Max William Bartos, Zara Devlin, Sam Poon, Brenock O’Connor, Brendan C. Callahan, and Gian Perez in Sing Street at New York Theatre Workshop.(© Matthew Murphy)

Sing Street
Directed by 
Rebecca Taichman
Book by Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Gary Clark and John Carney
New York Theatre Workshop

Cast of Six. Photo by Liz Lauren

Six
Directed by
 Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage
Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus
Conrad Ricamora and the cast of SOFT POWER. Photo by Joan Marcus

Soft Power
Directed by
 Leigh Silverman
Book and Lyrics by David Henry Hwang, Music and Additional Lyrics by Jeanine Tesori
Public Theater

Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee.
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop. Playwrights Horizons, New York, 2019. From left to right: James Jackson, Jr., John-Michael Lyles, Jason Veasey, Larry Owens, Antwayn Hopper, John-Andrew Morrison, L Morgan Lee. Photo by Joan Marcus

A Strange Loop
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Book, Music and Lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Playwrights Horizons

Adrienne Warren, company, 'Tina - The Tina Turner Musical' Photo by Manuel Harlan
Adrienne Warren, company, ‘Tina – The Tina Turner Musical’ Photo by Manuel Harlan

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Directed by 
Phyllida Lloyd
Book by Katori Hall, Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, Music by Various Artists
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Betrayal
Directed by
 Jamie Lloyd
Written by Harold Pinter
Jacobs Theatre

Alexandria Wailes and cast of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf. Photo by Joan Marcus

for colored girls who have considered suicide
/when the rainbow is enuf
Directed by
 Leah C. Gardiner
Written by Ntozake Shange
Public Theater

Michael Benjamin Washington in <i>Fires in the Mirror</i>. Photo by Joan Marcus
Michael Benjamin Washington in Fires in the Mirror. Photo by Joan Marcus

Fires in the Mirror
Directed by 
Saheem Ali
Written by Anna Deavere Smith
Signature Theatre Company

Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald in Frankie and Johnny. Photo by Deen van Meer

Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune
Directed by
 Arin Arbus
Written by Terrence McNally
Broadhurst Theatre

Judgment Day
Directed by 
Richard Jones
Written by Ödön von Horváth, Adapted by Christopher Shinn
Park Avenue Armory

Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne in MEDEA. Photo by Richard Termine

Medea
Directed by Simon Stone
Written by Simon Stone after Euripides
Brooklyn Academy of Music

Lorenzo Jackson, Katherine Renee Turner, Rosalyn Coleman and Galen Ryan Kane in A NATIVE SON. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Native Son
Directed by Seret Scott
Written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Richard Wright
The Acting Company

Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus
Emun Elliott, Marisa Tomei in The Rose Tattoo. Photo: Joan Marcus

The Rose Tattoo
Directed by Trip Cullman
Written by Tennessee Williams
Roundabout Theatre Company

A Soldier’s Play
Directed by Kenny Leon
Written by Charles Fuller
Roundabout Theatre Company

The Woman in Black
Directed by Robin Herford
Written by Stephen Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill
The McKittrick Hotel

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg
Farah Alvin, Alison Fraser, Allie Trimm, and Dana Costello in Enter Laughing. © Carol Rosegg

Enter Laughing
Directed by Stuart Ross
Book by Joseph Stein, Music and Lyrics by Stan Daniels
York Theatre Company

Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid
Jonathan Groff and Christian Borle in Little Shop of Horrors. © Emilio Madrid

Little Shop of Horrors
Directed by Michael Mayer
Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken
Westside Theatre

The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy
The 2019 cast of Rock of Ages at New World Stages. Photo: © Matthew Murphy

Rock of Ages
Directed by Kristin Hanggi
Book by Chris D’Arienzo, Music and Lyrics by Various Artists
New World Stages

Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)
Beth Malone (center) leads the off-Broadway cast of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. (© Carol Rosegg)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Directed by Kathleen Marshall
Book and New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
The Transport Group

West Side Story
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Broadway Theatre

DISTINGUISHED PERFORMANCE AWARD
David Acton, The Woman in Black
Jeffrey BeanDublin Carol
Ato Blankson-WoodThe Rolling Stone and Slave Play

James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy
James Cusati-Moyer and Ato Blankson-Wood in Slave Play Matthew Murphy

Christian BorleLittle Shop of Horrors
Danielle BrooksMuch Ado About Nothing
Danny BursteinMoulin Rouge!

Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy
Danny Burstein as Harold Zidler in Moulin Rouge! © Matthew Murphy

Rose Byrne, Medea
Len CariouHarry Townsend’s Last Stand
Patrice Johnson Chevannesrunboyrun & In Old Age

Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)
Chiké Johnson plays Disciple Ufot, and Patrice Johnson Chevannes plays Abasiama Ufot in runboyrun. (© Joan Marcus)

Liza Colón-ZayasHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ''Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven." (© Monique Carboni)
Liza Colón-Zayas plays Sarge and Elizabeth Rodriguez plays Miss Rivera in ”Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven.” (© Monique Carboni)

Kate del Castillothe way she spoke
Edmund DonovanGreater Clements
Raúl Esparza, Seared
Francesca FaridanyThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Halley FeifferThe Pain of My Belligerence
Danyel FultonBroadbend, Arkansas
Annie GoldenBroadway Bounty Hunter

Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)
Annie Golden and the off-Broadway cast of Broadway Bounty Hunter. (© Matthew Murphy)

Donnetta Lavinia GraysWhere We Stand
David Alan GrierA Soldier’s Play
Jonathan GroffLittle Shop of Horrors
Jake GyllenhaalSea Wall/A Life
Tom HiddlestonBetrayal
Paul HiltonThe Inheritance
Kathryn HunterTimon of Athens
Galen Ryan KaneNative Son
Brittney MackSix
April MatthisToni Stone

Eric Berryman, Jonathan Burke, April Matthis, Daniel J. Bryant, and Ezra Knight inThe Roundabout Theatre Company production of Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone. Photo by Joan Marcus

Susannah MillonziThe Crucible
Kate MulgrewThe Half-Life of Marie Curie
Joe NgoCambodian Rock Band

Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus
Courtney Reed and Joe Ngo in a scene from Cambodian Rock Band at the Pershing Square Signature Center. © Joan Marcus

Deirdre O’ConnellDana H.
Brenock O’ConnorSing Street
Okwui Okpokwasilifor colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Karen OlivoMoulin Rouge!

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon
Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! © David Gordon

Larry OwensA Strange Loop
Lauren PattenJagged Little Pill
Chris PerfettiMoscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Ben PorterThe Woman in Black
Isaac PowellWest Side Story
Jonathan PryceThe Height of the Storm
Elizabeth RodriguezHalfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Michael ShannonFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Tom SturridgeSea Wall/A Life
Marisa TomeiThe Rose Tattoo
Blair UnderwoodA Soldier’s Play
Michael UrieGrand Horizons
Adrienne WarrenTina: The Tina Turner Musical
Michael Benjamin WashingtonFires in the Mirror
PortiaStew

The Drama League also wishes to acknowledge the previous recipients of the Distinguished Performance Award who appeared in Broadway or Off-Broadway productions this season.  As the Award can only be won once in a performer’s lifetime, they are ineligible to be nominated; however, their exemplary work is recognized and applauded.
Harvey FiersteinBella Bella
Mary-Louise ParkerThe Sound Inside
Audra McDonaldFrankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Membership is open to everyone; for more information about membership or the Drama League Awards, please call (212) 244-9494 or visit www.dramaleague.org.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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Multimedia: HADESTOWN Star André De Shields Receives 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award at The Theatermakers Black Theater Preview at the Schomburg

Emmy and 2019 Tony Award-winning actor, singer, dancer, director, choreographer, playwright and educator André De Shields received the 2019 Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award at The Schomburg on October 7.

Erich McMillan-McCall, Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Erich McMillan-McCall, Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Project1Voice Lifetime Achievement Award recipient André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) President Jackie Jeffries, Project1Voice Founder and CEO Erich McMillan-McCall, Marcia Pendelton, President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) presented THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, hosted by four-time Tony Award®-winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney).

