The PWSCC Theatre Conference is designed to recognize playwrights and directos who have distinguished themselves in their craft by being on the frontier and cutting edge of their profession. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Albee and Tony award-winning director Marshall W. Mason have leant their vision to this annual event, and each year a playwright and director are selected by them to receive The Edward Albee Last Frontier Playwright Award and The Last Frontier Directing Award. Albee and Mason have joined us each year since the ocnference began in 1993 and will be featured at future conferences, but because of work schedules, they will not be with us this year. Albee will be in London for the opening of the revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" with Diana Riggs. Mason is directing two plays this summer, including the premier of a Lanford Wilson play. They both send good wishes and regrets to all who are attending the 1996 Conference. We are pleased to include this year the Sakhalin International Theatrical Chekhov Center from Yuzhno-Ssakalinsk, Russia, as sponsored by the University of Alaska, Anchorage. They will present True West, the professional production that was invited by the Russian Cultural Ministry and the Theatre of Nations to play the Moscow Art Theatre.
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