Emerging playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors) was honored with the Sundance Institute's first-ever Tennessee Williams Award on Monday, April 8 at Stephen Weiss Studio. Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field (Broadway's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?) presented Jacobs-Jenkins with the award.
The evening featured scenes from Jacobs-Jenkins new play, Appropriate, as well as musical selections from the Sundance-supported musical Fun Home. The organization was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford as a global nonprofit dedicated to nurturing artistic expression in film and theater. The program has been responsible for the development of such plays and musicals as Spring Awakening, I Am My Own Wife, and Circle Mirror Transformation, among others.
Guests and performers at the gala included Maggie Gyllenhaal, Tony Award winners Cherry Jones and David Hyde Pierce, and fashion designers Donna Karan and Kenneth Cole, among others.