Playwright Edward Albee, choreographer Matthew Bourne, composer Michael John LaChiusa and two designers named Cricket (Gorey Stories' Sloat and Floyd Collins' Myers) were among the winners at the March 13 ceremony.
Jason Graae (Grand Hotel, Fully Committed) — who was awarded a special Theatrical Community Spirit Award — performed and co-hosted with Back Stage West critic Wenzel Jones at the 37th Annual L.A.D.C.C. Awards which honor excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2005.
Jay Johnson (Jay Johnson: The Two and Only!) was among the presenters which also included Alan Vincent and Vicky Evans (star and restaging/artistic tour manager of Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake), last year's award winners Morlan Higgins (Exits and Entrances), William Dennis Hurley (Exits and Entrances) and writer L. Trey Wilson (Stage Directions) as well as previous multiple winners songwriting team Jim Brochu and Steve Schalchlin (The Big Voice and The Last Session), director Jessica Kubzansky (Toys in the Attic) and Tim Dang (artistic director of East West Players).
Awards will be given in fifteen categories and six special awards will also be bestowed to theatre artists for outstanding achievements.
The winners (marked in *bold) for the 2005 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are as follows (some categories had multiple winners) : PRODUCTION
*Yellowman, Bennett Bradley and The Fountain Theatre T.H. McCULLOH AWARD FOR REVIVAL
Private Lives, Pasadena Playhouse DIRECTION
Pat Towne, Gorey Stories, Sacred Fools Theater MUSICAL DIRECTION
Gerald Sternbach, On the Town WRITING
Dael Orlandersmith, Yellowman ADAPTATION/TRANSLATION
Simon Levy, What I Heard About Iraq, The Fountain Theatre MUSICAL SCORE
Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, The Drowsy Chaperone LEAD PERFORMANCE
Trieu D. Tran, Equus, East/West Players FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Kirsten Potter, Honour, Matrix Theatre Company ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
*Pera Palas SCENIC DESIGN
*David Gallo, The Drowsy Chaperone LIGHTING DESIGN
Steven Young, J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera COSTUME DESIGN, HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP
Gerald Altenburg (hair, wigs & make-up), The School for Scandal, CTG SOUND DESIGN
John Zalewski, Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said, EvidEnce Room CHOREOGRAPHY
Lee Martino, On the Town The 2005 special award recipients are as follows:
The Margaret Harford Award
(for sustained excellence in theater)
Musical Theatre Guild.
The Ted Schmitt Award
(for world premiere of an outstanding new play)
Jon Robin Baitz for The Paris Letter
The Bob Z Award
(for career achievement in set design)
The Angstrom Award (for career achievement in lighting design)
The Polly Warfield Award (for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater)
California Repertory Company
The Joel Hirschhorn Award
(for outstanding achievement in musical theatre)
Productions with multiple awards include:
The Drowsy Chaperone - 5
The Wild Party - 5
Pera Palas - 4
The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? - 3
Gorey Stories - 3
Yellowman - 3
Floyd Collins - 2
The ceremony took place at the El Portal Theatre, located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA. For more information, visit www.ladramacriticscircle.com.