Chess and Killer Joe Are Winners in Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards

News   Chess and Killer Joe Are Winners in Chicago's Non-Equity Jeff Awards Profiles Theatre's Killer Joe and Theo Ubique's Chess won Outstanding Production awards in the 2010 Non-Equity Jeff Awards on June 7 in Chicago, where non-union theatre is taken seriously by critics, theatregoers and industry folk.

The Jeff Awards Non-Equity Wing gave out 28 awards in 24 categories. In addition, a Special Award for Outstanding Contribution to Chicago Theatre was given to Circle Theatre, celebrating its 25th year. The event was attended by over 500 people and emceed by Frances Limoncelli of Lifeline Theatre and Kevin Bellie of Circle Theatre.

Profiles Theatre's production of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe transferred to The Royal George. Theo Ubique's production of the sometimes large-cast musical Chess was presented in its tiny Rogers Park cabaret space. Chess earned a total of seven awards — the most for any single production or company. Fred Anzevino and Brenda Didier received directing awards for Chess, as did Rick Snyder for Killer Joe.

Ellen Fairey, whose Graceland was a critical and audience hit for Profiles Theatre, won a Jeff for New Work. A separate production of the play was recently produced by Lincoln Center Theater Off-Broadway.

2010 NON-EQUITY JEFF AWARD RECIPIENTS

PRODUCTION - PLAY
Killer Joe - Profiles Theatre PRODUCTION - MUSICAL
Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

DIRECTOR - PLAY
Rick Snyder - Killer Joe - Profiles Theatre

DIRECTOR - MUSICAL
Fred Anzevino & Brenda Didier - Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

ENSEMBLE
Twelve Angry Men - Raven Theatre

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY
Darrell W. Cox - Killer Joe - Profiles Theatre

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
Courtney Crouse – Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY
Kendra Thulin - Harper Regan - Steep Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
Maggie Portman - Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Peter Oyloe - The Pillowman - Redtwist Theatre

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - MUSICAL
John B. Leen –Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Nancy Friedrich - The Crucible - Infamous Commonwealth Theatre

Vanessa Greenway - The Night Season - Vitalist Theatre i/a/w Premiere Theatre & Performance

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL OR REVUE
Kate Garassino - Bombs Away! - Bailiwick Repertory Theatre

NEW WORK
Ellen Fairey - Graceland - Profiles Theatre

Michael Rohd & Phillip C. Klapperich - Wilson Wants It All - The House Theatre of Chicago

NEW ADAPTATION
Frances Limoncelli - Busman’s Honeymoon - Lifeline Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Brenda Didier - Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

ORIGINAL INCIDENTAL MUSIC
Trevor Watkin - The Black Duckling - Dream Theatre Company

MUSIC DIRECTION
Ryan Brewster – Chess - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre i/a/w Michael James

SCENIC DESIGN
John Zuiker - I Am My Own Wife - Bohemian Theatre Ensemble

LIGHTING DESIGN
Sean Mallary - St. Crispin's Day - Strawdog Theatre Company

COSTUME DESIGN
Theresa Ham - The Glorious Ones - Bohemian Theatre Ensemble

Joanna Melville - St. Crispin’s Day - Strawdog Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN
Miles Polaski - Mouse in a Jar - Red Tape Theatre

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION
Lucas Merino - Video Design - Wilson Wants It All - The House Theatre of Chicago

James T. Scott - Puppets - Evolution/Creation - Quest Theatre Ensemble

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY
Geoff Coates - Treasure Island - Lifeline Theatre

SPECIAL AWARD
Circle Theatre

The next Equity Awards Ceremony, honoring productions presented under union contracts, in a recent change of date, will now be held Oct. 25 at Drury Lane Oakbrook in Oakbrook Terrace.

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