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Adam Rapp Among Princess Grace Award Honorees

Adam Rapp, a recent Pulitzer Prize finalist for his Red Light Winter, is among the honorees of this year's Princess Grace Awards, according to Variety.

The ceremony will take place on November 2nd at Cipriani 42nd Street (between Lexington and Park Avenues).  Prince Albert II of Monaco is scheduled to preside over the awards gala.  Larry King will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will begin at 6:30 PM with a reception and silent auction.  The ceremony will begin at 7:30 PM, and there will be dinner and dancing until midnight.

Rapp, who is a previous Princess Grace honoree, will receive the $25,000 grant that is given to past Princess Grace Award-winners (ballet dancer Maria Kowroski will be similarly honored).

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA, was founded in 1984, in memory of Princess Grace of Monaco to continue her work assisting aspiring artists pursue their career goals.

The Foundation awards grants to emerging theater, dance, and film artists in the United States.  This year, in addition to the traditional grants, the Foundation will award an additional General Operating Support grant to companies hosting a 2006 Princess Grace Awards winner.  "These grants are a new component to the 2006 Princess Grace Awards package" says Executive Director Toby E. Boshak. "Companies working with a 2006 Awards winner will be able to use these grants to help support general operating expenses for the institution.

Other Princess Grace Award honorees in the category of theatre include directors Suzanne Agins (of the Williamstown Theatre Festiva), Alice Reagan (of Target Margin Theatre), lighting designer Christopher Brown (of Mud/Bone), director Maureen Towey (of Sojourn Theatre), director Chi-wang Yang (of the California Institute of the Arts), playwright James McManus (of New Dramatists), and actor Michael Braun (of the Yale School of Drama).  A total of 24 artists were selected to receive grants this year.

Rapp's other plays include Nocturne, Stone Cold Dead Serious and Essential Self-Defense, which will be produced by Playwrights Horizons next year.

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