Actress Kristen Johnston will co-host this year’s Lucille Lortel Awards at the Off-Broadway Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis in New York on May 3 to benefit the Actors Fund of America.

Now in its 24th year, the awards will be presented by Jeremy Irons, Parker Posey, Kerry Butler, John Glover, Marsha Mason, Phyllis Newman and many others.

The Lucille Lortel Foundation was created by Lucille Lortel to foster excellence and diversity in the theatre, as well as to faithfully preserve the rich history and support the continued prosperity of Off-Broadway. The Foundation has several major programs, including its general operating support program that has provided millions of dollars to small to mid-size theatres in New York City, universities, and theatre service organizations. The Foundation created and maintains the Internet Off-Broadway Data Base (www.lOBDB.com ).

For a listing of all of the Foundation programs, previous Lortel Award nominees and recipients, information on the Lucille Lortel Theatre and Playwrights Sidewalk, and much more, visit www.lortel.org. For tickets to the event, click here.

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