Hwang received the Distinguished Playwright Award of $200,000. He had originally received the award last year but due to the cancellation of the ceremony because of Hurricane Sandy, he was honored at this year’s awards ceremony.
Hwang is best known for his play “M. Butterfly,” which he spoke about at the ceremony as having, “limped into New York City,” in 1988 after struggling in a previous production in Washington, D.C. He credited the play’s success to the generous support of producers and said the experience taught him that playwrights depend heavily on the generosity of others.
Hwang’s new play, “Kung Fu,” will be produced at the Signature Theatre Center in the spring.
To read more about the other playwrights honored at this year’s Steinberg Playwright Awards, go to the Wall Street Journal.
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