69th Anniversary Spring Luncheon to Honor Denzel Washington

May 15, 2018 - 11:15am

Photo credit: John Russo

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

This spring, New Dramatists will honor DENZEL WASHINGTON at our 69th Anniversary Spring Luncheon. We applaud Denzel as a respected, consummate artist who pursues artistic and career challenges - including his commitment to produce ND alumnus August Wilson's entire oeuvre for HBO, and his current work onstage in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh.

It is our honor to recognize his many contributions to the arts at the luncheon on May 15.

The most lauded stage and screen actor of his generation, Denzel Washington is currently starring on Broadway as Hickey in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. His unforgettable performances have garnered him two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and countless other awards. He received his first Academy Award for the historical war drama Glory (1989) and his second for the crime drama Training Day (2001). In addition, he has been nominated for Academy Awards for his performances in Cry Freedom (1987), Malcolm X (1992), The Hurricane (1999), Flight (2012), and August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences (2016), in which he reprised his Tony Award-winning role opposite Viola Davis. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for Mr. Washington. Most recently he was nominated for an Academy Award for Roman J. Israel, Esq. (2017). Other notable credits include A Soldier’s Story (1984), Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Crimson Tide (1995), Devil in a Blue Dress (1995), Remember the Titans (2000), Inside Man (2006), The Great Debaters (2007), and American Gangster (2007). Mr. Washington’s professional acting career began in New York, where he performed in theatre productions such as Ceremonies in Dark Old Men and Othello. He rose to fame when he landed the role of Dr. Phillip Chandler in the long-running hit NBC television series “St. Elsewhere.” His other credits include the television movies “The George McKenna Story,” “License to Kill,” and “Wilma.” In 2016, Mr. Washington was selected as the recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards.


Your options include a Premium Sponsorship, table, ad in our Tribute Journal, or single tickets to this extraordinary luncheon. We're reserving sponsorships and tables now; Premium Sponsors receive preferred table placement and are included in Honorary Committee lists (see right for more details). For more info, contact Tiffany Baran 212-757-6960 ext. 5472 or by email.


All proceeds from the Luncheon directly support New Dramatists’ resident playwrights and their work.

Event Details

Broadway Ballroom
Marriott Marquis Hotel
1535 Broadway
New York, New York

Champagne Reception /
11:15 am

Luncheon & Entertainment /
12:00 pm

Single Tickets

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