Rabe was recognized for her performance as Portia in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, the Public Theater production which originated in Central Park and then moved to Broadway.
Rauch received the award for his performance as Bosola in the Red Bull Theater production of John Webster's 17th century masterpiece, The Duchess of Malfi, performed at the Theatre at St. Clement's.
Rabe has appeared on Broadway in The American Plan, Heartbreak House and Steel Magnolias, as well as Off-Broadway and in regional theatres in Crimes of the Heart, Proof and Colder Than Here, among others.
Rauch has appeared extensively at the Roundabout, MCC, New Group, and Signature theatres in New York and at the Williamstown Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Arena Stage and Hartford Stage.
The award was established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre and honors the best performance in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area. It includes a $1,000 check plus an engraved plaque for each recipient, which will be presented at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership Meeting at 2 PM on Jan. 7, 2011, at the Equity offices in Manhattan. The judges' panel included Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theater Week; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
Kimbrough got the annual St. Clair Bayfield Award for his performance as the Prince of Arragon on Broadway in the Public Theater's Broadway production of Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.
The award, which was established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, honors the best performance in a supporting role by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. The recipient receives a $1,000 check and a crystal plaque, which will be presented at Equity's Eastern Regional Membership Meeting Jan. 7, 2011.
Kimbrough appeared with the New York Philharmonic in My Fair Lady and in the Encores! production of No, No Nanette. On Broadway, he was seen in Accent on Youth, Hay Fever, Sunday in the Park with George and Company, for which he received a Tony nomination. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his appearance as anchorman Jim Dial on the long-running TV series, "Murphy Brown."
The judges' panel for the Bayfield Award includes Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.