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Stage Raw: L.A. Weekly Awards Report

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Tue, Apr 5, 2011 at 6:23 PM

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Ash Panda rocks the house. Photo by Timothy Norris

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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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