Smith, Fugard, Ensler to receive honorary awards
In addition to its competish, the Tonys also bestow a few honorary awards. The three biggest this year go to Philip J. Smith, Athol Fugard and Eve Ensler.
Smith has been with the Shubert Organization for more than 50 years. He began as a box office treasurer and had served as its president from 1996 to 2008. He is now chairman of the org, which produces Broadway shows and is the largest owner of Main Stem theaters.
Fugard has been up to the Tony plate five times with his plays “Master Harold … and the Boys,” “Blood Knot,” “A Lesson From Aloes,” “The Island” and “Sizwe Banzi Is Dead.” But never has the award been his. The 79-year-old South African playwright possesses an extensive legit resume, one that boasts more than 30 plays.
Isabelle Stevenson Award
Ensler will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which honors a legit individual’s humanitarian efforts. The playwright-performer’s longrunning “The Vagina Monologues” inspired her to found V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. The movement has raised more than $80 million to date.
Ensler’s newest work, “I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World,” kicks off a worldwide tour this summer.
excellence in theater
The Tonys also give out excellence in theater awards. This year, those kudos go to legit animal trainer Bill Berloni, the Drama Book Shop in Manhattan, and Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts, which promotes diversity in the theater.
All honors will be given out at the Tony Awards on June 12.
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