Mark Ruffalo presented the PEN/Laura Pels Award for Master American Dramatist to Larry Kramer, addressing Kramer’s activism as much as his literary talent. “Kramer’s fearless work obscures the boundaries between the personal and the political,” he said. “He has worked to bring a crucial awareness to the fight against HIV/AIDSeven in theface of censorship and condemnation by his peers.” On behalf of PEN, Ruffalo presented Kramer with a limited first edition of Eugene O’Neill’s Collected Early Plays, signed by therenownedplaywright.

"Theatre is too small," Kramer pronounced over the attentive audience, after receiving a standing ovation. "We have to think bigger as writers. We have to try and change the world." Additional quotes from winners and presenters are available upon request. [X]

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