Shem Bitterman's The Job has won the coveted Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Ted Schmitt Award for the World Premiere of an Outstanding New Play. The award will be presented at the LADCC's annual awards ceremony on Mar. 15.
The Job, which was also directed by Bitterman, opened in early Nov. 1998 and is currently in its fourth month of performances at The Hudson Guild. The LADDC also nominated The Job as Best Production and actor Barry Cullison as Best Leading Actor.
"This is an exciting time for us, and we're very proud of Shem," said Guild artistic director Jack Stehlin in a statement. "We've always felt that The Job is a very special play. It's rewarding to know that other people agree." The play has also copped three Garland Awards.
The Guild, an acting company under the leadership of husband and wife team Jack Stehlin and Jeannine Welles, began operations in June, 1995. The couple, who met in front of the theatre in 1995, are known for producing classic plays in an original style. The Job is the company's first venture into producing a new play on its mainstage.
The Hudson Guild is located at 6543 Santa Monica Blvd. Call (310) 442-0816. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent