Actress scores recognition for her continued contributions to theater
Meryl Streep has been tapped to receive the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s annual Monte Cristo award, given each year to a legit creative singled out for distinguished contributions to the theater.
Streep, who started out in theater before launching into film, has long stayed connected to the theater industry over the years, appearing in Shakespeare in the Park outings “Mother and Courage and her Children” (in 2006) and “The Seagull” (in 2001) and signing on as a presenting producer for the Broadway run of “Bridge and Tunnel” (in 2006). Last year she played Juliet opposite Kevin Kline’s Romeo in the Public Theater’s one-night-only reading of “Romeo and Juliet.”
Her upcoming film output also has a strong legit angle: She appears in the starry screen adaptation of Pulitzer-winning play “August: Osage County,” queued up for a Christmas release from the Weinstein Company, and is currently filming Rob Marshall’s movie version of Stephen Sondheim tuner “Into the Woods.”
Actress joins a list of past Monte Cristo recipients including Michael Douglas, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Spacey and Brian Dennehy, among others.
The 14th annual award is handed out by the O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Conn., which oversees a number of prominent new-work development programs including the National Playwrights Conference and the National Music Theater Conference, which together have yielded successful titles such as “In the Heights” and “Avenue Q” plus works by August Wilson and Wendy Wasserstein.
One of Streep’s earliest acting gigs was at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference in 1975, where she appeared in five play workshops in six weeks (pictured, above).
Streep will receive the Monte Cristo award – to be presented to her by actor Joe Grifasi, another O’Neill alum who was also her classmate at the Yale School of Drama – at an April 21 ceremony in Gotham.
So it was confirmed that Meryl’s going to attend the BAFTAs in 3 days, Feb 10th (Sunday) as a presenter:
Attendees announced for the EE British Academy Film Awards 2013
It’s the news you’ve all been waiting for: the confirmed list of attendees for the EE BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday 10 February! Feast your eyes on the star-studded list of guests below…
Nominees confirmed to date include:
Alicia Vikander, Amy Adams, Andrea Riseborough, Ang Lee, Anne Hathaway, Barbara Broccoli, Ben Affleck, Bradley Cooper, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Christoph Waltz, Dame Judi Dench, Daniel Day-Lewis, Elizabeth Olsen, Eric Fellner, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Jackman, Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Joaquin Phoenix, Juno Temple, Marion Cotillard, Michael G. Wilson, Quentin Tarantino, Sally Field, Sam Mendes, Steven Spielberg, Suraj Sharma, Tim Bevan, Tim Burton and Tom Hooper.
Sir Alan Parker, recipient of the BAFTA Fellowship, and Tessa Ross, recipient of the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award, will also be in attendance.
Presenters and other guests confirmed to date include:
Alice Eve, Ben Whishaw, Billy Connolly, Chris Tucker, Danny Boyle, David Morrissey, Eddie Redmayne, Gemma Arterton, Helen McCrory, Henry Cavill, Ian McKellen, Jennifer Garner, Jeremy Irvine, Jeremy Renner, John C Reilly, Kevin Spacey, Mark Strong, Martin Freeman, Meryl Streep, Nicholas Hoult, Olga Kurylenko, Paloma Faith, Rafe Spall, Samuel L Jackson, Saoirse Ronan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sarah Silverman, Simon Pegg and Tom Hiddleston.
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