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Downstate, English, Leopoldstadt Win Major Theatre Awards
May 9, 2023, 1:53.30 am ET


Photo: English/Ahron R. Foster

A host of major theater awards were handed out in the past few days. On May 8, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama was given to Sanaz Toossi’s “English,” about four Iranian adults preparing for an English language exam. The show, which was seen at the Atlantic Theatre, was a co-production of the Atlantic and the Roundabout Theatre Company.

Photo: Leopoldstadt/Joan Marcus

Also on May 8, the New York Drama Critics Circle named Bruce Norris’s “Downstate,” which was presented at Playwrights Horizons, as Best Play of the 2022-23 season. The award for Best Foreign Play went to Tom Stoppard’s “Leopoldstadt,” which can be seen at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre. No award was given for Best Musical.

Photo: Downstate/Joan Marcus

Special citations were awarded to the Broadway revival of “Parade,” now at Broadway’s Bernard Jacobs Theate, as well as to playwright Adrienne Kennedy for lifetime achievement, and to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club for ongoing achievement in Off-Off Broadway theater.

Meanwhile on Sunday, May 7, the 2023 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were handed to recipients in 15 categories. “Wolf Play” was the big winner with a total of five Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Play, Director, Ensemble, and “Titaníque,” which took home three awards including Best Musical. In addition, The Public Theater’s production of “A Raisin in the Sun” took home the award for Best Revival.

Acting winners included K. Todd Freeman (“Downstate), Maria Mindelle (“Titanique”), A.J. Shively (“A Man of No Importance”) and Mia Barron (“The Coast Starlight.”) Special honorees included Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Stephen McKinley Henderson, who starred on Broadway in “Between Riverside and Crazy.”

Lastly, GALECA (the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association) has named Nathan Lane its Timeless Star for 2022-23. Lane appeared this season on Broadway in “Pictures From Home.” The organization, which hands out its coveted Dorian Awards for film and television, will bestow its first annual theater awards, covering Broadway and Off-Broadway on June 1.