Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award

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The first New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award, a prize to honor an American playwright with a recent professional theater debut in New York City, was awarded to Tarell Alvin McCraney for his play "The Brothers Size."

The prize was presented on May 27 by Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. publisher of The New York Times, at a ceremony held at The New York Times Building in Manhattan. Guests in attendance included Rocco Landesman, the new chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts; actor's Marian Seldes, Marian Solkol and Rodney To; singers Karen Akers, Darius de Haas and KT Sullivan; broadcasting legend Joe Franklin; and playwrights Quiara Hudes, Tina Landau, James Lapine and Lynn Nottage.

Members of the selection committee were Sylviane Gold, committee chair, and Tony Award-winning playwrights Edward Albee, Richard Greenberg and James Lapine, Lynn Nottage the recipient of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and, from The New York Times, cultural news editor Sam Sifton, theater editor Katherine E. Bouton and Arts & Leisure theater editor Andrea Stevens.

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Photo Credit: Paul M. Gaykowski for The New York Times

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award designed by Kevin Huang

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Tarell Alvin McCraney accepts the first New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Tarell Alvin McCraney and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. publisher of The New York Times

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Sam Sifton and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Tarell Alvin McCraney, Rocco Landesman and Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Joe Franklin

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Darius de Haas and Marian Seldes

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Karen Akers and Jamie deRoy

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Marilyn Sokol

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
David Noh, KT Sullivan and Rodney To

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Karen Akers and Tarell Alvin McCraney

Photo Flash: Tarell Alvin McCraney Honored With The New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award
Tarell Alvin McCraney

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