This prize was created by Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC), which has enjoyed a long and fruitful collaboration with playwright Terrence McNally. The award has been given annually to recognize a new play or musical that celebrates the transformative power of art — pieces that call to mind the themes and resonance of McNally’s Master Class, Golden Age (both PTC premieres) as well as The Lisbon Traviata.  We believe that the inherent humanity found in McNally’s work, along with his belief in the indelible impact that art and beauty can make on our individual and universal soul should be recognized and celebrated.

The Selection Process

The selection process will be announced in the fall of 2020, with an aim of presenting the award in early 2021.

About Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally, who passed away this winter, is the recipient of four Tony Awards for Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class, Ragtime and Kiss of the Spider Woman.  Other plays include Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Lisbon Traviata; Corpus Christi; The Ritz; Some Men; A Perfect Ganesh; it’s Only A Play; Bad Habits; The Stendhal Syndrome; Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams; Deuce and Unusual Acts of Devotion.  His other musicals include the books for Catch Me If You Can; The Full Monty; A Man of No Importance, and The Visit, as well as the libretto for the opera Dead Man Walking.  He won an Emmy Award for Andre’s Mother.

(PTC mounted the world premieres of Master Class, Golden Age, Some Men, and Unusual Acts of Devotion and the Philadelphia regional premieres of Love!Valor!Compassion!, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Mothers and Sons and Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.)