New Dramatists 71st Anniversary Luncheon Cancelled

Photo credits (L to R): Angela Brown, Rodolfo Martinez

It is with sadness that we let you know ‪New Dramatists has cancelled its previously announced 71st Annual Spring Luncheon due to the COVID-19 emergency. The event, scheduled for Thursday, May 21st at the New York Marriott Marquis, was to honor Tony Award winners Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori with its 2020 Distinguished Achievement Award. 

We reached this decision with the safety and well-being of the community at the forefront of our minds; however, we will sorely miss the chance to congregate, as we've done these past 70 years, to honor two extraordinary theatre artists, and celebrate our illustrious company of current and alumni playwrights, in the company of our vital, vibrant theatre community. Your presence at this event allows New Dramatists to pursue its simple mission: to provide playwrights with time, space and resources in the company of gifted peers to create work, realize their artistic potential, and make lasting contributions to the theatre.

As this annual event is the vehicle through which many donors choose to support New Dramatists, the effects of its cancellation are being felt among our company of playwrights and staff. If you’re able to do so, please consider making a donation to New Dramatists, in lieu of your annual Luncheon support. Help us keep the home fires burning for our writers as they create and develop new works for the stage, with their collaborators, as soon as it is deemed safe.


All donations directly support New Dramatists’ resident playwrights and their work.