Congratulations to Randy Gener, Senior Editor of American Theatre Magazine, who will be presented with the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, this country’s highest award for dramatic criticism and one of the most distinguished awards in the American theatre on Monday, March 9 at the Philippine Consulate Center, 556 Fifth Avenue at 7pm. Actors Victor Lirio and Rona Figueroa are the evening’s emcees.
Gener, the first Asian American to receive this award, will be celebrated with performances by Broadway leading men Jose Llana (“25th Annual Putnam Valley Spelling Bee”, Paolo Montalban (“Cinderella” and Roundabout’s “Pacific Overtures”) and Orville Mendoza (“The Romance of Magno Rubio” and Sondheim’s “Road Show”). The musical performance will include a new medley of songs in the style of a serenade (harana), specially arranged by composer Fabian Obispo, and is an excerpt from a new musical THE LONG SEASON about Philippine immigration in the U.S., with lyrics and book by Chay Yew. It will be produced in April at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, N.J.
The festivities will take place from 7 to 9 pm Monday March 9 at the Kalayaan Hall (Freedom Hall) of the Philippine Consulate Center, 556 Fifth Avenue in New York City (near 45th Street). Ellis Hanson, Chair of the Cornell English Department, will present the award to Gener. Hon. Cecilia Rebong, Consul General of the Philippines, will be on hand.
The Nathan Awards Committee was particularly impressed by Gener’s writings in American Theatre magazine. The Committee’s citation for Gener reads, “He has used that venue [America Theatre Magazine] and others to draw our attention to largely ignored voices and visions on the international theatrical scene, to the work of Filipino-American playwright Jessica Hagedorn, to a small but lively Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, and to the future of theatrical criticism itself in essays that wed critical intelligence with a beat reporter’s love of the telling and unruly fact. In one piece, Gener argues that, at its best, criticism is ‘a cultural asset, one of the bases on which democracy and community are built.’ He fulfills that lofty goal by implicitly reminding us of how much that is excellent in theater here and abroad is ignored by a critical fraternity which, during this age of globalization, seems more parochial than ever.”
The prize for the Nathan Award consists of the annual net income of half of Mr. Nathan’s estate. The annual award now amounts to $10,000, making it the richest as well as one of the most distinguished in the American theater. In addition, the winner receives a trophy symbolic of the award. For a complete description of the Nathan award and its origins, visit
Source: Broadway World Article
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