Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will present the Monte Cristo Award to Oscar and Tony Award winning actor Christopher Plummer at the annual gala fundraiser in New York for Waterford’s Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
The presentation will be made at the Edison Ballroom in Manhattan on Monday night. Spacey was the recipient of the award in 2009.
Directed by Marc Bruni, the evening will feature musical tributes, readings, clips from Plummer's stage roles, and remarks by close friends and colleagues paying homage to a titan of stage, film, and television. O’Neill executive director Preston Whiteway and bioard chairman Tom Viertel will host the ceremony.
The award is given to a prominent theater artist" in recognition of a distinguished career exemplifying Eugene O’Neill’s 'pioneering spirit, unceasing artistic commitment, and excellence.'
Previous recipients of the award include: Michael Douglas, James Earl Jones, Harold Prince, Zoe Caldwell, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Karl Malden and Jason Robards Jr.
The Honorary Committee includes Spacey, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, Julie Andrews, Alec Baldwin, Emanuel and Lani Azenberg, André Bishop, Ric Burns, Zoe Caldwell, Antoni Cimolino, Brian Dennehy, Helen Mirren, Jordan Roth, James Schamus, Dean Vanech, Harvey Weinstein, Barry and Fran Weissler.
O’Neill Founder George C. White, Betsy White, O’Neill Chariman Tom Viertel, Pat Daily, and O’Neill Executive Director Preston Whiteway are also on the committee.
Limited tickets still available. Information:www.theoneill.org.