Playwright and filmmaker tapped for legit nod
Adam Rapp is among the legit honorees of this year’s Princess Grace Awards, given out annually to up-and-comers in theater, dance and film.
Playwright and filmmaker Rapp (“Red Light Winter”) is a past winner of the Princess Grace, and his latest award is a $25,000 grant given to outstanding previous recipients.
Ceremony is skedded for Nov. 2, when Maria Kowroski, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, receives a similar award.
Most of the year’s grant winners are affiliated with troupes or schools, which receive supporting grants for operation costs. Legit directing honorees Suzanne Agins and Alice Reagan are linked to the Williamstown Theater Festival and Gotham’s Target Margin, respectively, while winning playwright James McManus is a member of New Dramatists and thesp Michael Braun attends the Yale School of Drama.
This year the foundation handed out grants to 24 artists. Named after Princess Grace of Monaco, the awards were established two years after her death in 1982. Past recipients include scribe Tony Kushner and Stephen Hillenburg, creator of “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
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The Culture Project’s latest project is “Speak Truth to Power,” a politically charged staged reading starring a rotating cast of celebs, a la “The Exonerated.”
Directed by Terry Kinney, the run kicks off tonight with a benefit perf at Chelsea Piers featuring Charles Grodin, Robin Wright Penn, Martin Sheen, Sharon Stone and Sigourney Weaver, among others.
After that, the show, part of the company’s Impact Fest, moves to the Culture Project for a run from Oct. 15-Dec. 18, with a core cast of actors including Ellen McLaughlin (“Angels in America”).
That ensemble will be augmented by various celebs, starting with Richard Dreyfuss.
Play by Ariel Dorfman (“Death and the Maiden”) is based on the book by Kerry Kennedy and Eddie Adams that profiles 50 activists around the world, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Elie Wiesel and Rigoberta Menchu Tum.