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Stage Raw: L.A. Weekly Theater Awards Nominees

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Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:41 PM

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La Razón Blindada (Armored Reason), nominated for Production of the Year and Two-Person-Performance. Photo by Jay McAdams

The L.A. Weekly goes pre-adolescent for the 32nd annual L.A.

Weekly Theater Awards, celebrating what our idiosyncratic and

contentious awards committee regards as the best of L.A. theater's small

stages in the calendar year, 2010. The awards bash takes place Monday,

April 4 at the El Rey on Wilshire Boulevard in the Miracle Mile. It's

being staged as a junior high sleepover featuring spin-the bottle and

ouija in the lobby, and onstage, a live goose named Gertrude Stein. Come

in your pajamas and you should bring a permission letter from your

parents. Tickets $20. The online box office opens March 3 at laweekly.com. Each nominee gets one comp.

RSVPs for nominees (only) are now being accepted at (310) 574-7208. Limit of 10 comps per production.

You are a nominee if you're name appears below, or if your name was

in the program in any of the "ensembles" categories named below, or if

your name was in the program in any of the "production" categories

(except Production Design) as a producer, playwright, performer,

director, designer, or stage-manager. Nominees for "Production Design"

include producers, directors and designers.

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Amanda Weier and Arthur Hanket in Joseph Fisher's A Wolf Inside the Fence

We did notice a groundswell of fine new plays last year, but the

eight nominees include not one woman, when women are running so many of

our best companies: Theatre @ Boston Court, Open fist Theatre Company,

City Garage, Ensemble Studio Theatre -  and two theaters too large to qualify for L.A. Weekly Theater awards: the Colony Theatre and Theatricum Botanicum. So what's up with that?

2010 L.A. WEEKLY THEATER AWARDS NOMINEES

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Hyperbole: Origins, Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford

Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre

Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

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

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

The Autumn Garden, Antaeus Company

A Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre

Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre

Wit, Actors Co-op

MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

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

See What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company

DIRECTION

Benjamin Burdick, A Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

Guillermo Cienfuegos, Julia, Pacific Resident Theatre

Nick DeGruccio, Caught, Buttermilk Productions and Drumfish Productions at the Zephyr Theatre

Peter Haskell, Kataki, Prince Livingston Players at the Lex Theatre

Simon Levy, Opus, Fountain Theatre

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

Diane Rodriguez, Sick, Playwrights' Arena and Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

Stephen Sachs, The Train Driver, Fountain Theatre

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

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

Daniel Henning, See What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company

L. Flint Esquerra, Head: The Musical, Met Theatre

Amanda Marquardt, Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe's Underground

COMEDY DIRECTION

Larry Biederman, Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

Daniel Henning, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre

Jaime Robledo, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company

Ron Sossi, The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Barbara Schofield, Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

Richard Tatum, The Girl Who Would Be King, Absolute Theatre/Full Circle Theatrics at the El Centro Theatre

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Robert Shaw, Head: The Musical, Met Theatre

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

Gregory Nabours, The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre

David O, See What I Wanna See, Blank Theatre Company

ENSEMBLE

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

Caught, Buttermilk Productions and Drumfish Productions at the Zephyr Theatre

Holy Ghost, Theatre of NOTE

Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre

Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

A Prayer for My Daughter, Crown City Theatre

Supernova, Elephant Theatre Company

A Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE

Head: The Musical, Met Theatre

Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe's Underground

The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre

COMEDY ENSEMBLE

Dirty Pooh, Zombie Joe's Underground

The Girl Who Would Be King, Absolute Theatre/Full Circle Theatrics at the El Centro Theatre

Looking For Trouble, White Buffalo Theatre Company at the Lost Studio

Paradise Park, City Garage

Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre

Yellow, Coast Playhouse

LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Nike Doukas/Alicia Wollerton, Cousin Bette, Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre

Allegra Fulton/Kirsten Potter, King Lear, Antaeus Company

Taylor Gilbert, Madagascar, Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center

Nan McNamara, Wit, Actors Co-op

Roses Prichard, Julia, Pacific Resident Theatre

LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE

Sam Anderson, Madagascar, Road Theatre Company at the Lankershim Arts Center

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

Harry Groener/Dakin Matthews, King Lear, Antaeus Company

Justin Huen, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

Christian Lebano, Opus, Fountain Theatre

Jeremy Maxwell, Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

Gregory Sims, Baal, Sacred Fools Theater

Jack Stehlin, More Lies About Jerzy, Circus Theatricals at the Hayworth Theatre

SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Anne Gee Byrd, The Autumn Garden, Antaeus Company

Anne Gee Byrd, Four Places, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

Charlotte Chanler, A Wolf Inside The Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

Diana Cignoni The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Jia Doughman, Opus, Fountain Theatre

