1998 Helen Hayes Award Nominations Announced in D.C.

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Nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards, which honor excellence in Washington DC theatre, were announced Mar. 23 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. The awards will be given May 4 at the Kennedy Center.

Nominations for the Helen Hayes Awards, which honor excellence in Washington DC theatre, were announced Mar. 23 at the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC. The awards will be given May 4 at the Kennedy Center.

Among individual productions cited in multiple categories, two productions tied for the most nominations -- eight apiece -- Mourning Becomes Electra at the Shakespeare Theatre and Sunday in the Park with George, co-produced by Arena Stage and Signature Theatre.

In addition, Old Wicked Songs at the Studio Theatre received seven nominations. In the lead actress and actor categories, nominees include Tana Hicken in Arena's Ghosts, Kelly McGillis in the Shakespeare Theatre's Mourning Becomes Electra, Holly Twyford in Romeo and Juliet at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Patrick Stewart's Othello at the Shakespeare Theatre, Jason Patrick Bowcutt in Signature's Never the Killer and Ted van Griethuysen's Prospero in The Tempest at the Shakespeare Theatre.

In the category of outstanding supporting actress, Franchelle Stewart Dorn received two nominations, for Mourning Becomes Electra and for Othello. Also, Catherine Flye is "competing against herself" for best director of a resident musical: she was nominated for her staging of two shows at Interact,Down at the Old Bull & Bush and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Purloined Patience. In the non-resident (touring) show category, Rent and Chicago took three and four nominations, respectively, and Bring in 'Da Noise Bring in 'Da Funk took two.

Below is a complete listing of nominees in all categories: Supporting Performer, Non-Resident Production. Stephan Alexander, Rent, National Theatre; Obba Babatunde, Chicago, National; Trazana Beverley, The Darker Face of the Earth, Kennedy Center; L. Scott Caldwell, Proposals, Kennedy Center; Tsai Chin, Golden Child, Kennedy Center.

Supporting Performer, Resident Musical. Albert Coia, Down at the Old Bull & Bush, Interact Theatre; Kit Halliday, The Harvey Milk Show, Source Theatre; David James, The Wizard of Oz, Toby's Dinner Theatre; Kate Kiley, Sherlock Holmes... Interact Theatre; Donna Migliaccio, No Way to Treat a Lady, Signature Theatre; Lawrence Redmond, Working, Signature Theatre.

Supporting Actress, Resident Play. Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Franchelle Stewart Dorn, Othello, Shakespeare Theatre; Rana Kay, Fifth of July, Washington Shakespeare Co.; Laurena Mullins, Anna Karenina, Washington Stage Guild; Lisa Newman-Williams, Psychopathia Sexualis, Source Theatre; Rhea Seehorn, The Big Slam, Woolly Mammoth Theatre.

Supporting Actor, Resident Play. James Brown-Orleans, A Saroyan Celebration, American Century Theatre; Christopher Henley, Bent, Washington Shakespeare Co.; Christopher Lane, Romeo & Juliet, Olney Theatre; Marty Lodge, The Rehearsal, Round House Theatre; Robert Sella, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; J. Fred Shiffman, Sylvia, Studio Theatre.

Sound Design, Resident Production. Gregory Brian and Mitch Finegold, The Fall of the House of Usher, Fraudulent Productions; Scott Burgess, Romeo & Juliet, Folger Shakespeare Library; Scott Burgess, Travels with My Aunt, Rep Stage; David Maddox, Never the Sinner, Signature and Rep Stage; David Maddox, Things That Break, Theatre of the First Amendment; Gil Thompson, Old Wicked Songs,Studio.

Costume Design, Resident Production. Jule Emerson, The Importance of Being Earnet, Olney; Jane Greenwood, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Rosemary Pardee, The Rehearsal, Round House; Jane Shafer, The Wizard of Oz, Toby's; Patricia Zipprodt, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena Stage and Signature.

Lighting Design, Resident Production. Howell Binkley, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Howell Binkley, The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre; Jeff Hill, Never the Sinner, Signature and Rep Stage; Allen Lee Hughes, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature; Marianne Meadows, Old Wicked Songs, Studio.

Set Design, Resident Production. John Arnone, The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre; Zack Brown, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature; Tony Cisek, Things That Break, Theatre of the First Amendment; James Kronzer, Love! Valour! Compassion! Studio; James Kronzer, Old Wicked Songs, Studio; Ming Cho Lee, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre.

