Golden Child scribe and Tony winner David Henry Hwang will be presented with the 2012 Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award on October 29. The award, presented biennially, honors the artistic achievement of an American playwright who has made significant contributions to the American Theater. The award will be presented at Broadway’s Vivian Beaumont Theater.
Presented by the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Mimi Awards encourage the development and production of new American plays. First established in 2008, past recipients of the award include Tony Kushner, David Adjmi, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Bruce Norris, Lynn Nottage, Lisa D’Amour and Melissa James Gibson.
Hwang earned a Tony Award for Best Play for M. Butterfly. His plays Yellow Face and M. Butterfly were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His additional Broadway playwriting credits include Face Value, Golden Child and Chinglish. Hwang has written the book for Broadway musicals including Flower Drum Song, Tarzan and Aida. Hwang’s play Golden Child is currently playing at off-Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center.