The Sundance Institute’s Theater Program will present its inaugural Tennesee Williams Award to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the scribe whose latest play will bow later this spring at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.
The kudo highlights a promising emerging legit creative to have come through the Institute’s theater program, which oversees a variety of initiatives that support and develop new legit work. Jacobs-Jenkins (“Neighbors”) had stints at last year’s Sundance playwrights retreat at Ucross Foundation, as well as at the theater lab held at the Sundance Resort.
Award, which comes with a $10,000 check, will be handed out as part of Sundance’s upcoming benefit for its theater program.
Sally Field will present the laurel to Jacobs-Jenkins at the event, which will also include performance segs from Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori’s recent tuner “Fun Home” — another Sundance alum — performed by Maggie Gyllenhaal, Judy Kuhn and David Hyde Pierce. Cherry Jones will perform scenes from “Appropriate,” the Jacobs-Jenkins play that preems at Humana.
The benefit and award ceremony will be held April 8 at the Stephen Weiss Studio in downtown Gotham.