The Wild Party and Men Should Weep Take Home Top Honors at Jeff Awards

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The 42nd annual Jeff Awards were presented June 8, celebrating non-union theatre in Chicago. Bailiwick Chicago’s staging of Michael John LaChiusa’s The Wild Party led all musical nominees with eight awards, and Griffin Theatre’s Men Should Weep led play nominees with three awards.

The awards were presented at a ceremony at Park West, emceed by Chicago actors Karl Hamilton and Sarah Hayes; 118 nominees in 24 categories were recognized, from 66 Jeff-recommended productions.

This year's Special Jeff Award honored the career and legacy of Russ Tutterow, longtime artistic director at Chicago Dramatists, who recently passed away.

Below is the full list of winners:

Production – Play
Men Should Weep - Griffin Theatre Company

Production - Musical 
The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago Production - Revue
Always... Patsy Cline - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Ensemble
The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Director - Play
Robin Witt - Men Should Weep - Griffin Theatre Company

Director - Musical or Revue
Brenda Didier - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Actor in a Principal Role - Play
Kevin Cox - La Bête - Trap Door Theatre

Actor in a Principal Role - Musical
Matthew Keffer - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Actress in a Principal Role - Play
Lori Myers - Men Should Weep - Griffin Theatre Company

Actress in a Principal Role - Musical or Revue
Danni Smith - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Actor in a Supporting Role - Play
Shane Kenyon - If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet - Steep Theatre Company

Actor in a Supporting Role - Musical
Donterrio Johnson - Jesus Christ Superstar - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Actress in a Supporting Role- Play
Ginneh Thomas - The Submission - Pride Films and Plays

Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical or Revue
Danni Smith - Always... Patsy Cline - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

New Work
Ike Holter - Exit Strategy - Jackalope Theatre Company

New Adaptation 
Matt Foss - The Jungle - Oracle Productions

Choreography
Brenda Didier - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Original Music in a Play
Nicholas Tonozzi and Sam Allyn - The Jungle - Oracle Productions

Music Direction
Aaron Benham - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Scenic Design
Ray Toler - Vieux Carré - Raven Theatre

Lighting Design 
Brian Hoehne - The Wild Party - Bailiwick Chicago

Costume Design 
Rachel Sypniewski - La Bête - Trap Door Theatre

Sound Design
Sarah Espinoza - The Arsonists - Strawdog Theatre Company

Artistic Specialization
Aaron Benham - A Musical Tribute to the Andrews Sisters - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Special Award
Russ Tutterow

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