Denzel Washington




(Short Video Piece by Magda Katz)



Photos: Magda Katz

Video Interviews: Sandi Durell


On Tuesday, May 15, the Marriott Marquis hosted the 69thAnnual Spring Luncheon to honor Tony and Academy Award Winner Denzel Washington (The Iceman Cometh), featuring tributes by Branford Marsalis, George C. Wolfe, Stephen McKinley Henderson and many more.


Many I spoke with were thrilled to be in the midst of this tribute and had much to add regarding the playwrights they love, respect and want to hear more from.  Listen to what Glenda Jackson, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Marianne Elliot, Itamar Moses, Lynn Nottage, Lea Salonga, Ethan Slater, Celia Weston, Margaret Colin and many others had to say.


A large poster of Denzel was situated in the lobby on which many of the attendees signed their names in tribute.



The New Dramatists is dedicated to the Playwright and each year salutes individuals who have made an outstanding artistic contribution to the theatre community.



Condola Rashad

Len Cariou

Stephen Schwartz

Lindsay Mendez

Glenda Jackson

Judith Light

Tamara Tunie

Laurie Metcalf

Denise Gough

Stephen McKinley Henderson

Lea Salonga

Itamar Moses

Allyson Tucker, Brian Stokes Mitchell