The Mark Taper Forum staging of Gem of the Ocean was a big winner at this year's Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, taking home prizes for its star Phylicia Rashad, scenic designer David Gallo and playwright August Wilson.
The 35th annual awards honoring excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2003 were presented in a ceremony, April 4 at West Hollywood's Coronet Theatre.
Special awards were presented as follows:
Margaret Harford Award (for sustained excellence in theatre): Jessica Kubzansky
Ted Schmitt Award (for world premiere of an outstanding new play): Del Shores for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife
Bob Z Award (for lifetime achievement in set design): Desma Murphy
Natalie Schafer Award (for an emerging comic actress): Rebecca O'Brien
Polly Warfield Award (for an excellent season/ year in a small-to-mid sized theatre): A Noise Within The 2003 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards winners (in bold) are (some categories have multiple winners):
Agnes of God International City Theatre, The Center Theater
Jesus' Kid Brother TriOmino Productions with Elephant Stageworks, The Hudson Theatres
Orpheus Descending Choppy Guillotte, Dana Dewes, Joanna Daniels, Ursula Brooks and Tania Getty, Pacific Resident Theatre
Raisin International City Theatre, The Center Theatre
The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World The Powerhouse Theatre Company, [Inside] the Ford
Toys in the Attic The Colony Theatre Company, The Colony Theatre
The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife Sharyn Lane, The Zephyr Theatre
Jules Aaron, Jesus' Kid Brother
Martin Benson, The Drawer Boy South Coast Repertory
Elina de Santos, Orpheus Descending
Jessica Kubzansky, Toys in the Attic
Rick Sparks, Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange Greenway Arts Alliance, Greenway Court Theatre
Darryl Archibald, Anyone Can Whistle The Matrix Theatre
David O, The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World
Gerald Sternbach, She Loves Me! Reprise! Broadway's Best WRITING
The LADCC, founded in 1969, is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. 21 critics reviewed theatre for different websites, radio stations, and newspapers and magazines for the year 2003. For more information, visit www.ladramacriticscircle.com.