Playwrights Eve Ensler and Athol Fugard to get special Tony Awards

Eve Ensler speaks at the 2009 Women's Conference on Oct. 27, 2009, in Long Beach, Calif.
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Eve Ensler speaks at the 2009 Women's Conference on Oct. 27, 2009, in Long Beach, Calif.
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(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Playwrights Athol Fugard and Eve Ensler will receive special honors at this year's Tony Awards, it was announced Wednesday.

Fugard, the South African author of "'Master Harold'... and the Boys" and "The Road to Mecca," will get the Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre. Philip J. Smith, Chairman of the Shubert Organization, will also receive a lifetime achievement award.

Pictures: Tony Awards 2010 red carpet
Pictures: Tony Awards 2010 press room

Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues," will receive the Isabelle Stevenson Award, which honors members of the theater community for their humanitarian efforts.

Tony Award nominations will be announced May 3. The awards ceremony is set for June 12.

Honors for excellence in the theater were also given to animal trainer Bill Berloni (who worked with animals in Broadway productions including "Legally Blonde" and "Camelot"), The Drama Book Shop in Times Square, and Sharon Jensen and Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.