WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley Summer Theatre will receive
a professional award at the 41st Annual Moss Hart Memorial
Awards, to be presented Nov. 2 at the New England Theatre
Conference. The annual awards have a two-fold purpose: to
honor the memory of dramatist and director Moss Hart and
to recognize and encourage outstanding theatrical productions
throughout New England.
The award focuses on scripts that present affirmative views
of human courage and dignity, that have strong literary
and artistic merit and that exemplify creative treatment
within the intent of the playwright.
"Winning the Moss Hart Award is especially gratifying
because of the nature of the award," said Nora Hussey, director
of theatre and theatre studies at Wellesley College. "It
recognizes not only the artistic measure of a production
but the intrinsic value of theatre to society. At Wellesley
Summer Theatre, our goal is not only to entertain our audiences
but to offer some insights into the workings of the human
heart and mind."
The 2002 performance of The Clearing, a play by
Helen Edmundson, garnered the award for Wellesley. Its author
described it as "a story of romance, passion and treachery."
Historian Peter Berresford Ellis noted, "The Clearing
is a play based on a grim fact. Ever since the 12th century,
England has made frequent attempts to conquer and rule Ireland.
The Clearing is set against the implementation of
England most vicious design to solve its 'Irish Question'
by the eradication of the entire Irish nation."
Hussey will accept the award at New England Theatre Conference
ceremonies on Nov. 2 in New Hampshire.
"The Clearing was a very deeply moving experience for
the company, and this tells us that others found it thus
as well," she said.
Wellesley Summer Theatre, which celebrated its fifth season
this year, has been recognized by arts-and-entertainment
media such as The Boston Globe, which praised the
company for "successfully capturing through tone, time and
gesture" the productions it undertakes.
For more information, contact Nora Hussey at 781-283-2000.
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.