Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, and author Tony Kushner was awarded the Museum of the City of New York’s 2016 Louis Auchincloss Prize last week.
The prize is presented to writers and artists whose work is inspired by the city of New York City.
Kushner adds the accolade to his two Tony Awards, Pulitzer Prize, Obie. and Emmy. Past recipients of the Louis Auchincloss Prize include Wynton Marsalis, Philip Glass, Stephen Sondheim, Elliot Erwitt, Pete Hamill, Sheldon Harnick and Ada Louise Huxtable.
Presenting the Award to Kushner were Bruno Quinson, Chairman of the Louis Auchincloss Prize and Museum Trustee, Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director of the Manhattan Theater Club and past Louis Auchincloss Prize recipient, Whitney Donhauser, the Museum’s Ronay Menschel Director and President, and David Guin, Partner at Withers Bergman, the evening’s sponsor.
The dinner was held in the Museum’s Ronay Menschel Hall, and featured a performance of a selection from Millennium Approaches, the first part of Kushner’s Tony Award winning play “Angels in America.”
Guests included Museum Trustees Tracy Pontarelli and her husband Ken, Stan Ladner and his wife Sandy, Elizabeth Graziolo, Sylvia Hemingway, Lorna Goodman, Newt Merrill and his wife, Polly, Barbara Fife, Daryl Brown Uber and her husband, Bruce; Louis Auchincloss’ sons Andrew and his wife Tracy Ehrlich, John and his wife Tracy Pennoyer, and Blake and his wife Lisa Yokana; Falsettos composer William Finn; Caroline or Change and Fun Home composer Jeanine Tesori, Teresa Eyring, Executive Director, Theater Communications Group, the Museum’s former Ronay Menschel Director Susan Henshaw Jones and her husband, Richard; the Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator Sarah Henry, and Donald Albrecht and Steven Vider, Curators of the Museum’s new exhibition Gay Gotham; in addition to Celine and Alex Merrill, Monique Townes, Mati Widerpass, Greg Zaffiro, Nellie Gipson, Judy and Bert Steir, Mary Ann Oklesson, Jane and Budd Goldman, among many others.
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