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Concord Theatricals will receive New Dramatists’ Konecky Award

The licensing house will be honored at the New Dramatists’ annual luncheon in May.

New Dramatists, the Tony Award-honored organization dedicated to nurturing new generations of playwrights, has named Concord Theatricals as the recipient of its inaugural Konecky Award. Concord Theatricals will be celebrated at the previously announced New Dramatists’ annual spring luncheon tribute on May 14 at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. 

The Konecky Award is named for Isobel Konecky, Tony-nominated producer and former New Dramatists board president who passed away in 2021, and her husband, Ron Konecky, who was an entertainment attorney. The award acknowledges those in the theater and entertainment industry “who serve the field with passion, dedication, excellence and leadership.”

Concord Theatricals is the licensing house which encompasses R&H Theatricals, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection. Titles recently added to the Concord’s catalog include 2023 Best Musical Tony nominee “Some Like it Hot,” Amy Herzog’s Tony-nominated adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” and 2022 Best Musical Tony winner “A Strange Loop.”

“As the parent company of Samuel French — a founding name in theatrical publishing and licensing — and the steward of catalogs from R&H Theatricals, Tams-Witmark and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, Concord Theatricals is a strong, committed advocate of creative artists,” said New Dramatists executive director Christie Brown in a statement. “We are delighted to recognize their service to the field.”

“Concord Theatricals is deeply honored to be the recipient of the inaugural Konecky Award,” stated Sean Patrick Flahaven, chief theatricals executive of Concord, in a statement. “Supporting playwrights and their work is our core mission at Concord and has been the cornerstone of my own career. In this 75th anniversary year of New Dramatists, we celebrate the many writers we share, from its founders, to contemporary icons, to the newest voices that need to be heard.”

As previously reported, the New Dramatists May luncheon will also honor director Michael Greif, currently represented on Broadway this season with “Days of Wine and Roses,” “The Notebook” and the upcoming “Hell’s Kitchen.” This year’s luncheon’s honorary co-chairs will be Tony-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Stacey Mindich.