The Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation's Callaway Committee have chosen Ragtime's director Frank Galati and choreographer Graciela Daniele as winners of the 1998 Joe A. Callaway Award for "excellence in the craft of direction and choreography."
The "Joey" Award will be presented at the National Membership Meeting of the SDCF, Nov. 16 at 1501 Broadway in Manhattan.
The other finalists were as follows:
Matthew Warchus for Art
Garry Hynes for The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Sam Mendes for Cabaret
Simon McBurney for The Chairs
Pater Askin for Hedwig and the Angry Itch
Jack O'Brien for Pride's Crossing
Michael Mayer for A View from the Bridge
In other SDCF news, its staged reading series continues Nov. 23 with Eye of the Beholder, written and directed by Henry Fonte. The play tells the based-on-truth story of a happily married man who takes what he considers innocent photographs of his six-year-old daughter -- only to be branded a child molester. Dec. 14 brings Lisa Hubertson's Sky Fossils directed by Melanie Southerland, in which the mother of a severely deformed child brings a case against the doctors and insurance agents whose mistakes kept her from getting an abortion. But first she must argue that her child should have never been born.
For information and reservations (free) to any of these readings at the CAP 21 space, 18 West 18 St., 6th floor, call (212) 302-5359.
-- By Sean McGrath and David Lefkowitz