New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards announced for the 2021-22 season

Winners of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards 2022 were announced this evening (Thursday, May 12), immediately following the organization’s 86th annual voting meeting. The second-oldest playwriting award in the US, after the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, has been awarded to the best new play of the season every year since 1936. Additional awards may also be being given each season for foreign or American plays and musicals, along with special citations to individuals, groups, and/or productions for outstanding contributions. The awards include a cash prize of $2,500 for Best Play, made possible by a grant from the Lucille Lortel Foundation.

The New York Drama Critics’ Circle consists of 22 drama critics from newspapers, magazines, wire services, and websites based in the New York metropolitan area. Adam Feldman, theater critic and editor for Time Out, has served as President of the NYDCC since 2005. Joe Dziemianowicz serves as Vice President and Zachary Stewart as Treasurer.

This year’s recipients are:

Best Play: A Case for the Existence of God, written by Samuel D. Hunter, directed by David Cromer, world premiere production at Signature Theatre Company, 2022;

Best Musical: Kimberly Akimbo, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori, directed by Jessica Stone, world premiere production at Atlantic Theater Company, 2021-22;

Special Citations: Actor and Director Austin Pendleton, for 60 years of work; Emerging Talent Sanaz Toossi, for her plays English and Wish You Were Here.

The awards will be presented in a private ceremony at Feinstein’s/54 Below on Friday, May 20, beginning at 8 pm. Congratulations to the winners!


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