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The stars will shine bright on Saturday October 19th in New Brunswick, when Actor Denzel Washington is honored by Crossroads Theater Company.  The actor will be presented with the the inaugural Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award during the gala at The State Theater.  According to Crossroads, the award was designed to recognize a prominent person from the arts and entertainment community who emulates the activist voice, vision and value of its namesakes, and whose body of work illustrates best in class acting and portrayal of people, places and promise.

“We are pleased and proud to celebrate and recognize Mr. Denzel Washington for his lifetime achievements with our first Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee Living Legends Award,” said Anthony P. Carter, Crossroads Theatre Company Board Chairman.

From his first stage credit in 1979 at New York’s Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park to a number of off Broadway and Broadway productions, television and film productions, Washington has received a Tony award for his performance in Fences and two Oscars for Glory and Training Day. He most recently received the American Film Institute’s (AFI) Lifetime Achievement Award.

David Alan Grier will host the evening’s program, which will include scenes from the award-winning plays Fences by August Wilson and Fly by Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan, as well as a sneak preview of The Divine One based on the story of Sarah Vaughn.

Also featured are a special musical performance by the incomparable Gregory Porter and tributes to Denzel from the family of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Phylicia Rashad, and other surprise guests.

The Tony Award-winning Crossroads Theatre Company (CTC), now a resident theatre of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC), is in its fourth decade of being a preeminent gateway for black theatre that has been the stage for many actors, directors, designers, writers and other theatre professionals. Since opening in 1978, CTC has built a rich and storied history, celebrating the culture, history, spirit and voices of the African Diaspora.