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December 14, 2007

Scripter Award

Jason Alexander Serves As Master Of Ceremonies

By Dan Knapp

Alexander joins a distinguished list of previous emcees – including Henry Winkler, Sharon Gless, Hal Kanter and the late John Ritter – who have presided over the libraries’ black-tie gala.
Tony Award-winning actor Jason Alexander will serve as master of ceremonies for the 20th annual USC Libraries Scripter Award gala to be held February 2 at Doheny Memorial Library.

Established in 1988, the Scripter is bestowed annually by the Friends of the USC Libraries in recognition of the best film adaptation of a book or novella. The Scripter is unique among literary and entertainment awards in that it recognizes the screenwriter and the author of the book upon which the winning film is based.

Sponsored by the Friends of the USC Libraries, chaired by Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal and with Professor Howard A. Rodman serving on the committee, the Scripter is the only award that honors a film’s screenwriter alongside the author of the book, short story or novella upon which it is based. 

Alexander joins a distinguished list of previous emcees – including Henry Winkler, Sharon Gless, Hal Kanter and the late John Ritter – who have presided over the libraries’ black-tie gala.

“I am very honored and flattered to be asked to participate in this wonderful event and this prestigious award,” Alexander said. “I look forward to a great experience and to meeting this year’s recipients.”

Alexander is best known for his portrayal of George Costanza on the NBC series Seinfeld, a role for which he earned seven Emmy nominations as best supporting actor.

In addition to that long-running comedy, Alexander starred in the TV series Listen Up and Duckman. He also appeared in the films Pretty Woman, Shallow Hal and Love! Valour! Compassion!

Theatre buffs will recall Alexander’s many roles on stage in the musicals Merrily We Roll Along, Broadway Bound and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, for which he won a Tony.

In 2003, Alexander enjoyed a successful run in the Los Angeles production of The Producers. He is currently the artistic director at L.A.’s Reprise! theatre company, where he adapted and directed a successful production of Damn Yankees this fall.

The gala will take place in the Los Angeles Times Reference Room of the Doheny Memorial Library. Proceeds benefit the USC Libraries’ mission of encouraging the discovery, creation and preservation of knowledge and developing collections and services that support the academic endeavors of USC.