59th Annual Drama Desk Awards Will Be Presented at Town Hall in June
30 Jan 2014
The 59th Annual Drama Desk Awards, which honor outstanding achievement by professional theatre artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, will be presented June 1 at 8 PM at The Town Hall (123 W. 43rd Street).
Joey Parnes Productions will produce and manage the show. Gretchen Shugart is the managing executive producer of the awards.
Nominations for the annual awards will be announced April 25 at 11 AM at the Manhattan nightspot 54 Below.
The awards show will be written by Bill Rosenfield and directed by Jack Cummings III (co-founder and artistic director of Transport Group).
"What sets Drama Desk Awards apart is that they are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors and publishers covering theater, without any vested interest in the results," according to press notes. "For this reason, Drama Desk Awards reflect both enthusiasm for all aspects of New York's professional theater and a level of erudition and theatrical experience unparalleled in our industry's other prize-giving organizations."
The 2013-2014 Drama Desk Nominating Committee comprises Barbara Siegel, Chairperson, (Author and Freelance Critic); Morgan Jenness (Dramaturg; Columbia & Fordham University Professor); Samuel L. Leiter (Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theatre, CUNY); Sandy MacDonald (TheaterNewsOnline.com and TheaterMania.com); Chad McArver (Lighting and Set Designer; Professor, Fordham University); Martha Wade Steketee (Editor and Contributor, Chance Magazine; UrbanExcavations.com); and James Wilson (Theatre Professor, CUNY; Co-Editor of JADT).
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.