The Clarence Derwent Award
Ari Graynor, Christian Borle Receive Equity's Clarence Derwent Awards
(New York, NY, May 25, 2005) Ari Graynor and Christian Borle have been selected to receive the 60th annual Clarence Derwent Awards, honoring the most promising female and male performers on the New York metropolitan scene. The announcement was made today by Carl Harms, Trustee of the Awards and President of the Actors' Equity Foundation. The prizes are $2,000 each plus an engraved crystal trophy.
Ms. Graynor was recognized for her performance as Alison in the Manhattan Theatre Club production of BROOKLYN BOY, which marked both her Broadway and MTC debuts. Mr. Borle was cited for his performance in MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT, in which he played the roles of Historian, Not Dead Fred, French Guard, Minstrel and Prince Herbert.
The presentation will take place at 2 PM on Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at the offices of Actors' Equity Association, 165 West 46th Street, New York.
This is the 60th anniversary of the Derwent Awards, the oldest awards on Broadway. They were established by Clarence Derwent, a distinguished actor and former President of Actors' Equity.*
Past recipients include Calista Flockhart, Annette Bening, Gene Hackman, Dana Ivey, John Malkovich, George C. Scott, Frances Sternhagen and Kristin Chenoweth.
The Judges' Panel includes: Irene Backalenick, Back Stage; Clive Barnes, New York Post; Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; Patrick Quinn, President of Actors' Equity; David Rosenberg, Back Stage; Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger; Douglas Watt, The Daily News, and Carl Harms.
* Who was Clarence Derwent ? For a related story, click here…
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Unknown to anyone but his sister and lawyer, Clarence Derwent had stipulated in his will that two five hundred dollar prizes were to be given out annually to the best individual supporting performances on Broadway. He had originally planned to have the awards given out only after his death, but, he reflected, “The amount of fun one can have from one’s money when underground is strictly limited…” So the Derwent Awards began in 1945.
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