The Stanley Drama Award was established in 1957 by Mrs. Alma Timolat Stanley in conjunction with the Stanley-Timolat Foundation, which supports aspiring playwrights. The national competition is administered by the Theatre Department of Wagner College, with past judges including such notables as playwrights Edward Albee and Paul Zindel, actresses Geraldine Page and Kim Stanley, and producer David Susskind. Past winners, which were chosen for this award before they were professionally produced, have included such groundbreaking works such as Ceremonies in Dark Old Men by Lonne Elder III and Rent by Jonathan Larson. In 2012, actor Richard Thomas presented the award to Karen L. Lewis for The Perfect Wife.
About the Players In 1888, Edwin Booth founded this club for “the promotion of social intercourse between members of the dramatic profession and the kindred professions of literature, painting, architecture, culture and music, law and medicine, and the patrons of the arts.” Theplayersnyc.org