Mr. De Shields took The Schomburg audience to church, kicking off the evening with an acapella rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”  During the course of the interview, Simons asked Mr. De Shields to tell the story of his audition for The Wiz. De Shields painted a vivid picture of his audition at The Majestic and then sang his audition song, “In the Midnight Hour,” which sealed the deal.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 theater awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields will receive The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on November 11 and will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on November 18. He recently received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. www.andredeshields.com

James Mirrione and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Black Theater Preview, now in it’s second year, shines the spotlight on the presence of black artists on stage: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond.


André De Shields and Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang
Erich McMillan-McCall, Marcia Pendleton and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Erich McMillan-McCall, Jackie Jeffries, Marcia Pendleton. Photo by Lia Chang

THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition, featured presentations from Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Between Me and the World at The Apollo Theatre, and the Broadway-bound Thoughts of a Colored Man (Baltimore Center Stage); conversations with playwrights Donja R. Love (one in two) and Glynn Borders; directors Saheem Ali (Fires in the Mirror, The New Englanders), Robert O’Hara (Slave Play, Booty Candy, Mankind); leaders of black theater institutions such as Carl Clay (Black Spectrum Theatre Company), Dr. Indira Etwaroo (The Billie Holiday Theatre) and Kamilah Forbes (Apollo Theatre).

Spoken Word Artist Jay Delise. Photo by Lia Chang

Spoken Word Artist Jay Delise. Photo by Lia Chang
Producer Ron Simons. Photo by Lia Chang

Excerpts were presented from Classical Theatre of Harlem’s A Christmas Carol In Harlem; (A)loft Modulation by Jaymes Jorsling; Black Spectrum Theatre Company’s Sassy Mamas by Celeste Bedford Walker; for all the women who thought they were MAD by Zawe Ashton; American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices conceived and directed by Judy Tate; Reparations by James Sheldon; Broadbend, Arkansas – A new musical by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers; The Black History Museum…According to the United States of America by Zoey Martinson; New York Theatre Workshop’s runboyrun & IN OLD AGE by Mfoniso Udofia; and Thoughts of a Colored Man by Keenan Scott II.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO, the Audience Development Committee, Inc., was established in 1973 by Vivian Robinson to honor excellence in African-American theatre in New York City. AUDELCO presents the Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards (also known as Viv awards) annually. The awards were created to promote “recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in the African-American community.” Upon the death of Robinson, Grace L. Jones carried on the organization’s vision and mission for 13 years until she passed in 2018. The legacy continues with Jackie Jeffries, a 32-year veteran of theater.


Ralph Carter, Bambi Jones, Linda Armstrong, André De Shields, Jackie Jeffries and Rome Neal. Photo by Lia Chang

(A)loft Modulation
A play with jazz
by Jaymes Jorsling
directed by Christopher McElroen
The American Vicarious | Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York
September 26 – October 27

Eric Miller and Charlie Hudson III. Photo by Lia Chang
Bambi Jones, Mary Seymour. Photo by Lia Chang

American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices
Conceived and Directed by Judy Tate
American Slavery Project and Sheen Center
October 15 – 16

Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang
Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang
Messeret Stroman Wheeler. Photo by Lia Chang

Erich McMillan-McCall is the Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) a 501(c)(3), nonprofit performing arts service organization based in New York City. Its mission is to support and promote the American theater specifically the narrative of and by people of African descent. Through its innovative programs and partnerships, P1V works to provide significant support, accessibility and adequate representation for African American theater. P1V’s core activity is the coordination of an international, same-day staged reading series that revives and re-introduces forgotten seminal works by playwrights from the African Diaspora—a critical thread in the tapestry of the American theater—called One Play One Day. It takes place on the third Monday in June, each year.

Donna Briggs, Erich McMillan-McCall, Patrick L. Riley, Cherine Anderson and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Marcia Pendelton is the Founder and President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online. The company, founded in 2000, is a New York-based boutique marketing, audience development and group sales agency for the performing arts, with a special emphasis placed on the theater. The company has provided its expertise in creating diverse audiences for over 25 Broadway shows including the Tony winning productions of Jitney, Fences, and FELA! and numerous Off-Broadway for productions for clients such as The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, and many more. Follow the company on Twitter @blktheatronline and Instagram @walktallgirl.

André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over 11 million items that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts, and culture.

