Artistic Director Tony Taccone and Managing Director Susan Medak both scored awards recently. We already told you about Susan's award. On Friday, Tony picks up the Margo Jones Award!
Recipients of this award have demonstrated a significant impact, understanding, and affirmation of the craft of playwriting and have encouraged the living theatre everywhere. Past recipients include Joseph Papp, Lloyd Richards, and Christopher Durang and Marsha Norman.
Margo Jones was an influential director and producer best known for creating the model for the American regional theatre movement. The co-director of the original Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie, in 1947 she established the nation’s first professional regional theatre company in Dallas. She staged 85 plays there, including 57 new works such as William Inge’s Farther Off from Heaven, Tennessee Williams’ Summer and Smoke, and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind.
“All the sparkling, descriptive words and phrases we use to define the legacy of Margo Jones — impact, understanding, affirmation, encouragement, commitment to the craft of playwriting, encouragement of new writers—are woven into Tony’s inspiring and creative work at Berkeley Rep,” said Deborah Robison, a member of the awards committee. “We are happy, in Margo’s name, to be honoring and celebrating his significant contribution to the theatre.”
“I consider it a privilege to have enjoyed a long and prolific career in the theatre,” Tony says. “In addition to generous helpings of luck, success in this field depends on spectacular collaborators — and the archetypal collaborator for anyone in regional theatre, the standard-bearer of our movement, was Margo Jones. She was committed to creating art for her community while simultaneously crafting new work that would speak to a larger audience across the nation and across time. So it is an honor to receive this award, a compliment to be considered alongside so many other accomplished artists, and a tribute to all the collaborators who helped Berkeley Rep reach its present level of achievement.”