Honoring excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2006, the 38th annual L.A.D.C.C. Awards will be presented at a ceremony at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, CA.
Richard Montoya, Ric Salinas and Herbert Siguenza — the trio known as Culture Clash (Zorro in Hell, Water & Power) — will co-host with Back Stage West critic Wenzel Jones.
Joining the previously announced performers — The Troubadour Theater Company (Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing) and the cast of The Marvelous Wonderettes — will be Kevin Earley and Camille Saviola (Zorba, The House of Bernarda Alba).
Presenters scheduled will include two-time Tony Award nominee Nancy Dussault (recently of Reprise! Sunday in the Park with George) and "Days of Our Lives" actor James Reynolds (artistic director of Fremont Centre Theatre) as well as previous winners Deidrie Henry (Yellowman), Bets Malone (On The Town), Bill Brochtrup (Pera Palas), David O (musical director The Wild Party), Daniel Henning (artistic director of The Blank Theatre Company, The Wild Party), Dakin Matthews (The Prince of L.A.), Kevin Earley (1776) and Rick Sparks (director Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange).
The nominees for the 2006 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards follow: LEAD PERFORMANCE
Erica Tazel, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me By a Young Lady From Rwanda - Colony Theatre FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Camille Saviola, Zorba - Reprise! Broadway's Best ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The Marvelous Wonderettes - El Portal Forum Theatre SOLO PERFORMANCE
Lynn Redgrave, Nightingale - Mark Taper Forum PRODUCTION
The Brothers Karamazov - Circle X Theatre Company T.H. MCCULLOH AWARD FOR REVIVAL
A Touch of the Poet - A Noise Within WRITING AND ADAPTATION
Craig Wright, Grace - Furious Theatre Company DIRECTION
Dámaso Rodriguez, Grace - Furious Theatre Company CHOREOGRAPHY
Janet Miller, The Marvelous Wonderettes - El Portal Forum Theatre MUSICAL DIRECTION
Jim Vukovich, Beehive - Valley Musical Theatre MUSICAL SCORE
Lori Scarlett, The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical - Hudson Backstage Theatre SCENIC DESIGN
Jeff McLaughlin, Recent Tragic Events - Theatre Tribe LIGHTING DESIGN
Robert Wilson, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets - Ahmanson Theatre COSTUME DESIGN, HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP
Maggie Morgan (costumes), Bach at Leipzig - South Coast Repertory SOUND DESIGN
Robert Oriol, A Picture of Dorian Gray - Theatre @ Boston Court CGI & VIDEO PROJECTIONS
Jan Hartley (projection design) and Alice Brooks (cinematography), iWitness - Mark Taper Forum The 2006 special award recipients follow:
The Margaret Harford Award
(for sustained excellence in theatre)
Troubadour Theater Company
The Ted Schmitt Award
(for world premiere of an outstanding new play)
Richard Montoya for Culture Clash's Water and Power
The Bob Z Award
(for career achievement in set design)
The Angstrom Award (for career achievement in lighting design)
The Polly Warfield Award (for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre)
The Joel Hirschhorn Award
(for outstanding achievement in musical theatre)
For tickets ($35) to the show, at the El Portal Theatre, located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood, CA, follow instructions at L.A.D.C.C.'s website. Doors open at 6:30 PM for a catered reception (with no-host bar) and silent auction. The show starts at 7:30 PM.