Ron Simons, Jaymes Jorsling, Glynn Borders, Donja R. Love, Robert O’Hara. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons, Dr. Indira Etwaroo, Carl Clay, Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

Between The World And Me
Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Theatre
October 25, 26. 28

Kamilah Forbes. Photo by Lia Chang

Sassy Mamas
by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Lorna Little Way
Black Spectrum Theatre Company
October 11 – 27

Carl Clay. Photo by Lia Chang

Between The World And Me
Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Theatre
October 25, 26. 28

Kamal Bolden and Lisa Arrindell in a scene from James Sheldon’s Reparations. Photo by Lia Chang

Established with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 93 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, the Schomburg won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and in January 2017, the Schomburg Center was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, recognizing its vast collection of materials that represent the history and culture of people of African descent through a global, transnational perspective. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

for all the women who thought they were MAD
by Zawe Ashton
directed by Whitney White
Soho Rep
October 14 – November 17

Ron Simons and Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Zawe Ashton. Photo by Lia Chang
Stephanie Berry. Photo by Lia Chang

The Black History Museum…
According to the United States of America
by Zoey Martinson
HERE
November 1 – 24

A monologue from The Black History Museum …According to the United States of America. Photo by Lia Chang

The Schomburg Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for patrons with disabilities. All facilities and entrances are wheelchair accessible. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for most events with at least two weeks advance notice.

Ron Simons, Whitney White, Garlia Cornelia Jones-Ly, Christina Franklin, Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang

The New Englanders
by Jeff Augustin
directed by Saheem Ali
Stage II at New York City Center | Manhattan Theater Club
September 17 – October 20

Fires in the Mirror
conceived, written and originally performed by Anna Deveare Smith
directed by Saheem Ali
Signature Theatre
October 22 – November 24

Saheem Ali. Photo by Lia Chang

runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
by Mfoniso Udofia
directed by Loretta Greco & Awoye Timpo
New York Theatre Workshop
September 4 – October 13

Zenzi Williams. Photo by Lia Chang
Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang
Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang
Zenzi Williams and Adesola Osakalumi. Photo by Lia Chang

Thoughts of a Colored Man
by Keenan Scott II
directed by Steven H. Broadnax III
Baltimore Center Stage
October 10 – November 10

Ron Simons and Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Ron Simons and Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II, Ron Simons and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang
Keenan Scott II and André De Shields. Photo by Lia Chang

Slave Play —
by Jeremy O. Harris
directed by Robert O’Hara
Golden Theatre
September 10 – January 5

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
directed by Leah Gardiner
choreographed by Camille A. Brown
The Public Theater
October 8 – November 24

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
by Katori Hall
directed by Phyllida Lloyd
choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
October 12 –

Broadbend, Arkansas – A new musical
by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers
directed by Jack Cummings III
music by Ted Shen
The Transport Group in Association with The Public Theater
The Duke on 42nd Street
October 25 – November 23

one in two
by Donja R. Love
directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
November 19 – December 29

The Dark Star of Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker
by Glynn Borders & Mario E. Sprouse
The La Mama Experimental Theatre
November 21 – December 1

Live Radio Play – The Renaissance EP: A Theatrical Mixtape
by Nsangou Njikam
directed by Adesola Osakalumi
Harlem Stage
November 21-22

A Christmas Carol In Harlem
written by Charles Dickens
adaptation by Shawn René Graham
directed by Carl Coffield
choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Classical Theatre of Harlem
December 4 – 21

BroadwayWorld Photo and Video Flash: Hadestown Star André De Shields Receives 2019 Project1voice Lifetime Achievement Award 

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Emmy Award Winner and 2019 Tony Award Winner André De Shields to Be Honored at THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at The Schomburg Center on October 7

AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee) President Jackie Jeffries, Project1Voice Founder and CEO Erich McMillan-McCall, Marcia Pendelton, President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) are presenting THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd) on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Four-time Tony Award®-winning producer Ron Simons of SimonSays Entertainment (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Porgy & Bess, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Jitney) will return as host. Black Theater Preview, now in its second year, brings attention to and celebrates the presence of black artists on stage: Broadway, Off-Broadway, and beyond.

THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition, will feature presentations from a diverse theatrical roster including Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Between Me and the World at The Apollo Theatre, and the Broadway-bound Thoughts of a Colored Man (Baltimore Center Stage). The evening will also present conversations with playwrights Jeremy O. Harris (Slave Play on Broadway), and Donja R. Love (one in two ), directors Saheem Ali (Fires in the Mirror, The New Englanders), and Michele Shay (Reparations), leaders of black theater institutions such as Dr. Indira Etwaroo (The Billie Holiday Theatre) and Kamilah Forbes (Apollo Theatre), and much more. Additionally, the program will dedicate the time to speak with and to honor Emmy Award-winner and 2019 Tony Award-winner André De Shields (Hadestown). Those attending the event will have access to a theater marketplace that will offer production details, discounts, and information from Black Theater service organizations.

A number of theater companies will participate in this evening of conversation, commentary and performance. They are:

runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
by Mfoniso Udofia
directed by Loretta Greco & Awoye Timpo
New York Theatre Workshop
September 4 – October 13

Slave Play —
by Jeremy O. Harris
directed by Robert O’Hara
Golden Theatre
September 10 – January 5

The New Englanders
by Jeff Augustin
directed by Saheem Ali
Stage II at New York City Center | Manhattan Theater Club
September 17 – October 20

(A)loft Modulation
A play with jazz
by Jaymes Jorsling
directed by Christopher McElroen
The American Vicarious | Mezzanine Theatre at A.R.T./New York
September 26 – October 27

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
by Ntozake Shange
directed by Leah Gardiner
choreographed by Camille A. Brown
The Public Theater
October 8 – November 24

Thoughts of a Colored Man
by Keenan Scott II
directed by Steven H. Broadnax III
Baltimore Center Stage
October 10 – November 10

Sassy Mamas
by Celeste Bedford Walker
directed by Lorna Little Way
Black Spectrum Theatre Company
October 11 – 27

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
by Katori Hall
directed by Phyllida Lloyd
choreographed by Anthony Van Laast
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
October 12 –

for all the women who thought they were MAD
by Zawe Ashton
directed by Whitney White
Soho Rep
October 14 – November 17

American Slavery Project’s Unheard Voices
Conceived and Directed by Judy Tate
American Slavery Project and Sheen Center
October 15 – 16

Fires in the Mirror
conceived, written and originally performed by Anna Deveare Smith
directed by Saheem Ali
Signature Theatre
October 22 – November 24

Between The World And Me
Book by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Developed and Directed by Kamilah Forbes
Apollo Theatre
October 25, 26. 28

Reparations
by James Sheldon
directed by Michele Shay
The Billie Holiday Theatre
October 25 – November 24

Broadbend, Arkansas – A new musical
by Ellen Fitzhugh & Harrison David Rivers
directed by Jack Cummings III
music by Ted Shen
The Transport Group in Association with The Public Theater
The Duke on 42nd Street
October 25 – November 23

The Black History Museum…
According to the United States of America
by Zoey Martinson
HERE
November 1 – 24

one in two
by Donja R. Love
directed by Stevie Walker-Webb
The New Group at Pershing Square Signature Center
November 19 – December 29

The Dark Star of Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker
by Glynn Borders & Mario E. Sprouse
The La Mama Experimental Theatre
November 21 – December 1

Live Radio Play – The Renaissance EP: A Theatrical Mixtape
by Nsangou Njikam
directed by Adesola Osakalumi
Harlem Stage
November 21-22

A Christmas Carol In Harlem
written by Charles Dickens
adaptation by Shawn René Graham
directed by Carl Coffield
choreographed by Tiffany Rea-Fisher
Classical Theatre of Harlem
December 4 – 21

Special Appearances:
Jay Delise – Spoken word artist
Girl Be Heard

André De Shields
Emmy Award and Tony Award winner

Participants and program subject to change.

THE THEATERMAKERS – A Black Theater Preview: Fall Edition is free. Seating is limited. RSVPs are required. For reservations visit www.Schomburg.org.

