My Kind of Town: Chicago's Jeff Citations Awarded, TimeLine Tops Record Toting Seven

News   My Kind of Town: Chicago's Jeff Citations Awarded, TimeLine Tops Record Toting Seven The Citation Wing of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee announced the winners June 11 for its annual Jeff Citations for excellence in non-union theatre in the Chicago area. Among the winners announced at an evening ceremony at Park West on Armitage Avenue, TimeLine Theatre topped the list and last year's big winner, Circle Theatre (6), with seven awards.

The Citation Wing of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee announced the winners June 11 for its annual Jeff Citations for excellence in non-union theatre in the Chicago area. Among the winners announced at an evening ceremony at Park West on Armitage Avenue, TimeLine Theatre topped the list and last year's big winner, Circle Theatre (6), with seven awards.

Performer and Northlight Theatre artistic director BJ Jones served as master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured scenes from nominated shows. The Eclipse Theatre, which garnered 11 nominations, took home the night's silver with five awards and Lifeline Theatre, which held the most nominations (12), took home four.

A special Citation were presented to the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for their funding, advocacy, education, and nurturing in support of Chicago's off-Loop theatre. And another special Citation was given to Joseph Butch Gniadek, master usher and permanent fixture in Chicago theatre's opening nights since the early 1980's. Due to a recent illness, he was forced to leave the hectic theatre schedule.

The Jeff Committee judged 108 productions from 49 producing organizations, staged between April 1, 2000-March 31, 2001. The "non competitive" awards may have multiple winners in various categories, according to spokesperson Bruce K. Siewerth.

Here are the 2001 Jeff Citation nominees *(with winners in bold): PRODUCTION
*Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse Theatre Company)
Coyote on a Fence (Shattered Globe Theatre)
Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)
Into the Woods (Porchlight Theatre)
Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre)
*Not About Nightingales (TimeLine Theatre Company)
Pistols for Two (Lifeline Theatre)

ENSEMBLE
*Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse)
Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)
Into the Woods (Porchlight Theatre)
Love Child (Live Bait Theatrical)
*Not About Nightingales (TimeLine Theatre)
Pistols for Two (Lifeline Theatre)
*Porcelain (Trap Door Theatre)

DIRECTOR
*Nick Bowling Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse Theatre)
*William Brown Not About Nightingales (TimeLine Theatre)
Dado Coyote on a Fence (Shattered Globe)
Michael Matthews Porcelain (Trap Door Theatre)
Dorothy Milne Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre)
Dorothy Milne Pistols for Two (Lifeline Theatre)
Anthony Moseley Refuge (CollaborAction)
L. Walter Stearns Into the Woods (Porchlight)

NEW WORK
*Luther Goins Love Child (Live Bait)
Paul Kampf American Gothic (Breadline Theatre)
*G. Riley Mills and Ralph Covert Streeterville (TimeLine)

NEW ADAPTATION
*Christina Calvit Pistols for Two (Lifeline)
Jim Lasko in collaboration with the Redmoon Company Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Amy Carle Refuge (CollaborAction)
Michelle Courvais Private Eyes (Acme Arts Society presents Sliced Bread Production)
*Marlene Flood Passion (Porchlight)
*Jenifer Tyler Key Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre)
CeCe Klinger A Woman Without a Name (Eclipse Theatre)
Eileen Niccolai The Batting Cage (Shattered Globe Theatre)

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Jamie Axtell The Resurrectionists (Boxer Rebellion Ensemble)
John Dunleavy A Night in November (Seanachai Theatre Company)
Eric Johnson The Pitchfork Disney(Trap Door Theatre)
*Steve Key Coyote on a Fence (Shattered Globe)
Tom McElroy Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse)
Gary Simmers Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse)
Gary Simmers Watch on the Rhine (Eclipse)
Jeffrey Solomon Mother Son (Bailiwick Repertory)

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Angela Bullard Present Laughter (Bailiwick Repertory)
Heather Graff Estrogen Fest (The Aardvark)
Dana Green Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse)
*Jenny McKnight Watch on the Rhine (Eclipse)
*Linda Reiter Invitation to a March (Shattered Globe)
*Ann Wakefield Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse)

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
*John Cabrera Refuge (CollaborAction)
*David Parkes Not About Nightingales (TimeLine)
Tony Peterson The Resurrectionists (Boxer Rebellion)
John Simmons Triumph of Love (Circle Theatre)
*Marco Verna Not About Nightingales (TimeLine)

SCENIC DESIGN
*Alan Donahue Jane Eyre (Lifeline)
Alan Donahue Pistols for Two (Lifeline)
Robert A. Knuth The Life (Circle Theatre)
Robert A. Knuth Triumph of Love (Circle Theatre)
*Jim Lasko and Shoshanna Utchenik Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)
Rick Young American Buffalo (Circle Theatre)

COSTUME DESIGN
Nicole Burchfield Another Part of the Forest (Eclipse Theatre Company)
*Jeffrey Kelly Triumph of Love (Circle Theatre)
Joel Klaff Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)
Kim Fencl Rak Pistols for Two (Lifeline Theatre)

LIGHTING DESIGN
Christine Binder Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)
*Kevin Gawley Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre)
*Joe Kazmierski Not About Nightingales (TimeLine)
Lynne Koscielniak Invitation to a March (Shattered Globe)

SOUND DESIGN
Alberto Carrasco Jane Eyre (Lifeline Theatre)
Andrew Hansen Not About Nightingales (TimeLine Theatre)
Chris J. Johnson Refuge (Collaboraction)
*Bob Rokos and Dave Bell Coyote on a Fence (Shattered Globe)
Michael Zerang Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)

CHOREOGRAPHY
*Kevin Bellie The Life (Circle Theatre)
Kevin Bellie Triumph of Love (Circle Theatre)

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Chris J. Johnson Refuge (Collaboraction)
*Michael Zerang Hunchback (Redmoon Theatre)

MUSICAL DIRECTION
*Eugene Dizon Into the Woods (Porchlight)
Eugene Dizon Passion (Porchlight)
Jon Steinhagen Triumph of Love (Circle Theatre)

Theatre Roundup / Citations:

TimeLine: 7
Eclipse: 5
Lifeline: 4
Shattered Globe: 3
Circle Theatre: 2
Porchlight: 2
Redmoon: 2
CollaborAction: 1
Live Bait: 1
Trap Door: 1

— by Ernio Hernandez