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2019 KESSELRING PRIZE AWARD CEREMONY and RECEPTION
Honoring Playwright
Inda Craig-Galván 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Reading + Awards 7:00 PM
Award Cocktail Reception to follow at 8:30 PM                

EVENT UPDATE!
The Kesselring Prize will feature award winning actress Alysia Reiner as its special guest speaker. Best known for her roles on the Netflix comedy drama Orange Is The New Black and in the feature films Sideways and Kissing Jessica Stein, she has appeared regularly on stage and received an Obie Award for her performance in the Off Broadway play An Oak Tree.  

The Kesselring Committee has selected Inda Craig-Galván for the 2019 Kesselring Prize for playwriting, for her tragicomic play Black Super Hero Magic Mama about a mother who magically turns into a super hero while mourning the shooting death of her unarmed teenage son by police. As this year’s Kesselring Prize winner, Craig-Galván shall receive $25,000 from the Club’s Kesselring Fund plus the opportunity to reside for two weeks in our historic clubhouse.    
     Inda Craig-Galván’s plays I Go Somewhere Else, A Hit Dog Will Holler, and Welcome to Matteson! have been developed and/or produced at Geffen Playhouse, Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Old Globe, San Francisco Playhouse and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. In addition to the Kesselring Prize, her honors include Kilroys List, Steppenwolf’s The Mix, Kennedy Center Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, Blue Ink Award, Humanitas Prize Play LA, and Princess Grace Award.  She has written for the acclaimed TV series How to Get Away with Murder and The Rookie.      
     The Kesselring Prize was established in 1980 by Charlotte Kesselring – widow of noted playwright and Club member Joseph Kesselring – to honor and support as yet not nationally recognized playwrights with an honorarium and indirect support towards development of their work. Among its past recipients are Lucas Hnath, Tony Kushner, Nicky Silver and Anna Deavere Smith. The 2019 Kesselring Prize Jury included Stephen Adly Guirgis, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Between Riverside and Crazy; Anne Cattaneo, Lincoln Center Theater dramaturg; and the renowned playwright John Guare.       

The Kesselring Prize shall be presented at an awards ceremony on November 4, 2019, at 7:00 PM and will include staged readings directed by Kesselring Prize Artistic Advisor Michael Parva of The Directors Company. A reception shall follow the awards ceremony at 8:30 PM.  

A wine reception in the Front Parlors follows the awards ceremony and reading, featuring hand select wines and passed hors d’oeuvres. $78 (all inclusive) for NAC members and their guests. RSVP: 212-477-2389 or [email protected]

There is no charge for the 7:00 PM awards ceremony and reading.
Please RSVP via Evenbrite at kesselring2019.eventbrite.com

A wine reception in the Front Parlors follows the awards ceremony and reading, featuring hand select wines and passed hors d’oeuvres. $78 (all inclusive) for NAC members and their guests. RSVP: 212-477-2389 or [email protected]

Non-members and guests may purchase tickets via Eventbrite
for the reception.


**There is a 48-hour cancellation policy for this event and please note that the bar and dining room will be closed, except for attendees of the Kesselring Ceremony.


2019 Kesselring Prize and Awards Ceremony
Monday, November 04, 2019 7:00 PM