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Denzel Washington to Receive New Dramatists’ Distinguished Achievement Award

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Actor Denzel Washington looks on during the fight between Deontay Wilder and Luis Ortiz during their WBC Heavyweight Championship fight at Barclays Center on March 3, 2018 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City.

*Denzel Washington will receive another award for his stage work this spring.

The actor, about to make his Broadway return in George C. Wolfe’s production of The Iceman Cometh, will receive New Dramatists’ 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award at the group’s 69th Annual Spring Luncheon tribute on May 15 in New York.

The honor, presented to individuals who have made an outstanding artistic contribution to the theatre community, has previously gone to such stage artists as Audra McDonald, Bernadette Peters, Edward Albee, Meryl Streep and Stephen Sondheim, among others.

“Mr. Washington has earned his career status through hard-work and excellence,” said Emily Morse, Artistic Director of New Dramatists. “He’s a professional actor who continues to pursue artistic and career challenges, like undertaking the plays of August Wilson, an alumnus of New Dramatists, and Eugene O’Neill, for example, and it’s his fearless risk-taking that connects him to what the playwrights working at New Dramatists and the collaborators who support their processes seek every day.”

Morse called Washington “a respected, consummate artist, and for this reason we wish to honor him at this year’s luncheon.”

The Iceman Cometh begins previews March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening April 26.

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