Actor Kevin Spacey will soon be adding another trophy to his extensive resume — but not for his work in film. The Helen Hayes Awards, akin to the D.C. version of the Tony awards, will be honoring Spacey with the Helen Hayes Tribute, given each year to an exemplary figure in the theater.
Though best known for his roles in films such as “American Beauty,” ”The Usual Suspects,” and “L.A. Confidential,” Spacey has theatrical bonafides. He’s appeared on Broadway in plays such as “The Iceman Cometh” and “Lost in Yonkers,” for which he won a Tony. He currently serves as the artistic director of the famous Old Vic theater in London. Spacey is also being honored for his arts advocacy, which brought him to D.C. along with Alec Baldwin in August to testify on Capitol Hill.
Previous Helen Hayes Tribute winners have included Lynn Redgrave, Stephen Sondheim, and James Earl Jones. The awards ceremony will take place on April 23 at the Warner Theatre in D.C.
“Kevin Spacey is a master performer," said Victor Shargai, chairman of the TheatreWashington board of directors, in a press release. “But, even more, he is a man who understands that theatre is a transforming experience.”