David Hyde Pierce, who will soon return to Broadway in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike at the Golden Theatre, will join Ellen Burstyn, Jayne Houdyshell, Elizabeth Marvel and David Strathairn on the Drama Desk's annual Spring Panel Discussion at Sardi's on Friday, March 22, entitled "The Art of Storytelling." The discussion will be moderated by Ronald Rand, Drama Desk member and founder/publisher of "The Soul of the American Actor" Newspaper. The Panel Discussion will run approximately from 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM following a luncheon at 11:45 AM.
Drama Desk, currently headed by Isa Goldberg, was founded in 1955 and became the first major theater organization to honor Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway, with the Vernon Rice Awards, named for the late New York Post critic who pioneered Off-Broadway coverage in the New York press. Today, Drama Desk Awards, which are given annually in a number of categories, are the only major New York theater honors for which productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway compete against each other in the same category.
The 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards will be presented by TheaterMania.com on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at The Town Hall.