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L.A. Weekly Theater Awards 2013: The Nominees

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Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 5:00 PM
click to enlarge Theatre of NOTE's production of Hearts Like Fists, nominated for playwriting and direction. - MANDI MOSS
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  • Theatre of NOTE's production of Hearts Like Fists, nominated for playwriting and direction.
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See past recipients:
*2012
*2011 (winners)
*2011 (nominees)
*2010 (winners)
*2010 (nominees)
*2009 (winners)
*2009 (nominees)
*2008 (winners)
*2008 (nominees)

See also:
*Our Latest Theater Reviews

Start looking for your postapocalyptic-chic attire. The 34th annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards, celebrating the best work on our smaller stages (as determined by a panel of the newspaper's critics) returns to the Avalon on April 8. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Sketch-comedy troupe Lost Moon Radio returns to host the show. Last year, LMR took us to ancient Greece. Half an hour before the doors opened, people in tunics could be seen half a block down Vine Street.

Since then, however, Los Angeles has been decimated by ... uh ... it'll be revealed at the show. But it's bad. Really bad. End-of-the-world bad. But we have survived with our theater intact, and that's why we're throwing this party.

This year, for the first time, the Playwriting Award recipient gets a check for $1,000 provided by an anonymous donor.

To buy tickets, visit laweekly.com/theaterawards. (All nominees get one free ticket; production and ensemble categories max out at 10. For those tickets, call (310) 574-7208.)

The nominees are:

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

Death of a Salesgirl, Bootleg Theater

Dirty Filthy Love Story, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

The Government Inspector, Theatre @ Boston Court and Furious Theatre Company

Hamlet, Zombie Joe's Underground

In the Red and Brown Water, Fountain Theatre

Stoneface, Sacred Fools Theatre Company

The Treatment, Theatre @ Boston Court and Theatre Movement Bazaar

Very Still and Hard to See, the Production Company at Lex Theatre

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

Deathtrap, L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Davidson/Valenti Theatre

The New Electric Ballroom, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

Turn of the Screw, the Visceral Company at Underground Theater

MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre

Patty: The Revival, Highways Performance Space and Patrick Kennelly

Bad Apples, Circle X Theatre Company at Atwater Village Theatre

Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment in association with Hayworth Theater

DIRECTION

Denise Devin, Hamlet

Tina Kronis, The Treatment

Michael Matthews, Very Still & Hard to See

Matthew McCray, The City, Son of Semele Ensemble

Jaime Robledo, Hearts Like Fists, Theatre of NOTE

Jaime Robledo, Stoneface

Andrew J. Traister, The Seagull, Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre

Claudia Weill, The Belle of Belfast, Ensemble Studio Theatre/L.A. at Atwater Village Theatre

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Christopher Gattelli, Silence! The Musical

Richard Israel, The Full Monty, Third Street Theatre

Kate Sullivan, Spring Awakening, Over the Moon Productions at Theatre of Arts/Egyptian Arena Stage

John Langs, Bad Apples

Michael Matthews, The Color Purple

COMEDY DIRECTION

Stefan Novinski, The Government Inspector

Jenelle Riley, A Kind of Love Story, Sacred Fools Theater Company

Stuart Rogers, The Sleeper, Theatre Tribe

ONE-ACT DIRECTION

Jeremy Aluma, Michael Arabian, Denise Blasor, David Bridel, Joe Desoto, Vesna Hocevar, Matthew McCray and Ron Sossi, Theatre in the Dark, Odyssey Theatre

Scott Paulin, Foote Notes, Open Fist Theatre Company

Dan Spurgeon, Turn of the Screw

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Rachael Lawrence, Spring Awakening

Gregory Nabours, The Color Purple

Nate Patten, Silence! The Musical

Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns, Bad Apples

ENSEMBLE

The Belle of Belfast

The Blue Iris, Fountain Theatre

Stoneface

Theatre in the Dark

Very Still & Hard to See

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE

Bad Apples

The Color Purple

Patty: The Revival

Silence! The Musical

Spring Awakening

COMEDY ENSEMBLE

The Government Inspector

A Kind of Love Story

The Sleeper

FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Kate Morgan Chadwick, Bad Apples

Christine Lakin, Silence! The Musical

Meghan McDonough, Bad Apples

Cassandra Nuss, Jekyll & Hyde, DOMA Theatre Company at MET Theatre

Alet Taylor, Justin Love, Celebration Theatre

MALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

James Black, Bad Apples

Davis Gaines, Silence! The Musical

LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Sarah Gise, The Belle of Belfast

Diarra Kilpatrick, In the Red and Brown Water

Kirsten Kollender, The Merchant of Venice, Theatre Banshee

Lisa Pelikan, The New Electric Ballroom

Mandy June Turpin, The Closeness of the Horizon, CoffeeHouse Productions at Odyssey Theatre

LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE

Joshua Bitton, Dirty Filthy Love Story

Matthew Elkins, A Bright New Boise, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

