Edward Albee has been tapped by the Writers Guild of America East as the recipient of its Evelyn F. Burkey Award.
The kudo will be awarded to Albee at the 62nd annual Writers Guild awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at the Hudson Theatre in Gotham.
In both word and deed, Edward Albee has lived a life of letters that distinguishes writers wherever they may be,” said Michael Winship, WGA East president. “He would be a notable recipient of the Burkey Award for his body of work alone, but in addition, through his Edward F. Albee Foundation and its William Flanagan Center, Mr. Albee has encouraged and honored the creativity of countless others toiling in all aspects of the arts.”
Albee has written more than 30 plays, including “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “The Zoo Story,” “The Sandbox,” “Tiny Alice,” “A Delicate Balance,” “Three Tall Women” and “The Play About the Baby.”
Albee has won four Tony Awards, three Pulitzer Prizes, and an Obie Award. He’s also is a Kennedy Center honoree and has received a special Tony award for lifetime achievement, the National Medal of Arts, and a Gold Medal in drama from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
The Burkey award, named after the WGA East’s first exec director, recognizes a person or an organization “whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere.” Last year’s trophy went to the Committee to Protect Journalists; other recipients include: Walter Bernstein, Joan Didion, Martin Scorsese, Colin Callender, Vaclav Havel, David Brown, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Miller, Joan Ganz Cooney, Art Buchwald, Horton Foote, Andy Rooney, and Walter Cronkite.