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Stage Raw: L.A. Weekly Awards Report

Stage Raw: L.A. Weekly Awards Report

Ash Panda rocks the house. Photo by Timothy Norris


An

SRO crowd jammed the El Rey on Monday night for a performance-art

awards ceremony celebrating the best of L.A.'s small theaters that was co-conceived by the Steve Allen Theater's Amit Itelman and Craig Anton and directed by Itelman, who

transformed the venue and the event into a middle-school district drama

awards sleepover. An auxiliary environmental stage within the hall was a

walk-through "haunted house," with a ghoulish tableaux from the theater

group Zombie Joe's Underground. The majority of attendees came attired

in pajamas or other forms of sleepwear. Headliner band Ash Panda --

consisting of middle school-age musicians -- rocked the house with five

pop/punk jams distributed throughout the show, which had people dancing

in the aisles. Some audience members watched the band from on stage,

parked on sleeping bags. Co-hosts Rebekah and Matthew Miller, ages 11

and 14, respectively, appeared strikingly poised handing out awards to

L.A.'s theater professionals. Another (adult) guitarist, John Reynolds,

performed during the awards, providing an early 20th-century-style

sweetness by serenading the recipients onto the stage. Reynolds also

accompanied the dulcet tones of Janet Klein, who sang while playing the

ukelele. Live white geese Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas honked

their way through a scene from David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross,

from within the confines of a goose-sized office set, complete with a

flashing neon sign at goose-eye level -- the concept of an unemployed

concept-theater director played by Craig Anton. Jim Turner led a posse

of gyrating male middle school faculty members, who, for an interpretive

dance, stripped down to their skivvies and "free-styled" out into the

audience, prompting the co-hosts to return to the stage covering their

eyes with their scripts.  Thirty-five awards  were presented in under

two hours, followed by a post-show reception, catered by Shamshiri

Grill.

Press here for a slide-show of photos by Timothy Norris

For a list of recipients, press the More tab directly below

32nd annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards Winners



PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR


La Razón Blindada (Armored Reason), 24th Street Theatre




REVIVAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR (of a 20th- or 21st-century work)


Wit, Actors Co-op




MUSICAL OF THE YEAR


Hoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Productions at the Edgemar Center for the Arts




DIRECTION (TIE)


Peter Haskell, Kataki, Prince Livingston Players at the McCadden Place Theatre


Simon Levy, Opus, Fountain Theatre  




DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL


Jeremy Aldridge, Hoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Productions at the Edgemar Center for the Arts




COMEDY DIRECTION


Jaime Robledo, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company  




MUSICAL DIRECTION


Paul Litteral, Hoboken to Hollywood, Reasoner Productions at the Edgemar Center for the Arts




ENSEMBLE


Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court




MUSICAL ENSEMBLE


The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre




COMEDY ENSEMBLE


Yellow, Coast Playhouse




LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE


Nan McNamara, Wit, Actors Co-op




LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE


Kevin Brief, A Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre m




SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE


Agatha Nowicki, Parasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company




SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE (TIE)


Tom Costello, Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre


Garrett Matheson, Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre


Thomas James O'Leary, Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre




TWO-PERSON PERFORMANCE


Robert Mammana and Will Bradley, The Twentieth-Century Way, Theatre @ Boston Court




SOLO PERFORMANCE


Ann Randolph, Loveland, Santa Monica Playhouse  




FEMALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE


Christine Estabrook, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre




MALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE


Henry Dittman, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company




ONE-ACT PERFORMANCE


Candice Afia, Blood and Thunder, Moving Arts




PLAY WRITING


John Steppling, Phantom Luck, Gunfighter Nation at the Lost Studio




CAREER ACHIEVEMENT


Lee Kissman




QUEEN OF THE ANGELS


Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti




PRODUCTION DESIGN


Brewsie and Willie, Poor Dog Group and the Center for New Performance at CalArts at the 7th Floor Penthouse




ADAPTATION


Luis Alfaro, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre@ Boston Court




LIGHTING DESIGN (TIE)


Efren Delgadillo Jr. and Adam Haas Hunter, Brewsie and Willie, Poor Dog Group and Center for New Performance at CalArts at the 7th Floor Penthouse


Dan Weingarten, A Tale Told By an Idiot, Psittacus Productions at Son of Semele Theatre/Lounge Theatre




COSTUME DESIGN


Christina Wright, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Open Fist Theatre Company




SET DESIGN


Potsch Boyd, Kataki, Prince Livingston Players at the McCadden Place Theatre

SOUND DESIGN
Robert Oriol, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

CHOREOGRAPHY
Tina Kronis, Anton's Uncles, Theatre Movement Bazaar at 24th Street Theatre/Bootleg Theater

PUPPET DESIGN
Lynn Jeffries, Project: Wonderland, Bootleg Theater

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Andrew Conrad and Andrew Gilbert, Brewsie and Willie, Poor Dog Group and the Center for New     Performance at CalArts at the 7th Floor Penthouse

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY
Louis Roth, Kataki, Prince Livingston Players at the Lex Theatre

PROJECTION DESIGN
Steven Calcote, The Limitations of Genetic Technology, Off-Chance Productions at                
    Theatre of NOTE 

TRANSLATION
Frederique Michel and Charles Duncombe, The Marriage of Figaro, City Garage

SPECIAL CITATION

Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble's trilogy of original plays presented in repertory at the Powerhouse Theatre: Gospel According to the First Squad, Wounded, and Survived, collectively titled The War Cycle. Each concerned the U.S. military presences in Iraq and Afghanistan. The citation is given for breadth of vision and clarity of purpose by an ensemble

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