Linda Emond (Homebody/Kabul), Phylicia Rashad (Gem of the Ocean), playwright August Wilson (Gem of the Ocean), composer Stephen Sondheim (Passion) and choreographer Susan Stroman (The Producers) are among the nominees this year.
The 35th annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony is set for April 4 at 7:30 PM at West Hollywood's Coronet Theatre. Tickets are priced at $35 and are available by calling (323) 993-8695. Doors open at 6:30 PM for drinks and a light buffet.
Special awards will be bestowed as follows: The Margaret Harford Award (for sustained excellence in theatre) will go to Jessica Kubzansky. The Ted Schmitt Award (for world premiere of an outstanding new play) will be presented to Del Shores for The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife. The Bob Z Award (for lifetime achievement in set design) will honor Desma Murphy. The Natalie Schafer Award (for an emerging comic actress) goes to Rebecca O’Brien. The Polly Warfield Award (for an excellent season/year in a small-to-mid-sized theatre) will be bestowed upon A Noise Within. And the Lifetime Achievement Award will honor Center Theatre Group artistic director Gordon Davidson.
The 2003 nominees for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards are:
The Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife Sharyn Lane, The Zephyr Theatre DIRECTION
Elina de Santos, Orpheus Descending MUSICAL DIRECTION
Gerald Sternbach, She Loves Me! Reprise! Broadway’s Best WRITING
August Wilson, Gem of the Ocean Center Theatre Group, The Mark Taper Forum ADAPTATION
Tom Szentgyorgyi, Among the Thugs The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, The Odyssey Theatre MUSICAL SCORE
Stephen Sondheim, Passion East West Players, David Henry Hwang Theatre at the Union Center for the Arts LEAD PERFORMANCE
Phylicia Rashad, Gem of the Ocean FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Kecia Lewis, Raisin ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
The cast of Chavez Ravine Center Theatre Group, The Mark Taper Forum SCENIC DESIGN
Victoria Petrovich, Passion LIGHTING DESIGN
Rand Ryan, Agnes of God COSTUME DESIGN
Shon LeBlanc, The Women, Theatre Neo with Hudson Theatricals/The Hudson Theatres SOUND DESIGN
Rick Sparks, Anthony Burgess’s A Clockwork Orange CHOREOGRAPHY
Susan Stroman, The Producers, The Pantages Theatre HAIR, WIGS AND MAKEUP DESIGN
Sugano, Anyone Can Whistle VIDEO PRODUCTION DESIGN
Belfast Blues The LADCC, founded in 1969, is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. 21 critics reviewed theatre for different websites, radio stations, and newspapers and magazines for the year 2003. For more information, visit www.ladramacriticscircle.com.