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Jeff Citations Awarded In Ceremony At Park West


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Thirty-seven Jeff Citations Awards honoring excellence in non-Equity Chicago theatre were spread among 24 productions and 20 theatres at the 33rd Annual Citations Awards Ceremony held Monday, June 5 at Park West in Chicago. First-time nominee Infamous Commonwealth Theatre Company’s ambitious production of The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 received the Jeff Citation for Outstanding Production and Director – Play, and Bailiwick Repertory Theatre’s Kiss of the Spider Woman received the Jeff Citation for Outstanding Production and Director – Musical. The Jeff Citations are non-competitive, meaning that there can be multiple recipients, and Outstanding Director - Play honors also went to Jonathan Wilson for Pegasus Players’ production of August Wilson’s Two Trains Running.

Fred Solari, who recently passed away, received a Special Award from The Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee. A theatre and dance producer, manager of the Athenaeum, and supporter and patron to many emerging theatre and dance companies, Mr. Solari was recognized for his contributions to the theatre and arts community in Chicago.

Bailiwick Repertory Theatre garnered eight Citations (including one in association with The Hypocrites) and Infamous Commonwealth Theatre received four. Three of the top six producing entities were co-productions, reflecting a recent trend in non-Equity theatres joining forces and resources. Two Citations went to Prop Thtr in association with Rasaka Theatre Company for their South Asian-themed play with music and dance, The Masrayana.

The writing categories of Outstanding New Work – Play and Outstanding New Adaptation each had two recipients. New Work – Play recipients were Margaret Lewis for Fellow Travellers at Stage Left Theatre and William C. Kovacsik for The Masrayana at Prop Thtr in association with Rasaka Theatre Company. Jeff Citations for New Adaptation went to Curt Columbus for his new translation of Three Sisters produced by Strawdog Theatre Company, and John Hildreth’s adaptation of the novel Johnny Tremain produced by Lifeline Theatre.

Reflecting the growing ambitiousness of Chicago’s smaller companies, for the first time since the Jeff Committee’s Citations Wing was established, this season included so many world premiere musicals offered by non-Equity companies that the Jeff Committee awarded a Citation for Outstanding New Work – Musical to Christina Calvit and George Howe for Lifeline Theatre’s Queen Lucia.

No individual nominee received multiple Citations, as they were spread among 37 artists. The two co-stars in Bailiwick Repertory Theatre’s production of the Kander & Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ryan Lanning and Stan Q. Wash, shared Citations in the Actor in a Principal Role – Musical category. Other top acting honors went to:

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Paul D’Addario – Hurlyburly – The Gift Theatre Company
Jόrgen Hooper – What’s Wrong With Angry? – Circle Theatre
Paul Noble – True West – The Hypocrites
Alfred H. Wilson – Two Trains Running – Pegasus Players

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Monique Whittington – Josephine Tonight! – Theatre Building Chicago

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Donna McGough – Death of a Salesman – The Hypocrites
Rebekah Ward-Hays – The Skin of Our Teeth – BackStage Theatre Company

The complete listing of recipients and the statistical breakdown follows:

PRODUCTION – PLAY
The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 – Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL
Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

ENSEMBLE
The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 – Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

DIRECTOR – PLAY
Jason Kae & Genevieve Thompson – The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 – Infamous Commonwealth Theatre
Jonathan Wilson – Two Trains Running – Pegasus Players

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL OR REVUE
Susan Finque – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

NEW WORK – PLAY
Margaret Lewis – Fellow Travellers – Stage Left Theatre
William C. Kovacsik – The Masrayana – Prop Thtr in association with Rasaka Theatre Company

NEW WORK – MUSICAL
Christina Calvit & George Howe – Queen Lucia – Lifeline Theatre

NEW ADAPTATION
Curt Columbus – Three Sisters – Strawdog Theatre Company
John Hildreth – Johnny Tremain – Lifeline Theatre

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Donna McGough – Death of a Salesman – The Hypocrites
Rebekah Ward-Hays – The Skin of Our Teeth – BackStage Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Monique Whittington – Josephine Tonight! – Theatre Building Chicago

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Paul D'Addario – Hurlyburly – The Gift Theatre Company
Jόrgen Hooper – What's Wrong With Angry? – Circle Theatre
Paul Noble – True West – The Hypocrites
Alfred H. Wilson – Two Trains Running – Pegasus Players

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Ryan Lanning – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre
Stan Q. Wash – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Eric Hoffmann – Loose Knit – The Actors Workshop Theatre
Rian Jairell – The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2 – Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
Stephen Feder – I Sing! – White Horse Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Millie Hurley Spencer – Dancing at Lughnasa – Raven Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL OR REVUE
Danielle Brothers – A Jacques Brel Revue: Songs of Love and War – Theo Ubique Theatre Company in association with Michael James

SCENIC DESIGN
Brian Sidney Bembridge – Three Sisters – Strawdog Theatre Company
Jack Magaw – Two Trains Running – Pegasus Players

LIGHTING DESIGN
Jared Moore – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN
Laura M. Dana – Seascape – Signal Ensemble Theatre
Alison Siple – Time and the Conways – Griffin Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN
Mikhail Fiksel & Michael Griggs – Angels in America Part One: Millennium Approaches – The Hypocrites in association with Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY Brenda Didier – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

ORIGINAL INCIDENTAL MUSIC
Nikhil Trivedi – The Masrayana – Prop Thtr in association with Rasaka Theatre Company

MUSIC DIRECTION
Kevin O'Donnell – Valentine Victorious – The House Theatre of Chicago
Robert Ollis – Kiss of the Spider Woman – Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

FIGHT DESIGN
Geoff Coates – The Talisman Ring – Lifeline Theatre

PROJECTIONS DESIGN
Mike Tutaj – Martin Furey's Shot – TimeLine Theatre Company

Citations Recipients – Statistics

Individuals – no individual received more than one Citation

Companies (20):
Bailiwick Repertory Theatre: 8 (1 in association with The Hypocrites)
Infamous Commonwealth Theatre: 4
Lifeline Theatre: 3
Pegasus Players: 3
The Hypocrites: 3 (1 in association with Bailiwick Repertory Theatre)
Prop Thtr in Association with Rasaka Theatre Company: 2
Strawdog Theatre Company: 2
The Actors Workshop Theatre: 1
Backstage Theatre Company: 1
Circle Theatre: 1
The Gift Theatre Company: 1
Griffin Theatre Company: 1
The House Theatre of Chicago: 1
Raven Theatre Company: 1
Signal Ensemble Theatre: 1
Stage Left Theatre: 1
Theatre Building Chicago: 1
Theo Ubique Theatre Company in association with Michael James
TimeLine Theatre Company: 1
White Horse Theatre Company: 1

Productions (24):
Kiss of the Spider Woman: 7
The Kentucky Cycle, Parts 1 and 2: 4
Two Trains Running: 3
The Masrayana: 2
Three Sisters: 2
A Jacques Brel Revue: Songs of Love and War: 1
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches: 1
Dancing at Lughnasa: 1
Death of a Salesman: 1
Fellow Travellers: 1
Hurlyburly: 1
I Sing!: 1
Johnny Tremain: 1
Josephine Tonight!: 1
Loose Knit: 1
Martin Furey’s Shot: 1
Queen Lucia: 1
Seascape: 1
The Skin of Our Teeth: 1
The Talisman Ring: 1
Time and the Conways: 1
True West: 1
Valentine Victorious: 1
What’s Wrong With Angry?: 1

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