#BlackTheaterFallPreview2019

WHO’S WHO

André De Shields is the triple-crown winner of the 2019 theater awards season, having won the Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Awards as Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his unanimously critically acclaimed performance as Hermes, Messenger to the Gods, in Hadestown. The Actors’ Equity Foundation followed suit with the Richard Seff Award, which honors veteran stage actors’ best supporting performances of the year. Mr. De Shields will receive The York Theatre Company’s 2019 Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre on November 11 and will be inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame on November 18. He recently received the Key to the City of Baltimore from Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young. Prior to his Tony Award win, Mr. De Shields was best known for his show-stopping performances in four legendary Broadway productions: The Wiz, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Emmy Award), Play On! (Tony Nomination), and The Full Monty (Tony Nomination). In a career spanning fifty years, he has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, and educator, receiving in 2018 the 8th Annual Off Broadway Alliance Legend Award, and the 33rd Annual Bob Harrington Life Achievement Bistro Award. Among his other accolades are the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival’s Living Legend Award and the 2007 Village Voice Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance. www.andredeshields.com

AUDELCO, the Audience Development Committee, Inc., was established in 1973 by Vivian Robinson to honor excellence in African-American theatre in New York City. AUDELCO presents the Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards (also known as Viv awards) annually. The awards were created to promote “recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in the African-American community.” Upon the death of Robinson, Grace L. Jones carried on the organization’s vision and mission for 13 years until she passed in 2018. The legacy continues with Jackie Jeffries, a 32-year veteran of theater.

Erich McMillan-McCall is the Founder and CEO of Project1VOICE, Inc. (P1V) a 501(c)(3), nonprofit performing arts service organization based in New York City. Its mission is to support and promote the American theater specifically the narrative of and by people of African descent. Through its innovative programs and partnerships, P1V works to provide significant support, accessibility and adequate representation for African American theater. P1V’s core activity is the coordination of an international, same-day staged reading series that revives and re-introduces forgotten seminal works by playwrights from the African Diaspora—a critical thread in the tapestry of the American theater—called One Play One Day. It takes place on the third Monday in June, each year.

Marcia Pendelton is the Founder and President of Walk Tall Girl Productions/Black Theater Online. The company, founded in 2000, is a New York-based boutique marketing, audience development and group sales agency for the performing arts, with a special emphasis placed on the theater. The company has provided its expertise in creating diverse audiences for over 25 Broadway shows including the Tony winning productions of Jitney, Fences, and FELA! and numerous Off-Broadway for productions for clients such as The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Manhattan Theater Club, and many more. Follow the company on Twitter @blktheatronline and Instagram @walktallgirl.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (Kevin Young, Director, Schomburg Center) Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. As a research division of The New York Public Library, the Schomburg Center features diverse programming and collections spanning over 11 million items that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts, and culture.

Established with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 93 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, the Schomburg won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and in January 2017, the Schomburg Center was named a National Historic Landmark by the National Park Service, recognizing its vast collection of materials that represent the history and culture of people of African descent through a global, transnational perspective. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

The Schomburg Center is committed to providing accessible programs and services for patrons with disabilities. All facilities and entrances are wheelchair accessible. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation is available for most events with at least two weeks advance notice.

Follow the Schomburg Center on Instagram and Twitter @schomburgcenter

Ron Simons is a four-time Tony Award-winning producer, four-time Sundance Film Festival selected producer and actor of stage, film and television. He is the Founder and CEO of SimonSays Entertainment. Simons recently won his 4th Tony Award for the August Wilson hit Broadway show Jitney, under the category “Best Revival of a Play,” making him the highest African-American Tony Award winning producer of all time, and cementing him as the leading Broadway producer working today bringing diversity to the stage.

As CEO/President of SimonSays Entertainment, Ron Simons leads the strategic planning and development of theatre and film projects including the critically acclaimed films “Night Catches Us,” “Gun Hill Road,” “Blue Caprice” and “Mother of George” (all of which premiered at Sundance). His first documentary “25 to Life” premiered at the American Black Film Festival where it won Best Documentary. He also produced the Broadway productions of Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Tony Award for Best Musical), Porgy & Bess (Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Tony Award for Best Play, Drama Desk, New Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, Drama League Award for Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play),and A Streetcar Named Desire (AEA’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award). Off-Broadway projects include Turn Me Loose, Bedlam’s St. Joan and Bedlam’s Hamlet Awards Off-Broadway Alliance Award – Best Revival (for Saint Joan) and the Chicago production of 5 Lesbians Eating Quiche which received the FringeNYC Outstanding Production Award. He most recently received the Emerging Producer Award at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival Opening Gala. Follow Ron Simos on Instagram @therealronsimons