The Hewes Design Awards Committee has announced the winners for the 1999-2000 New York season, chosen from 45 nominees for designs of 24 stagings, on, off and off-off Broadway.
The winners will receive honoraria and citations at a luncheon Sept. 11 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. The winners are:
• Scenic Design: David Gallo, Jitney, The Wild Party (MTC)
• Costume Design: William Ivey Long, Contact, The Music Man, Swing
• Lighting Design: Peter Kaczorowski, Contact Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man • Noteworthy Unusual Effects: Steve O'Hearn, sets, puppets, costumes, Squonk
The Hewes Design Awards were originally called the Maharams and later known as the American Theatre Wing Design Awards. Established in 1964, it was the first scenic, costume and lighting design awards which allowed Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway to compete equally. It is named after noted theatre critic Henry Hewes who helped organize the original awards. The awards are now in their 36th year.
The judges for the Hewes Design Awards were theatre critics Tish Dace (chair), Mario Fratti, Mel Gussow, Henry Hewes, Jeffrey Eric Jenkins and Joan Ungaro.
-- By Kenneth Jones