Sam Gold, August: Osage County, Milk Like Sugar, Jesus Christ Superstar Win San Diego Critics Awards

News   Sam Gold, August: Osage County, Milk Like Sugar, Jesus Christ Superstar Win San Diego Critics Awards The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle named The Old Globe's 2011 production of Tracy Letts' drama August: Osage County the Outstanding Dramatic Production in the 10th annual Craig Noel Awards ceremony on Feb. 6.

Josh Young as Judas
Josh Young as Judas Photo by David Hou

August: Osage County also won for Lead Performance (Lois Markle), Direction (Sam Gold) and Ensemble award for its 13-member cast. Director Gold is currently represented on Broadway with Seminar and Off-Broadway with Look Back in Anger.

La Jolla Playhouse was also honored in three categories, including top touring show for the late 2011 engagement of the Des McAnuff-directed, Broadway-bound production of Jesus Christ Superstar, which originated at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in summer 2011.

Kirsten Greenidge's Milk Like Sugar was honored as Outstanding New Play. And the Playhouse-produced audio drama Susurrus, presented last fall at the San Diego Botanic Garden, was named Outstanding Special Event.

The awards ceremony was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, in La Jolla, CA.

Recipients of the 2011 Craig Noel Awards Outstanding Dramatic Production
August: Osage County, The Old Globe

Outstanding Direction of a Play
Sam Gold, August: Osage County, The Old Globe

Outstanding Ensemble
August: Osage County, The Old Globe

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male
Manny Fernandes, Of Mice and Men, New Village Arts Theatre
Robert Foxworth, Superior Donuts, San Diego REPertory Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female
Lois Markle, August: Osage County, The Old Globe
Rosina Reynolds, The Glass Menagerie, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female
Catalina Maynard, Angels in America, ion theatre
Diana Reasonover, Stick Fly, Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male
David Ellenstein, My Name is Asher Lev, North Coast Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Touring Production
Jesus Christ Superstar, La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding New Play
Kirsten Greenidge, Milk Like Sugar, La Jolla Playhouse

Actor of the Year
Brian Mackey

Outstanding Young Artist/Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship
Lucia Vecchio, The Diary of Anne Frank, Onstage Playhouse

Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work at a Small Theater
ion theatre for Angels in America

Outstanding Resident Musical
Jane Austen's Emma, The Old Globe

Outstanding Direction of a Musical
Sean Murray, Cabaret, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
Linda Libby, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, ion Theatre
Karson St. John, Cabaret, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male
B. Slade, The Who's Tommy, San Diego REPertory Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male
Randall Hickman, Hairspray, Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female
Katie Whalley, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, ion Theatre

Outstanding Musical Direction
Steve Gunderson, The Who's Tommy, San Diego REPertory Theatre

Outstanding Choreography
David Brannen, Cabaret, Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Music for a Play
Shaun Davey, The Tempest, The Old Globe

Outstanding Sound Design
Melanie Chen, Angels in America, ion theatre
Deborah Gilmour Smyth, The Book of the Dun Cow, Lamb's Players Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design
Jennifer Brawn Gittings, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) San Diego REPertory Theatre
Jeanne Reith, The Servant of Two Masters, Lamb's Players Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design
Michael Gilliam, Jane Austen's Emma, The Old Globe
Karen Filijan, Angels in America, ion Theatre

Outstanding Set Design
Tobin Ost, Jane Austen's Emma, The Old Globe

Outstanding Special Event
Susurrus, La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Projection Design
Peter Nigrini, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, La Jolla Playhouse

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Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theatre critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theatre in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence.

The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, alternative weeklies, entertainment trade publications, broadcast media, and web sites in San Diego County.

The Circle's annual awards for outstanding San Diego theatre are named for the late Craig Noel, founder and longtime artistic director of The Old Globe.

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