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The 26th Annual LA Weekly Theater Awards 

The nominees for the 26th annual LA Weekly Theater Awards

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Honoring L.A. stages of 99 seats or less, the 26th annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards, hosted by Powerhouse Theater Company and featuring performances by the Groundlings and Burglers of Hamm, will be held Monday night, April 25, at the Music Box/Henry Fonda Theater. You are a nominee if 1) your name is on the list below; 2) your name was in the program as an actor for any of the "ensemble" categories; or 3) your name was in the program as an actor, writer, director, designer or stage manager for any of the "production" categories.

—Steven Leigh Morris

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Nominees for the 26th annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards:

Production of the Year

Cold/Tender, The Theater @ Boston Court The Empire Builders, City Garage Golden Prospects, Neurotic Young Urbanites at the Powerhouse Theater Ouroboros, Road Theater Company

Revival Production of the Year (of a 20th- or 21st-century Work)

Lydie Breeze, Open Fist Theater Company Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, RKA Productions and Red Cat Jazz Café at the Lillian Theater The White House Murder Case, Theater Neo at the Hudson Theater

Musical of the Year

No nominations this year

Direction

Martha Demson, Abingdon Square, Open Fist Theater Company Chris Fields, Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and the McCadden Place Theater Jessica Kubzansky, Cold/Tender, The Theater @ Boston Court Michael Michetti, Ouroboros, Road Theater Company Claude Purdy, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, RKA Productions and Red Cat Jazz Café at the Lillian Theater Andrew J. Robinson, Dealing With Clair, Matrix Theater Company Stephen Sachs, Exits and Entrances, Fountain Theater

Comedy Direction

Dan Bonnell, Stage Directions, Ensemble Studio Theater (The L.A. Project) at [Inside] the Ford Colin Campbell, Golden Prospects, Neurotic Young Urbanites at the Powerhouse Theater Christopher Kenney, Mommie Queerest, Cabaret Ultra Suede Matt Kirkwood, The White House Murder Case, Theater Neo at the Hudson Theater Anthony Meindl, Swimming in the Shallows, Meta Theater Company at the Third Street Theater

One-Act Direction

Sabin Epstein, Chekhov X 4 (The Proposal), Antaeus Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Frederíque Michel, The Lesson, City Garage

Musical Direction

No nominations this year

Ensemble

Cold/Tender, The Theater @ Boston Court The Conquest of the South Pole, Odyssey Theater Ensemble Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and the McCadden Place Theater [Home] or the Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur, Zoo District at the Lillian Theater Light, The Theater @ Boston Court Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, RKA Productions and Red Cat Jazz Café at the Lillian Theater

Comedy Ensemble

Focus Today, Burglars of Hamm at the Powerhouse Theater Golden Prospects, Neurotic Young Urbanites at the Powerhouse Theater Swimming in the Shallows, Meta Theater Company at the Third Street Theater Stage Directions, Ensemble Studio Theater (The L.A. Project) at [Inside] the Ford

The Circle Photo by Jeannine Stehlin

Leading Female Performance

Cynthia Ettinger, Self-Defense, Actors’ Gang Heather Fox, Abingdon Square, Open Fist Theater D.J. Harner, Grace and Glorie, Eclectic Theater Company Tia Hunnicutt, Single Black Female, Cassandra Project at the Complex Caryn Ward, Single Black Female, Cassandra Project at the Complex Jacqueline Wright, Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and the McCadden Place Theater

Leading Male Performance

Paul Dillon, Heart of a Dog, Elephant Stage Works at the Lillian Theater Joe Fria, Heart of a Dog, Elephant Stage Works at the Lillian Theater Morlan Higgins, Exits and Entrances, Fountain Theater Dylan Kussman, The Circle, Circus Theatricals at the Stella Adler Theater Dakin Matthews, The Prince of L.A., Andak Stage Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Joel McHale, Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at the 24th Street Theater Jack Stehlin, The Circle, Circus Theatricals at the Stella Adler Theater

Supporting Male Performance

Tim Cummings, Burn This, League School Productions at Stages Theater Center Richard Fancy, Rocket to the Moon, Pacific Resident Theater Tripp Pickell, The White House Murder Case, Theater Neo at the Hudson Theater David St. James, The White House Murder Case, Theater Neo at the Hudson Theater

Supporting Female Performance

Blaire Chandler, Self-Defense, Actors’ Gang Sarah Hartmann, Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at the 24th Street Theater Nina Sallinen, The Conquest of the South Pole, Odyssey Theater Ensemble

Solo Performance

Jonathan Coogan, I’ll Give You Something To Cry About, Two Roads Theater April Fitzsimmons, The Need To Know, Sidewalk Studio Theater Casey Smith, At Play in the Valley of the Shadow of Chet, Circle X Theater Company at Stages Theater Center Adam Stein, Nocturne, Black Dahlia Theater Julia Sweeney, Letting Go of God, Hudson Backstage Theater

