GW English extends a hearty congratulations to Professor Renee Calarco, whose play, The Religion Thing, was nominated for a 2013 Helen Hayes Award! Professor Calarco is nominated in the category of Outstanding New Play or Musical.
Since 1983, the Helen Hayes Awards have recognized professional theater in the Washington, D.C. region. They are named for the famous actress Helen Hayes, sometimes known as “the First Lady of the American Theatre.” The full list of 2013 nominations can be accessed here.
In a review of The Religion Thing‘s premier at Theater J early last year, Ben Demers writes in DC Theatre Scene:
“Faith can bind people together under the banner of common belief, or it can create deep rifts, irreconcilable by way of reason or shared history. In Theater J’s lovingly crafted production of Renee Calarco’s The Religion Thing, a polished cast navigates the playwright’s meditation upon the complex role of faith in relationships, marked by a heady brew of razor sharp humor, repressed secrets, and raw emotion.”
The 2013 Helen Hayes Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Warner Theater on April 8, 2013.