The Lark Play Development Center honored playwright Katori Hall and Lark board member Sandi Goff Farkas at a special benefit event, held on Tuesday, October 11.
The evening included a pre-show party and award presentation at the Lark's new midtown Manhattan home, followed by a Broadway performance of Hall's The Mountaintop, starring Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson.
Among the evening's attendees was playwright David Henry Hwang, represented on Broadway this season by Chinglish, and director Diane Paulus, who is helming the Broadway production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
Farkas is the founder of Playwrights of New York (PONY), which in partnership with the Lark Play Development Center, provides playwrights with a year of housing, living stipend, and artistic support as well as continued support in the two years following the Fellowship.
Hall was the third recipient of the PONY Fellowship. During Hall's time as the PONY Fellow, she developed a number of works including Children of Killers, Our Lady of Kibeho, Pussy Valley and The Mountaintop, which was presented as a Lark BareBones® before receiving a full production on London's West End for which it won the 2010 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
For tickets and more information on the Broadway production of The Mountaintop, click here.