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Ovation Awards Fly to CTG’s Nether-land

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Robert Joy and Brighid Fleming in "The Nether." Photo by Craig Schwartz.
Robert Joy and Brighid Fleming in “The Nether.” Photo by Craig Schwartz.

The premiere of The Nether, a cyberspace drama staged last spring at Center Theatre Group‘s Kirk Douglas Theatre, was the biggest winner at the 24th annual LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards tonight.

Jennifer Haley‘s drama took home seven trophies, including the best new play award for Haley, and it provided a majority of the 12 awards won by CTG — more than those of any other production company. However, in the competition for best production of a play in a larger theater, The Nether and three other contenders lost to another CTG nominee — the Mark Taper Forum revival of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, which won a total of three Ovations.

The cast of "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." Photo by Craig Schwartz.
The cast of “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Photo by Craig Schwartz.

The dozen honors for CTG achievements were more than a third of the 35 awards presented in the peer-judged Ovations for 2012-2013.

3-D Theatricalsrevival of Parade, which had received more nominations — 12  — than any other production, took home four awards, including best production of a musical in a larger theater, becoming the second most-awarded production. And with 3-D picking up one other Ovation in addition to those for Parade, it became the second most-honored company, with its total of five awards.

La Mirada Theatre took home three Ovations, including the coveted best season designation. Anaheim’s rapidly growing Chance Theater also won three. Circle X Theatre Company, Fountain Theatre, and Odyssey Theatre Ensemble tied with two each.

The winners in the intimate-theater production categories were Chance’s Triassic Parq (musical) and Rogue Machine’s Dying City (play). CTG’s The Scottsboro Boys was named best “presented” (meaning largely imported) production.

Michael McKean presided at the ceremony, which took place at San Gabriel Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel.

LA STAGE Alliance CEO Terence McFarland commented, “The Ovation Awards highlight the world class artistry happening each night on Los Angeles’ stages. This annual celebration brings together our diverse community to acknowledge not only the very best in design, performance and production, but also to unite our theater-rich region and many of our numerous theater families. We hope that the recognition of an Ovation Award serves as a catalyst to ever higher artistic achievement and future employment for our theater professionals.”

Jeff Skowrow, E.E. Bell and the company of 3-D Theatrical's "Parade." Photo by Isaac James Creative.
Jeff Skowrow, E.E. Bell and the company of 3-D Theatrical’s “Parade.” Photo by Isaac James Creative.

Besides distributing Ovations, the event also served as the occasion for Sarah Lyding, executive director of the Biller Family Foundation, to present the Biller BEST (Building Excellence in Small Theatre) Awards, including checks totaling $100,000, to these companies: Antaeus Company, Blank Theatre, Deaf West Theatre, East West Players, Theatre @ Boston Court, and Theatre Banshee.

Also, Center Theatre Group presented the 2013 Sherwood Award, for innovative and adventurous artists, to Miranda Wright. This award is endowed by the Sherwood family, and is accompanied by $10,000 to further Wright’s artistic work. Wright is the founding executive director of Los Angeles Performance Practice, a producing organization and artists’ network dedicated to supporting Los Angeles’ contemporary performance community, and director and co-founder of the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts. Runners-up Sean Cawelti and Yuval Sharon will received $2,500 each.

This year’s celebrity presenters included Ed Begley Jr., Erich Bergen, Amy Brenneman, Charlie Carver, Deborah Craig, Keith David, Barrett Foa, Val Kilmer, Sharon Lawrence, Wendie Malick, Ana Ortiz, Cathy Rigby, Jason Ritter, Susan Sullivan, and Steven Weber. They were joined by many local performers, city officials, union reps and theater administrators.

Founded in 1989, the LA STAGE Alliance Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles. Voters are Los Angeles theater professionals who are chosen each year, through an application process, by the Ovation Awards Rules Committee. The list of nominees is determined by a tabulation of scores conducted by Green Hasson Janks. This year’s Ovation Award eligibility period ran from August 27, 2012 through August 25, 2013.