Rafael Goldstein, Hamlet

Burt Grinstead, Deathtrap

Joel Johnstone, Finding the Burnett Heart, Theatre 48, Jennifer Schwartz, and TKS Productions at Elephant Stages

West Liang, Their Eyes Saw Rain, Company of Angels at Alexandria Hotel

Barry Lynch, The Merchant of Venice

French Stewart, Stoneface

SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Grace Eboigbe, Hearts Like Fists

Maya Erskine, Hamlet

Jennifer Flack, Potential Space, Theatre of NOTE

Jacqueline Schultz, The Blue Iris

Jonica Patella, Hamlet

Joanna Strapp, The Seagull

SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE

William Bower, The Learned Ladies, Actors Co-op

Tim Cummings, The New Electric Ballroom

Gregory Niebel, Their Eyes Saw Rain

Erik Odom, A Bright New Boise

Trevor Peterson, A Bright New Boise

Patrick Rieger, The Water's Edge, Road Theatre Company at Lankershim Arts Center

Jacob Sidney, The Treatment

Mark Skeens, The Treatment

TWO-PERSON PERFORMANCE

Death of a Salesgirl, Patricia Scanlon and Paul Dillon

Rome at the End of the Line, Julieta Ortiz and Norma Angélica, 24th Street Theatre

Turn of the Screw, Amelia Gotham and Nich Kauffman

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Donnie Smith, House, Rogue Machine Theatre at Theatre/Theater

Ilia Volok, Diary of a Madman, Coeurage Theatre Company and A Perfect World Productions at Actors Circle Theatre

FEMALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Shannon Holt, The Government Inspector

Mandy Levin, The Sleeper

Erin Matthews, A Kind of Love Story

Corie Vickers, The Sleeper

Carrie Wiita, A Kind of Love Story

MALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Pete Gardner, The Sleeper

Adam Haas Hunter, The Government Inspector

Michael Lanahan, A Kind of Love Story

Benjamin Mathes, The Sleeper

PLAYWRITING

Jenelle Riley, A Kind of Love Story

Vanessa Claire Stewart, Stoneface

Adam Szymkowicz, Hearts Like Fists

Kirsten Vangsness, Potential Space

Steve Yockey, Very Still & Hard to See

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT

Ron Sossi

QUEEN OF THE ANGELS

Olga Garay-English

PRODUCTION DESIGN

The City

Death of a Salesgirl

Stoneface

The Treatment

ADAPTATION

Richard Alger, The Treatment

Oded Gross, The Government Inspector

Tarell Alvin McCraney, In the Red and Brown Water

LIGHTING DESIGN

François-Pierre Couture, Death of a Salesgirl

Christopher Kuhl, The Treatment

Jeremy Pivnick, Bad Apples

Jeremy Pivnick, The City

Jeremy Pivnick, Stoneface

Tim Swiss, Very Still & Hard to See

COSTUME DESIGN

Vicki Conrad, The Learned Ladies

Tina Haatainen-Jones, The Government Inspector

Pilar Macchione, Patty: The Revival

Ellen McCartney, The Treatment

Jessica Olson, Stoneface

Naila Aladdin Sanders, In the Red and Brown Water

SET DESIGN

Nick Benacerraf, The City

François-Pierre Couture, Bad Apples

François-Pierre Couture, Death of a Salesgirl

Joel Daavid, Deathtrap

Zachary B. Guiler, Earthbound, Skypilot Theatre at T.U. Studios

David Mauer and Hazel Kuang, Dirty Filthy Love Story

Jeff Webster, The Treatment

SOUND DESIGN

Peter Bayne, In the Red and Brown Water

Peter Bayne, The Blue Iris

Cricket S. Myers, Bad Apples

Cricket S. Myers, Very Still & Hard to See

John Zalewski, The City

John Zalewski, Death of a Salesgirl

John Zalewski, The Treatment

Mark McClain Wilson, Hearts Like Fists

CHOREOGRAPHY

Cassandra Daurden, Bad Apples

Tina Kronis, The Treatment

Marina Magalhães, Patty: The Revival

Natasha Norman, Stoneface

Janet Roston, The Color Purple

VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN

Corwin Evans, A Bright New Boise

Adam Flemming/Dan Lund, Death of a Salesgirl

Ben Rock and Anthony Backman, Stoneface

Jason H. Thompson, Justin Love

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Jonathan Snipes, Kristin "Kevin Blechdom" Erickson, and Daveed Diggs, Patty: The Revival

Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns, Bad Apples

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS

Peter Bayne, composer, In the Red and Brown Water

Andrew Amani, fight choreography, Hearts Like Fists

See past recipients:
*2012
*2011 (winners)
*2011 (nominees)
*2010 (winners)
*2010 (nominees)
*2009 (winners)
*2009 (nominees)
*2008 (winners)
*2008 (nominees)

See also:
*Our Latest Theater Reviews

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