WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
The Lucille Lortel Awards recognize excellence in off-Broadway theater by honoring the contribution of artists in that community. Among the special honors to be presented this year is the Lifetime Achievement Award, which will go to costume designer William Ivey Long. A multiple Lortel Award nominee, Long is also a 15-time Tony Award nominee and 6-time winner. Lynn Nottage, another honoree, will get her name added to the famed Playwrights' Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Nottage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays have been nominated for multiple Lortel Awards. Among them is Ruined, which received the 2009 Lortel Award for outstanding play. Theater executive Harold Wolpert will be honored with the Edith Oliver Service to Off-Broadway Award. Mr. Wolpert recently stepped down from his post as managing director of the Roundabout Theatre Company after 11 years. During his career, he led all management, finance, administration, production, marketing, operations, and labor relations for some of the largest and most recognized not-for-profit theatre companies in the country. These three honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony that members of the public may attend.