Nominees for Chicago-Area Non-Equity Jeff Award Citations Announced

News   Nominees for Chicago-Area Non-Equity Jeff Award Citations Announced Nominations for the best of non-union Chicago theatre in 1999-2000 were announced May 1 by the Joseph Jefferson Awards' Citation Wing.

Nominations for the best of non-union Chicago theatre in 1999-2000 were announced May 1 by the Joseph Jefferson Awards' Citation Wing.

The 27th Annual Citation Wing Awards will be held June 12 at Park West. The committee announced 82 nominations in 16 categories, with Raven Theatre and Roadworks Productions leading in number of noms (with eight for each company). Porchlight Theatre received nine nominations, seven in association with The Athenaeum Theatre.

Circle Theatre finished next in the lineup, with seven nominations; Trap Door Theatre has six; and Bailiwick Repertory and ETA Creative Arts Foundation have five each.

Outstanding Production nominations went to Circle Theatre's The Crime of the Century, Trap Door's Lebensraum, Merrily We Roll Along by Porchlight Theatre in association with Fred Solari and The Athenaeum Theatre, Roadworks' Stupid Kids, and Raven Theatre's A View from the Bridge.

* The Citations Wing of the Jeff Committee was created to recognize outstanding achievement in professional productions of Chicago-area theatres not operating under union -- Actors' Equity, largely -- contracts. During the 1999-2000 Citations season (April 1, 1999-March 31, 2000) the Jeff Committee judged 111 productions from 55 producing organizations. The committee recommended 38 productions from thirty producing organizations, and the final list of Citations nominations represents 33 productions from 27 companies. The awards are non-competitive, and multiple nominees may receive awards in each category.

The Equity-oriented Jefferson Awards began in 1968. The non Equity Citations began in 1973.

The 1999-2000 Citations Awards nominations go to:

PRODUCTION
The Crime of the Century, Circle Theatre
Lebensraum, Trap Door Theatre
Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight Theatre in association with Fred Solari
Stupid Kids, Roadworks Productions
A View from the Bridge, Raven Theatre Company

ENSEMBLE
Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Open Eye Productions
Lebensraum, Trap Door
The Lower Depths, Shattered Globe Theatre
Police Deaf Near Far, Stage Left Theatre
Stupid Kids, Roadworks

DIRECTOR
Malcolm Haymes, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, Open Eye Productions
Greg Kolack, The Crime of the Century, Circle Theatre
Drew Martin, Police Deaf Near Far, Stage Left
Michael Menendian, A View from the Bridge, Rave
Shade Murray, Stupid Kids, Roadworks
Michael S. Pieper, Lebensraum, Trap Door
L. Walter Stearns, Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight/Fred Solari/Athenaeum

NEW WORK
Landon Coleman, Picture This, Bailiwick Repertory Theater
John Corwin, Gone Home, Wax Lips Theatre Company
Penny Penniston, Now Then Again, Bailiwick
Sybil J. Roberts, Dream of Ophelia, ETA Creative Arts Foundation Inc.
David Rush, Police Deaf Near Far, Stage Left

NEW ADAPTATION
Rebecca Gilman, The Crime of the Century, Circle
Jim Lasko, Jessica Thebus and Tria Smith, Rachel's Love, Redmoon Theater
Penny Penniston and Jeremy Wechsler, The Roaring Girl, Shakespeare's Motley Crew

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Bethanny Alexander, The Cover of Life, Circle
Susan Block, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Red Wolf Theatre Company, Inc.
Suzanne Genz, Colette Collage, Porchlight
Susy Ibrahim, Wrong Turn at Lungfish, Fourth Wall Productions
Greta Oglesby, Dream of Ophelia, ETA
Katherine Martinez Ripley, Abundance, Pendulum Theatre Company
Janelle Snow, Suddenly Last Summer, Eclipse Theatre Company
Seema Sueko, The Crime of the Century, Circle

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Charlie Clark, Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight/Fred Solari/Athenaeum
Darrell W. Cox, Popcorn, Profiles Theatre
Anthony Moseley, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, Collaboraction Theatre Company
Stephen Rader, Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight/Fred Solari/Athenaeum
Mike Vieau, A View from the Bridge, Raven
Joseph Wycoff, Now Then Again, Bailiwick

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Tracy Sienna Coppola, A View from the Bridge, Raven
Jennifer Fisk, The Cover of Life, Circle
Sharon Gopfert, Lebensraum, Trap Door
Halena Kays, Stupid Kids, Roadworks
Lybia V. Pugh, For Colored Girls…, The Journeymen
Jody Wilson, Fit to Be Tied, Frump Tucker Theatre Company

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Woody Bolar, Get Ready, ETA Ed Cunningham, A View from the Bridge, Raven
Eric Johnson, Lebensraum, Trap Door
Ed Kross, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, Ron Kolson and Jam Theatricals in association with John Pellouchoud
Andrew Whately, The Red Address, Red Wolf

SCENIC DESIGN
Geoffrey M. Curley, Stupid Kids, Roadworks
Kevin Hagan, The Lower Depths, Shattered Globe
Robert C. Martin, Dream of Ophelia, ETA
Michael Menendian, A View from the Bridge, Raven
Tom Mitchell, When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?, Collaboraction
Jacqueline and Richard Penrod, Noises Off, Broutil and Frothingham Productions
Dan Reilly, Rachel's Love, Redmoon

COSTUME DESIGN
Karen Kawa, The Lower Depths, Shattered Globe
Sarah Pace, Marat/Sade, The Hypocrites
Stacy Ellen Rich, The Roaring Girl, Shakespeare's Motley Crew
Patti Roeder, Abundance, Pendulum Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN
Gregg Essex, Stupid Kids, Roadworks
Andrew Meyers, Rachel's Love, Redmoon
Richard Norwood, Lebensraum, Trap Door
Michael Rourke, Now Then Again, Bailiwick
Michelle Smietana, A View from the Bridge, Raven

SOUND DESIGN
Mike Creason, Measure for Measure, Strawdog Theatre Company
Benjamin T. Getting, Stupid Kids, Roadworks
Gary Simmers, Suddenly Last Summer, Eclipse

CHOREOGRAPHY
Samantha Fitschen, Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight/Fred Solari/Athenaeum
Ty Perry, Eating Raoul, Circle
Joe Plummer, Get Ready, ETA
Birgitta Victorson, Stupid Kids, Roadworks

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Mike Creason, Measure for Measure, Strawdog
Joseph Fosco, Now Then Again, Bailiwick
Leif Olsen, A View from the Bridge, Raven
David Pavkovic, Rachel's Love, Redmoon

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Kingsley Day, Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh!, Rob Kolson/Jam Theatricals/John Pellouchoud
Eugene Dizon, Colette Collage, Porchlight
Eugene Dizon, Falsettos, Athenaeum/Porchlight
Eugene Dizon, Merrily We Roll Along, Porchlight/Fred Solari/Athenaeum
Thomas Murray, Saturday Night, Pegasus Players

-- By Kenneth Jones