Alfred Molina, South Coast Rep's Major Barbara Win L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards

News   Alfred Molina, South Coast Rep's Major Barbara Win L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards South Coast Repertory's staging of Major Barbara and actor Alfred Molina were among the winners at a March 10 ceremony for The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. The event took place at the Colony Theatre in Burbank.
Alfred Molina.
Alfred Molina.

The awards which are granted for "excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theater for the year 2002," went to a number of California theatre companies. A number of multiple winners appeared in some categories — in the Direction and Set Design categories all nominees went home with a prize.

The complete list of winners (in bold) is as follows:

Production

Amy's View International City Theatre
Major Barbara South Coast Repertory
Napoli Milionaria Other Side of the Hill Prods./The Road Theatre Company

Red Thread Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble/Gascon Theatre Center

Direction Martin Benson Major Barbara South Coast Repertory
Roger Mathey Trainspotting Theatre/Theater
Ken Sawyer The Woman in Black Other Side of the Hill Prods./The Road Theatre Company

Musical Direction

Tom Griffin Side Show The Colony Theatre Company
Paul Hepker Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog Circle X Theatre Company/24th Street Theatre
Rob Kendt An Appalachian Twelfth Night The Federal Theater Project and Dancing Barefoot Productions/The Globe Playhouse

Writing

Jillian Armenante and Alice Dodd Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog
Richard Greenberg The Dazzle South Coast Repertory
John O'Keefe Times Like These Padua Playwrights Productions/2100 Square Feet Theatre

Adaptation

Tori Haring-Smith Napoli Milionaria
Joan Holden Nickel and Dimed The Mark Taper Forum
Chay Yew The House of Bernarda Alba The Mark Taper Forum

Musical Score

Susan Christiansen Red Thread
Henry Krieger and Bill Russell Side Show
Steve Schalchlin and Jim Brochu The Big Voice — God or Merman?

Lead Performance

J.D. Cullum The Dazzle South Coast Repertory
Michael Genovese Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Blank Theatre Company Presents a San Diego Repertory Theatre Production/2nd Stage Theatre
Harry Groener Follies Reprise! Broadway's Best/The Wadsworth Theatre
Eddie Jones Death of a Salesman Interact Theatre Company
Eddie Karr The Visible Horse Gregg Henry and Linda Bernstein Rubin for Appian Way Productions/The Court Theatre
Carol Lawrence Amy's View International City Theatre
Barry Lynch The Weir Theatre Banshee/Gene Bua Theatre and Celtic Arts Center
Marty Maguire A Night in November Celtic Arts Center and Garry Marshall/Celtic Arts Center and The Falcon Theatre

Dakin Matthews Major Barbara
Jack Stehlin Richard III Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Circus Theatricals/The Odyssey Theatre
Norbert Weisser Times Like These
Paul Witten The Woman in Black
Jenny Woo Red Thread
Justin Zachary Trainspotting

Featured Performance

David Agranov Trainspotting
Kandis Chappell Major Barbara
Peter Friedrich Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Matt Gottlieb Fedunn Judy Arnold Productions/The Odyssey Theatre
Troy Kotsur Big River Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum and Deaf West Theatre/The Mark Taper Forum
John Marzilli The Grapes of Wrath West Coast Ensemble
Alfred Molina The Cherry Orchard Odyssey Theatre Ensemble and Circus Theatricals/The Odyssey Theatre
Camille Saviola The House of Bernarda Alba Mark Taper Forum and Center Theatre Group/The Mark Taper Forum

Ogie Zulueta Red Thread

Ensemble Performance

The cast of Dance With Me Working Stage Theatre
The cast of Direct From Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys The Fountain Theatre
The cast of The Laramie Project The Colony Theatre Company

Scenic Design

Ralph Funicello Major Barbara
Don Llewellyn Master Harold and the Boys International City Theatre
Desma Murphy The Woman in Black

Lighting Design

Leif Gantvoort Red Thread
Robert L. Smith The Woman in Black
Frederick Wenzlaff La Gioconda The Collective and Stages Theatre Center, Stages Theatre Center

Costume Design

A. Jeffrey Schoenberg Side Show
Robert Velasquez Red Thread
Shigeru Yaji Major Barbara

Sound Design

Tom Clark and Nevin Steinberg The Full Monty Center Theatre Group and Ahmanson Theatre/The Ahmanson Theatre
DE3 of Polyrhythmic & The Collective La Gioconda
David B. Marling and Ken Sawyer The Woman in Black

Choreography

Jerry Mitchell The Full Monty
Randy Schulman and The Collective La Gioconda
Tim Storms and Matt Emery Red Thread (fight choreography)

Special awards were honored to the following:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater - Murray Mednick
The Ted Schmitt Award
for world premiere of an outstanding new play - Robert Fieldsteel, Crazy Drunk
The Bob Z Award
for lifetime achievement in set design - Bradley Kaye
The Natalie Schafer Award
for an emerging comic actress - Gigi Bermingham
The Polly Warfield Award
for an excellent season/year in a small to mid-sized theatre - The Colony Theatre

Founded in 1969, The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism and theater in greater the Los Angeles area.