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received a Golden Globe for her roles in Angels in Americaand Weeds;she is currently still appearing in Weeds,playing the part of Nancy.

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In 2001, a year after its debut on Broadway, Proofwas awarded the following: the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, the New York Drama CriticsCircle Best Play, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the Tony Award for Best Play.

The Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prize was first awarded on June 4, 1917. This most well-known of literary awards was established by Joseph Pulitzer, born in Mako, Hungary on April 10, 1847. Pulitzer was the son of a wealthy grain merchant and was educated in private schools by tutors. He became a newspaper journalist at the age of 25, and died in 1911.

Joseph Pulitzer specified and made financial allowances for four awards in his name, spanning the fields of journalism, letters and drama, education, and traveling scholarships. In 1917, the Pulitzer Prize Board increased the number of awards given to 21 and added poetry, music, and photography. Award winners receive a cash prize and great critical acclaim.

The Tony Award

The Tony Award recognizes achievements in American theater. It was first presented on April 6, 1947, and was named in honor of Antoinette Perry, an actress, director, producer, and wartime leader. This prestigious award is presented by the American Theatre Wing and is decided by a panel of about 700 judges. Although it was founded in 1947, the first medallion was not given out until three years later at the awards ceremony in 1949.

The New York CriticsCircle Award

The New York CriticsCircle Award was created in 1935 by the Algonquin Hotel. It is the second oldest theatre award and is awarded every year to the best new play of the season. The Circle Award was originally decided by nine critics from daily newspapers and magazines. It is now decided by 21 major theater critics drawn from throughout New York.

The Drama Desk Award

The Drama Desk Award was created in 1955 and is given to plays that are produced on Broadway, off Broadway, and in other non-profit theatres. This award is designed to recognize plays that appear in various theater realms, in contrast to other awards that focus solely on Broadway productions. The Drama Desk Award has helped launch the careers of major stars and playwrights. Some off Broadway productions, including Driving Miss Daisyand Steel Magnolias,have achieved worldwide success as a result of receiving this award.


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