Chad Deity, Ragtime, Brother/Sister, Darrington Among Jeff Equity Award Winners

News   Chad Deity, Ragtime, Brother/Sister, Darrington Among Jeff Equity Award Winners
 
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity and Ragtime were the big winners at the 42nd Annual Jeff Equity Awards on Oct. 25. The awards, presented at Drury Lane Oakbrook, celebrate excellence in Chicago-area theatre.

Quentin Earl Darrington and company in Drury Lane's Ragtime
Quentin Earl Darrington and company in Drury Lane's Ragtime Photo by Brett Beiner

Produced by Victory Gardens and Teatro Vista, the world premiere of Chad Deity took a total of five awards including Best New Work and Best Production, the play that uses professional wrestling to tell of "the manipulation of American prejudices" was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Drama, and transferred to an Off-Broadway production.

Ragtime, produced by Drury Lane Productions took top honors for a musical with a total of seven awards. Quentin Earl Darrington, who played Coalhouse Walker, Jr., in the 2009 Broadway revival, won the Jeff for Principal Actor in a Musical. Steppenwolf Theatre Company's The Brother/Sister Plays, a gritty trilogy of plays by Tarell McCraney about hard times in the Louisiana bayou and the clash of self-identity with community values, won the Ensemble Award, sponsored by Actors' Equity Association.

Mary Beth Fisher won a Jeff for her solo turn in The Year of Magical Thinking, the rumination on loss and grief.

Actors Deanna Dunagan and Felicia P. Fields emceed the Jeff ceremony.

2010 Jeff Equity Award Recipients PRODUCTION - PLAY – LARGE
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Victory Gardens Theater in association with Teatro Vista...Theatre With a View

PRODUCTION - PLAY – MIDSIZE
The Farnsworth Invention - TimeLine Theatre Company

PRODUCTION - MUSICAL – LARGE
Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

PRODUCTION – REVUE
Oh Coward! - Writers' Theatre

ENSEMBLE (sponsored by Actors' Equity Association)
The Brother/Sister Plays - Steppenwolf Theatre Company

DIRECTOR – PLAY
Edward Torres - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Victory Gardens Theater in association with Teatro Vista...Theatre With a View

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL
Rachel Rockwell - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Mary Beth Fisher - The Year of Magical Thinking - Court Theatre

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Desmin Borges - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Victory Gardens Theater in association with Teatro Vista...Theatre With a View

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Quentin Earl Darrington - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY Natasha Lowe - A Streetcar Named Desire - Writers' Theatre

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL
Cory Goodrich - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Francis Guinan - A Guide for the Perplexed - Victory Gardens Theater

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
Mark David Kaplan - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY
Natalie West - Abigail's Party - A Red Orchid Theatre

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL
Valisia LeKae - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions
ACTOR IN A REVUE
Rob Lindley - Oh Coward! - Writers' Theatre

ACTRESS IN A REVUE
Kate Fry - Oh Coward!" - Writers' Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE
Walt Spangler - A True History of the Johnstown Flood - Goodman Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN – MIDSIZE
James Leaming - Tobacco Road - American Blues Theater

COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE
Alison Siple - The Mystery of Irma Vep - Court Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Sarah E. Ross & Kristin DeiTos - Tobacco Road - American Blues Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE
John Culbert - The Illusion - Court Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Jaymi Lee Smith - Mary's Wedding - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

SOUND DESIGN – LARGE
Ray Nardelli - Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale - Lookingglass Theatre Company and Silverguy Entertainment

SOUND DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Victoria DeIorio - Mary's Wedding - Rivendell Theatre Ensemble

CHOREOGRAPHY
Tammy Mader - Thoroughly Modern Millie - Drury Lane Productions

ORIGINAL INCIDENTAL MUSIC
Ray Nardelli, Andre Pluess, Joshua Horvath, and Kevin O'Donnell - Hephaestus: A Greek Mythology Circus Tale - Lookingglass Theatre Company and Silverguy Entertainment

MUSIC DIRECTION
Roberta Duchak - Ragtime - Drury Lane Productions

NEW WORK – PLAY
Kristoffer Diaz - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Victory Gardens Theater in association with Teatro Vista...Theatre With a View

MULTIMEDIA DESIGN
Bridges Media - Trust - Lookingglass Theatre Company

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY
David Woolley - The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity - Victory Gardens Theater in association with Teatro Vista...Theatre With a View

Usman Ally, Christian Litke and Desmin Borges in <i>The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity</i>
Usman Ally, Christian Litke and Desmin Borges in The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Photo by Liz Lauren
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