Agatha Nowicki, Parasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company

Zoe Perry, The Autumn Garden, Antaeus Company

Jeanne Syquia, Sidhe, Road Theatre Company

SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE

Tony Amendola/Michael McShane, Cousin Bette, Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre

Tom Costello, Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre

Gregory Itzin/Morlan Higgins, King Lear, Antaeus Company

Boyd Kestner, Parasite Drag, Elephant Theatre Company

Garrett Matheson, Take Me Out, Celebration Theatre

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

Winston J. Rocha, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

Cooper Thornton, Opus, Fountain Theatre

Colin Walker, A Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

TWO-PERSON PERFORMANCE

Tony Duran/Arturo Diaz de Sandy and Jesus Castaňos Chima, La Razón Blindada, 24th Street Theatre

Morlan Higgins and Adolphus Ward, The Train Driver, Fountain Theatre

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

A.K. Murtadha and M.D. Walton, Topdog/Underdog, Lillian Theatre

Tucker Smallwood and Ron Bottitta, The Sunset Limited, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Paul Dillon, The Event, needtheater at Son of Semele Ensemble

Anna Khaja, Shaheed, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre

Michael McGee, St. Nicholas, Stephanie Feury Studio Theatre

Ann Randolph, Loveland, Santa Monica Playhouse

FEMALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Christine Estabrook, Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Blank Theatre Company at the Stella Adler Theatre

Beth Hogan, The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Jonica Patella, Schmutzigen Deutsche Kabarett, Zombie Joe's Underground

Cynthia Mance, The Marriage of Figaro, City Garage

Amanda Weier, Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

MALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

John Achorn, The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

Henry Dittman, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company

Arthur Hanket, Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

Norbert Weisser, The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

ONE-ACT PERFORMANCE

Candice Afia, Blood and Thunder, Moving Arts

Keith Robinson, Looking For Trouble, White Buffalo Theatre Company at the Lost Studio

Tony Williams, Blood and Thunder, Moving Arts

PLAY WRITING

Matthew Benjamin and Logan Brown, Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

Shem Bitterman, Influence, Katselas Theatre Company at the Skylight Theatre

Joseph Fisher, A Wolf Inside the Fence, Open Fist Theatre Company

Timothy McNeil, Supernova, Elephant Theatre Company

Vince Melocchi, Julia, Pacific Resident Theatre

Tom Jacobson, The Twentieth Century Way, Theatre @ Boston Court

Erik Patterson, Sick, Playwrights' Arena and Latino Theatre Company at the Los Angeles Theatre Center

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

Hyperbole: Origins, Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford

Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

Paradise Park, City Garage

A Tale Told by an Idiot, Psittacus Productions at Son of Semele Ensemble/Lounge Theatre

Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

ADAPTATION

Tim Acito, The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre

Luis Alfaro, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre@ Boston Court

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

LIGHTING DESIGN

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

Jeremy Pivnick, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

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

Dan Weingarten, Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN

Shon LeBlanc, Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

Josephine Poinsot, The Marriage of Figaro, City Garage

Teresa Shea, Project: Wonderland, Bootleg Theater

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

SET DESIGN

Potsch Boyd, Kataki, Prince Livingston Players at the Lex Theatre

Efren Delgadillo Jr., Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

Jeff McLaughlin, The Train Driver, Fountain Theatre

Birgitte Moos, The Arsonists, Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

James Spencer, Stage Door, Open Fist Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN

Drew Dalzell, Wirehead, Echo Theater Company at Stage 52 Theatre

John Nobori, Hyperbole: Origins, Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford

Robert Oriol, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

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

John Zalewski, King Lear, Antaeus Company

CHOREOGRAPHY

Ameenah Kaplan, The Women of Brewster Place, Celebration Theatre

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

Natasha Norman and Ceasar F. Barajas, Watson, Sacred Fools Theatre Company

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

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

Ryan Johnson, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company

Dean Mora, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Open Fist Theatre Company

Robert Oriol, Oedipus El Rey, Theatre @ Boston Court

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

Andrew Amani, Watson, Sacred Fools Theater Company

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

Jennings Turner, Holy Ghost, Theatre of NOTE

PROJECTION DESIGN

Jesse Bonnell, John Kern and Jeffrey Elias Teeter, Brewsie and Willie,

Poor Dog Group     and the Center for New Performance at CalArts at the 7th

Floor Penthouse

Hana Sooyeon Kim, Futura, Theatre @ Boston Court

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

Dave Mickey, Lianne Arnold, Sean T. Cawelti, Hyperbole: Origins, Rogue Artists Ensemble at [Inside] the Ford

Charles Otte, The Good Woman of Setzuan, Open Fist Theatre Company

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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