Lead Actress, Non-Resident Production. Belle Calaway, Chicago, National; Jasmine Guy, Chicago, National; LisaGay Hamilton, Valley Song, Kennedy Center and Mark Taper Forum; Simone, Rent, National; Anne Deavere Smith, Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Ford's Theatre.

Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production. Derick K. Grant, Noise/Funk, National; Gregory Henderson, Whirlwind! Turnip Theatre Co. at Church St. Theatre; Ezra Knight, The Darker Face of the Earth, Kennedy Center and Crossroads Theatre; John Scherer, By Jeeves, Kennedy Center and Goodspeed Opera; Joe Sears, A Tuna Christmas, Warner Theatre; Jason Williams, A Tuna Christmas, Warner Theatre.

Lead Actress, Resident Musical. Liz Larsen, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature; Carole Lehan, It's a Wonderful Life, Toby's; Cathy Mundy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Toby's; Tracie Nicole Thoms, Hair, Studio Theatre Secondstage; Stephanie Waters, The Wizard of Oz, Toby's.

Lead Actor, Resident Musical. Tim Brierley, Sherlock Holmes... Interact; Steven Cupo, The Harvey Milk Show, Source; Jason Gilbert, Hair, Studio Theatre Secondstage; Lawrence Redmond, No Way to Treat a Lady, Signature; Stephen Schmidt, It's a Wonderful Life, Toby's; Sal Viviano, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature.

Lead Actress, Resident Play. Jenny Bacon, Molly Sweeney, Arena; Tana Hicken, Ghosts, Arena; Cam Magee, An Ideal Husband, Washington Stage Guild; Sarah Marshall, Sylvia, Studio; Kelly McGillis, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Holly Twyford, Romeo & Juliet, Folger Shakespeare Library.

Lead Actor, Resident Play. Jason Patrick Bowcutt, Never the Sinner, Signature and Rep Stage; Edward Gero, Skylight, Studio; Peter Goldfarb, Old Wicked Songs, Studio; Ted van Griethuysen, The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre; Bill Largess, An Ideal Husband, Washington Stage Guild; Patrick Stewart, Othello, Shakespeare Theatre; Richard Thompson, Look Back in Anger, Studio.

Musical Direction, Resident Production. Buck Brown, Hair, Studio Theatre Secondstage; Jon Kalbfleisch, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature; Doug Lawler, It's a Wonderful Life, Toby's; Michael Rice, Working, Signature; Dan Sticco, Old Wicked Songs, Studio.

Director, Resident Musical. Keith Alan Baker, Hair, Studio Secondstage; Catherine Flye, Down at the Old Bull & Bush, Interact; Catherine Flye, Sherlock Holmes... Interact; Toby Orenstein, Joseph and the Amazing... Toby's; Eric D. Schaeffer, Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature.

Director, Resident Play. Joe Banno, Romeo & Juliet, Folger Shakespeare Library; Kasi Campbell, Travels with My Aunt, Rep Stage; Michael Kahn, Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Ethan McSweeny, Never the Sinner, Signature and Rep Stage; Mark A. Rhea, Translations, Keegan Theatre; Serge Seiden, Old Wicked Songs, Studio.

Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Norman Allen, Melville Slept Here, Signature; Sherry Kramer, Things That Break, Theatre of the First Amendment; Nick Olcott, Sherlock Holmes... Interact; Jim Petosa and Carole Graham Lehan, Look! We Have Come Through! Olney; Regina Porter, Tripping Through the Car House, Woolly Mammoth.

Non-Resident Production. Noise/Funk, National; Chicago, National; Rent, National; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, Ford's; Valley Song, Kennedy Center and Mark Taper Forum.

Resident Musical. Hair, Studio Theatre Secondstage; Joseph and the Amazing... Toby's; No Way to Treat a Lady, Signature; Sherlock Holmes... Interact; Sunday in the Park with George, Arena and Signature.

Resident Play. Mourning Becomes Electra, Shakespeare Theatre; Never the Sinner, Signature and Rep Stage; Old Wicked Songs, Studio; Romeo & Juliet, Folger Shakespeare Library; The Tempest, Shakespeare Theatre; Travels with My Aunt, Rep Stage.

-- By Rebecca Paller

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