Photo Coverage: Eve Ensler Receives ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS Award
Just last night, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey presented Tony Award winning playwright, performer and activist Eve Ensler with the Absolute Brightness Award. The award, previously awarded to LGBT civil rights hero Edie Windsor and Tony Award Winner and activist Alan Cumming, is given to a unique individual who is a shining beacon in their community, and an inspiration to live as your truest self.
Eve Ensler is a Tony Award winning playwright, performer and activist. She authored The Vagina Monologues, which has been translated into over 48 languages and performed in over 140 countries, including a sold-out run at the Westside Theater. Ms. Ensler's experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. She has devoted her life to stopping violence, envisioning a planet where women and girls will be free to thrive, rather than merely survive. Ms. Ensler was awarded the 2011 Isabelle Stevenson Tony Award which recognizes an individual from the theater community who has made a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations.
THE ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS OF LEONARD PELKEY, the much talked-about new play written and performed byJames Lecesne, has scenic design by Jo Winiarski, lighting design by Matt Richards, sound design by Christian Frederickson, projection design by Aaron Rhyne, original animation & photography by Matthew Sandager, and costumes by Paul Marlow.
This "remarkable and moving" (New York Times) new play is directed by Tony Speciale, with original music by Tony Award-winning composer Duncan Sheik. Following a sold-out run at Dixon Place, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey is now in performances will officially open on Monday, July 27, 2015, at the Westside Theatre.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski