Actors, designers and productions from the 1995 South Coast Repertory season garnered 12 of 35 awards distributed at the 27th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards Ceremony March 18, recognizing outstanding theatre in Los Angeles.
South Coast Repertory's (SCR) World Premiere of Margaret Edson's Wit won six awards, including the Ted Schmitt Award for Best New Play of 1995 with a $1,000 cash prize. Other Wit winning categories were for Production, Writing, Direction (Martin Benson), Lead Performance (Megan Cole), and Lighting Design (Paulie Jenkin).
SCR's She Stoops to Folly won four awards; for featured actors Jane Carr and Douglas Sills, Scenic Design (Ralph Funicello) and Costume Design (Shigeru Yaji). Nicky Silver's Raised in Captivity received two awards for leading actor Julie Hagarty and featured actor Jane Kaczmarek.
Other top winners were the Matrix Theatre Company's productions of The Homecoming and Endgame, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
Zoe Caldwell was among eight actors who received awards for Lead Performance, for her portrayal of Maria Callas in the Mark Taper Forum production of Terrence McNally's Master Class, currently on Broadway. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Carol Channing. Fifteen members of the LA Drama Critics Circle first vote on 60 nominations, and then choose 30 winners for 11 categories, allowing several winners per category. There are five special honors awarded to individuals.