The North Carolina outdoor drama The Lost Colony has been tapped for a 2013 Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre. With 75 seasons under its belt, the yearly production on Roanoke Island began in the summer of 1937 and has continued almost every year since. It is the longest-running symphonic drama in the country. This video shows clips from the play:
Tony Honors for Excellence in the Theatre awards are considered the highest recognition for off-Broadway theatre. They are presented annually to individuals or organizations in the theatre business that produce outstanding work, but are not eligible to receive Tony Awards, which are exclusively for Broadway theatres in Manhattan. The Tony Honors awards have been given annually since 1990.
The Pulitzer Prize winning play was written by Paul Green and dramatizes the birth of Virginia Dare, thought to be the first child of English parents born on the continent. The Lost Colony’s 2013 theatre season will kick off on May 31 and run until August 23. Notable artists who have spent summers at The Lost Colony include Andy Griffith, Lynn Redgrave, and Steve Kazee. The production is overseen by Ira David Wood, III.