Comedy Performance

Brooks Braselman, Mommie Queerest, Cabaret Ultra Suede Mary Jo Catlett, Blithe Spirit, Cowardice Theater Company at the Globe Playhouse Leslie Jordan, Like a Dog on Linoleum, Elephant Asylum Theater Jamie Morris, Mommie Queerest, Cabaret Ultra Suede

One-Act Performance

Emily Bergl, Chekhov X 4 (The Proposal), Antaeus Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Dawn Didawick, Chekhov X 4 (The Bear), Antaeus Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Harry Groener, Chekhov X 4 (The Bear), Antaeus Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Arye Gross, Chekhov X 4 (The Proposal), Antaeus Company at the NewPlace Theater Center Liz Pocock, The Lesson, City Garage

PlayWriting

Eva Anderson, The Epic of Gil, Calamity Theater Company at McCadden Place Theater Colin Campbell, Golden Prospects, Neurotic Young Urbanites at the Powerhouse Theater Athol Fugard, Exits and Entrances, Fountain Theater Cody Henderson, Cold/Tender, The Theater @ Boston Court Tom Jacobson, Ouroboros, Road Theater Company Dakin Matthews, The Prince of L.A., Andak Stage Company at the NewPlace Theater Center

Comedy PlayWriting

Lisa B. Thompson, Single Black Female, Cassandra Project at the Complex L. Trey Wilson, Stage Directions, Ensemble Studio Theater (The L.A. Project) at [Inside] the Ford Jacqueline Wright, Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and McCadden Place Theater

One-Act PlayWriting

Aaron Samson, Not Dead Yet, The Elephant Lab

ADAPTATION

Bart DeLorenzo, Hard Times, Evidence Room L. Flint Esquerra, Anatol Vs., Straightjacket Productions at the MET Theater Michael Franco, Heart of a Dog, Elephant Stage Works at the Lillian Theater Jamie Morris, Mommie Dearest, Cabaret Ultra Suede

Conquest of the South Pole Photo by Ron Rossi

Production Design

Blithe Spirit, Cowardice Theater Company at the Globe Playhouse Cold/Tender, The Theater @ Boston Court Golden Prospects, Neurotic Young Urbanites at the Powerhouse Theater [Home] or the Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur, Zoo District at the Lillian Theater Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at the 24th Street Theater

Lighting Design

Bosco Flanagan, [Home] or the Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur, Zoo District at the Lillian TheaterJeremy Pivnick, Light, The Theater @ Boston Court Jeremy Pivnick, Stage Directions, Ensemble Studio Theater (The L.A. Project) at [Inside] the Ford Dan Reed, Abingdon Square, Open Fist Theater Company

Costume Design

Ronda Dynice Brooks, [Home] or the Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur, Zoo District at the Lillian Theater Ann Closs-Farley, Hard Times, Evidence Room Cynthia Herteg, Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at the 24th Street Theater Scott A. Lane, Dorian, the Musical, Open at the Top Productions at the NoHo Arts Center Amanda Seymour, Fire Eater, Workshop 360 at the Electric Lodge

Set Design

Richard Augustine, Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at 24th Street Theater Dean Cameron, The Author’s Thumb, Theater Unlimited at T.U. Studios Joel Daavid, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, RKA Productions and Red Cat Jazz Café at the Lillian Theater M.E. Dunn, Midnight Brainwash Revival, Sacred Fools Theater Company Don Llewellyn, Things We Do for Love, Odyssey Theater Ensemble

Sound Design

Martin Carrillo, Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and the McCadden Place Theater David B. Marling, Lydie Breeze, Open Fist Theater Company David B. Marling, Ouroboros, Road Theater Company Kevin Rittner, The Conquest of the South Pole, Odyssey Theater Ensemble Jeannine Stehlin, The Circle, Circus Theatricals at the Stella Adler Theater Bill Levine, [Home] or the Quest for the Lost Tablet of Ur, Zoo District at the Lillian Theater John Zalewski, Light, The Theater @ Boston Court John Zalewski, Self-Defense, Actors’ Gang

Fight Choreography

David Holmes, Sperm, Circle X Theater Company at the 24th Street Theater

Makeup and Special Effects

Brandon Reininger, Eat Me, a guest production at Theater of NOTE and the McCadden Place Theater Joe Seely, Heart of a Dog, Elephant Stage Works at the Lillian Theater

Career Achievement

Groundlings Theater Company

Queen of the Angels

Betty Garrett

Tickets for the general public are $15; online pre-purchase is required. Please book early at Goldstar, as this show does sell out. Nominees are free; RSVP required - (323) 993-3693. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show begins at 7:30 p.m., a catered reception follows. For further updates and more information, go to www.laweekly.com, or check the Theater Pick of the Week box every week in the Calendar section, or call (323) 993-3693 and somebody will return your call.

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