Merrily Murray Walsh, who teaches costume design in the Department of Theatre & New Dance, has won the Helen Hayes Award for her work in a production of “Mary T. & Lizzy K.”
The Helen Hayes Awards recognize actors, production designers and other professionals in the Washington, D.C. theatre scene. Established in 1985, the awards are named after the “first lady” of American theatre and are considered on the most prestigious cultural honors.
Written and directed by Tazewell Thompson, “Mary T. & Lizzy K.” is about the unlikely friendship between First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, a freed slave named Elizabeth Keckly. The play, which ran from March 15 to May 5 at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., was the recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.