Before listeners around the country who were tuned in to NPR’s “All Things Considered” on Thursday heard about the regional Tony Award being presented Sunday night on the televised awards show, they first learned that a new kind of award – recognizing an outstanding audience member – is being presented live this Saturday in Arlington, VA.
The first Gary Lee Maker Audience Award presentation will be made in front of audiences gathered to see Washington Shakespeare’s Night and Day at Artisphere. David Tannous, long time enthusiast of Washington area theatre, will receive the award at a pre-show presentation. “You have a treasure in so many different theater groups in the D.C. area,” Tannous told NPR listeners. “And it is worth your making a little effort to find this treasure, and to enjoy it.”
Joining him on the radio show were Jay Hardee and Christopher Henley from Washington Shakespeare Company, Maker Award Committee member Susan Absher, and Lorraine Treanor of DC Theatre Scene, who conceived of the award.
Also on hand for the presentation will be glass artist Teddie Hathaway, who created the award, and Mark Krikstan of 1st Stage, who also nominated Tannous.
Tickets for the performance of Night and Day are still available. Click here to buy.
In case you missed the NPR segment, you can listen and download it here.
The show, narrated and produced by Rebecca Sheir, first aired in a slightly longer version on WAMU 88.5’s “Metro Connection” June 3rd. Hear it here.