Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was in New York on Monday as the kickoff speaker in a tribute to Michael Douglas, who received the Monte Cristo Award for contributions to the theater. Courant theater critic Frank Rizzo reports:
Malloy was buoyant when he heard that Quiara Alegría Hudes, who was an Aetna Voices playwright at Hartford Stage, won the Pulitzer Prize in drama Monday afternoon for “Water By the Spoonful,” a play that was commissioned, developed and premiered at the theater. “I saw the play and liked it very much,” he said during the reception. (The O’Neill can claim Hudes, too. She developed the two other parts of her trilogy — in which “Spoonful” is the center play — at the theater center.)
Malloy was hanging with former U.S. Sen. Christopher Dodd, now CEO and chairman of the Motion Picture Association of America, who said jokingly that Hollywood was like the Senate in that he was surrounded by a “[expletive] egos.” (Douglas would say later that Dodd’s challenges in the Senate would pale with “trying to get seven studio heads to agree on anything.”)
Read Rizzo’s full report here.