The Dramatists Guild of America has announced the first round of 2023 award recipients. This year’s Lifetime Achievement Awards will go to Jules Feiffer and the team of Gretchen Cryer and Nancy Ford. The awards will be presented at Joe’s Pub in downtown Manhattan on May 15.
Feiffer earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Play for his 1976 work “Knock Knock.” He also wrote the play “Passionella,” which is the basis for the musical “The Apple Tree,” as well as “Little Murders” and additional material for “Oh! Calcutta!” Feiffer is also a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and Oscar-winning screenwriter.
Cryer wrote the book and lyrics for “I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road,” which features music by Ford. Together, the two also wrote “Now Is the Time for All Good Men,” the Obie Award-winning “Last Sweet Days of Isaac,” “Hang On to the Good Times,” “The Fabulous Party,” “The American Girls Revue,” “Circle of Friends” and “Anne of Green Gables.”
In addition to these honors, the Dramatists Guild will also present the Hull-Warriner Award to playwright Samuel D. Hunter for “A Case for the Existence of God” and Sanaz Toossi for “English.” The Hull-Warriner Award recognizes a work dealing with controversial political, religious or social topics of the day. Broadway’s James Ijames’ is among the runners-up for this prize for “Fat Ham,” which is currently playing the American Airlines Theatre.
The Flora Roberts Award in recognition of distinguished work in theater will go to playwright Caridad Svich.
Additional Dramatists Guild Awards, including the Horton Foote Award, Frederick Loewe Award and more will be announced at the spring ceremony.
The Dramatists Guild is the professional association for playwrights, librettists, lyricists and composers of the American theater.