The Vivian Beaumont Theater Lobby was aglow at Lincoln Center last night, filled with the many supporters who attended for the 2013 Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust as they presented the Steinberg Playwright Awards – The MIMI – to this year’s winners, Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Bagdad Zoo) and to Annie Baker (The Flick) and to last year’s winner David Henry Hwang (who never received his Award due to Hurricane Sandy).
After a jolly cocktail reception, guests were invited to the Mitzi Newhouse Theatre for presentations of the Awards and special performances by the winners. Todd London gave opening remarks and the evening progressed as Oskar Eustis introduced an excerpt from Kung Fu, the latest play from Mr. Hwang which will be presented in 2014 at the Signature Theatre. The scene was played by Bradley Fong and Cole Horibe.
John Guare was on hand to present the award to Annie Baker and an excerpt from The Flick followed featuring Alex Hanna, Louisa Krause, Matthew Maher & Aaron Clifton Moten.
Rajiv Joseph was introduced by John Clinton Eisner and a presentation followed from his latest work Guards at the Taj, featuring Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed.
The festivities continued with a catered reception.
The Mimi Awards promote theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American playwrights and encouraging the development and production of new plays. The Awards are presented biennially to honor accomplishments of some of the most gifted up and coming American playwrights.
Photos: Sandi Durell
Video by Magda Katz