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Edward Albee wins MacDowell Medal for lifetime achievement

April 12, 2011 |  4:12 pm

Albee3 Edward Albee has won nearly every artistic award available to an American playwright. Add one more. On Tuesday, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire announced that it is awarding Albee its Edward MacDowell Medal for lifetime contributions to his field.

Albee, 83, wrote such plays as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "A Delicate Balance," "Three Tall Women" and "The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?" He has won three Tony Awards — including a lifetime achievement award — and three Pulitzer Prizes during his lengthy career. He also received the National Medal of Arts in 1996.

Started in 1960, the MacDowell Medal is awarded annually to individuals in various creative fields. Recipients include architect Thom Mayne, choreographer Merce Cunningham, writer Joan Didion and painter Georgia O'Keefe. Last year's winner was jazz artist Sonny Rollins.

Albee's most recent work includes "At Home at the Zoo" — a reworking of his play "Peter & Jerry" — and "Me, Myself & I."

The playwright appeared at UCLA' Royce Hall in 2009, giving a talk about his career and plays. "Every play and playwright has something to teach me," he told Times theater critic Charles McNulty. "Bad playwrights tell me what not to do. Good ones tell me how to accomplish what I really want to do more intelligently."


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— David Ng

Photos: Edward Albee. Credit: Jennifer S. Altman / For The Times.