Jeff Skowron (Lead Actor in a Musical), Beth Malone (Lead Actress in a Musical), Glynn Turman (Lead Actor in a Play) and Gigi Bermingham (Lead Actress in a Play)
Jeff Skowron (Lead Actor in a Musical), Beth Malone (Lead Actress in a Musical), Glynn Turman (Lead Actor in a Play) and Gigi Bermingham (Lead Actress in a Play)

Here are the winners:

BEST SEASON

 La Mirada Theatre For The Performing Arts

Boeing Boeing
Jekyll & Hyde
Next to Normal
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Spring Awakening

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (INTIMATE THEATER)

Dying City — Rogue Machine

BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY (LARGE THEATER)

Joe Turner’s Come And Gone — Center Theatre Group

 BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (INTIMATE THEATER)

Triassic Parq – The Musical — Chance Theater

BEST PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL (LARGE THEATER)

Parade — 3-D Theatricals

BEST PRESENTED PRODUCTION

The Scottsboro Boys — Center Theatre Group

PLAYWRITING FOR AN ORIGINAL PLAY

Jennifer Haley, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

BOOK FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL

Jim Leonard, Bad Apples — Circle X Theatre Company

LYRICS/MUSIC FOR AN ORIGINAL MUSICAL

Rob Cairns, Jim Leonard and Beth Thornley, Bad Apples — Circle X Theatre Company

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL

Brian Kite, Spring Awakening — La Mirada Theatre

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY

Shirley Jo Finney, In The Red And Brown Water — Fountain Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY

Ameenah Kaplan, The Royale — Center Theatre Group

MUSIC DIRECTION

Taylor Stephenson, Triassic Parq – The Musical — Chance Theater

ACTING ENSEMBLE FOR A PLAY

the cast of Joe Turner’s Come And Gone – Center Theatre Group

ACTING ENSEMBLE OF A MUSICAL

the cast of Parade  — 3-D Theatricals

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Jeff Skowron as Leo Frank, Parade — 3-D Theatricals

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Beth Malone as Milly, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers — La Mirada Theatre

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY

Glynn Turman as Bynum Walker, Joe Turner’s Come And Gone — Center Theatre Group

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Gigi Bermingham as Maria Callas, Master Class — International City Theatre

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL

Rufus Bonds, Jr. as Jim Conley, Parade — 3-D Theatricals

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL

Kellie Spill as T-Rex 2, Triassic Parq – The Musical — Chance Theater

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY

Dakin Matthews as Doyle, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY

Brighid Fleming as Iris, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

LIGHTING DESIGN (INTIMATE THEATER)

Jeremy Pivnick, Cassiopeia — Theatre @ Boston Court

LIGHTING DESIGN (LARGE THEATER)

Christopher Kuhl, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

SCENIC DESIGN (INTIMATE THEATER)

Tom Walsh, Annapurna — Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

SCENIC DESIGN (LARGE THEATER)

Adrian Jones, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

SOUND DESIGN (INTIMATE THEATER)

John Zalewski, Theatre In The Dark — Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

SOUND DESIGN (LARGE THEATER)

John Zalewski, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

COSTUME DESIGN (INTIMATE THEATER)

Michael Mullen, Dreamgirls — DOMA Theatre Company

COSTUME DESIGN (LARGE THEATER)

Alex Jaeger, The Nether — Center Theatre Group

COMPOSITION FOR A PLAY

Michael Redfield, Walking The Tightrope — 24th Street Theatre

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

Ken Merckx, Cymbeline — A Noise Within

PUPPET DESIGN

Derek Lux and Christian Anderson,  Shrek The Musical — 3-D Theatricals

VIDEO DESIGN

Jeffrey Elias Teeter, On The Spectrum — Fountain Theatre

 

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