In celebration of its 65-year legacy, the Drama Desk Awards is debuting a replacement statuette, to be formally presented at the annual ceremony on Sunday, May 31, 2020. The Drama Desk organization announced today that the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards, which celebrate outstanding theater on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway, will adopt a revised season end date of March 11, and move forward with the discharge of nominations on April 21, and online announcement of awards on May 31.
“New York theater is caught during a moment of outstanding uncertainty. within the face of this, the mission of the Drama Desk – recognizing the thousands of artists and craftspeople who structure our community – has never been more urgent. We are committed to honoring the outstanding work of this season as best we will , with safety the very best priority,” Charles Wright and David Barbour, Drama Desk Co-Presidents, said.
The 65th annual Drama Desk Awards will move online this spring. This year’s awards are going to be presented in honor of the lifetime of William Wolf, former Drama Desk president and longtime film and drama critic , who died last month of complications associated with the novel coronavirus. The organization said that additional details about the 65th Annual Drama Desk Awards nominations and winners announcements are going to be determined “as things allows” and announced at a later date.
About the Drama Desk Award
Founded in 1955, the Drama Desk Awards honor outstanding achievement by professional theater artists on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway. The Drama Desk Awards are voted on and bestowed by theater critics, journalists, editors, publishers and broadcasters covering theater.
The Drama Desk Awards ceremony is one among the main theater events of the spring awards season, and, unlike the Tony Awards, encompass Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway also as Broadway productions.The awards show, which honors Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and Broadway productions, will release nominations on April 21 and announce the winners on May 31. The Drama Desk organization will use a cut-off date of March 11 for eligibility.