This is DC Theater’s Big Night Out. The Helen Hayes Awards is among the country's most prestigious cultural honors, recognizing and celebrating excellence in professional theater throughout the Washington metropolitan area. This year’s awards represent 65 eligible theatres and 47 categories for artistic excellence, plus the 2018 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Admission to the Dance Party at the Anthem following the ceremony is included with your ticket to the Helen Hayes Awards. The Helen Hayes Awards are an event of theatreWashington.