The first lady of the American theater, Helen Hayes, at age 90 was resplendent in a blue sequined gown as she presided over the glittering 1991 Helen Hayes Awards at the National Theatre in Washington.
The 19 awards were given out by a roster of special guests, including Charles Dutton, Stacy Keach, David Garrison and Kelly McGillis.
Washington's Arena Stage won nine categories including Outstanding Resident Production for "Stand-Up Tragedy" by Bill Cain.
The awards ceremony is presented by the Washington Theatre Awards Society.
Stage and television actress Pat Carroll returned for her fourth season as mistress of ceremonies. A former Helen Hayes Awards recipient, Carroll won this year in Outstanding Lead Actress in a Resident Production for her portrayal of Falstaff in Washington's Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger's "The Merry Wives of Windsor."