According to a statement, “The Margo Jones Award honors those who have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and who have encouraged the living theatre everywhere.”
Mann is a multi-award-winning director and celebrated playwright, having garnered the Peabody Award, the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University.
Mann has served as the artistic director of McCarter Theatre for 25 seasons, where she has overseen 200 productions, including some of her own works. Mann accepted the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater and the 2013 Tony Award for best new play for Christopher Durang’s play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Her most recent directing project at McCarter is the East Coast premiere of Rachel Bonds’s Five Mile Lake, opening this May.
Some of Mann’s plays include Annulla, An Autobiography; Still Life; Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; Mrs. Packard; and Testimonies: Four Plays, published by Theatre Communications Group. Her adaptations include Antigone, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, a free adaptation of The Seagull: A Seagull in the Hamptons and The House of Bernarda Alba. Emily’s adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage premiered this fall at New York Theatre Workshop.
The Margo Jones Award will be presented to Mann at McCarter Theatre Center on May 16th at a ceremony which will include the notable speakers Nadine Strossen, Jade King Carroll and Christopher Durang, who was himself a recipient of the award.