Manteo, N.C. — The longest running outdoor drama in the country – "The Lost Colony" – will receive a Tony Honor on Saturday night.
The drama, which is in its 76th season, is about the disastrous first attempt at a permanent English settlement in the New World in 1587. They vanished by 1590.
The show was first staged in 1937 and was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paul Green. Every summer, the show comes alive at Manteo's Waterside Theatre on the Outer Banks. This year's season runs through Aug. 23.
"It is our story. We own it. One of the great things that Paul Green was able to do was to create a story that takes place in the place where it had happened," Lost Colony marketing director Charles H. Massey said.
Massey said the Tony committee was especially impressed by the show's history and its proven training ground for young actors.
Lost Colony Chairman, Stephen B. King, Sr., and CEO Bill Coleman will be traveling to New York to receive the honor during a cocktail party Saturday night, Massey said. They will stay in NYC for the Tony Awards broadcast, which can be seen on WRAL-TV Sunday night.
Massey said when they return the award will be presented to the company and the community on stage.