Playwright Katori Hall and producer/directorWoodie King, Jr. will be honored with All Stars Project Groundbreakers Awards at the All Stars Project’s national gala benefit entitled, Big Builders for Young People, to be held at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, on on Monday, May 7. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6pm followed by dinner and program at 7pm.
The Gala will be hosted by Roscoe Orman, best known as Gordon on Sesame Street, and will feature hip-hop, rap and dance performances by youth of the All Stars. Renowned dancer, Desmond Richardson has choreographed a special dance piece featuring 11 inner-city youth performers from the All Stars Project.
Hall – who was represented earlier this season on Broadway with The Mountaintop and Off-Broadway with Hurt Village — is being recognized for her work in helping to open doors for new voices in the American theatre. Her play Children of Killers will make its American premiere at the Castillo Theatre in September 2012.
King, who is Founder and Producing Director of the New Federal Theatre, is being recognized for his pioneering efforts and outstanding accomplishments in Black theatre.
Groundbreaker Awardees will also include David C. Banks, President and CEO, Eagle Academy Foundation, Valerie and William Bell, Founders, Sean Elijah Bell Community Center and Anderson J. Franklin, Ph.D. Honorable David S. Nelson Professor of Psychology and Education, Boston College.
For tickets and more information, call 212-356-8449.