By Kenneth Jones
20 Oct 2009
The celebration of theatrical excellence in the Chicago area was held at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, IL.
In a rare production tie, Ruined (a co-production between Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club) shared top honors for Production - Play (in the Large Theatre category) with Steppenwolf Theatre's The Seafarer.
In a second tie, Larry Neumann, Jr. (First Folio Theatre's A Moon for the Misbegotten) and William L. Petersen (Victory Gardens Theater's Blackbird) as Actor in a Principal Role.
In a third tie, the Jeff for Actress in a Supporting Role - Musical went to Liz Baltes of A Minister's Wife (Writer's Theatre) and Summer Smart of The Light in the Piazza (Marriott Theatre).
New Adaptation - Play went to Seth Bockley for Jon, New Adaptation - Musical went to Josh Schmidt, Jan Tranen and Austin Pendleton for A Minister's Wife, their musical of Shaw's Candida.
At the Jeff ceremony, the near-capacity audience witnessed live and historic video performances from The Second City which received a Tribute Award for its 50th anniversary.
Jeff chair Susan Haimes presented a Special Award to director-producer William Pullinsi for his 50-year career of presenting theatre.
COMPLETE LIST OF JEFF EQUITY AWARD RECIPIENTS
PRODUCTION - PLAY - LARGE (Tie)
Ruined - Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club
The Seafarer - Steppenwolf Theatre Company
PRODUCTION - PLAY - MIDSIZE
The History Boys - TimeLine Theatre Company
PRODUCTION - MUSICAL - LARGE
Caroline, or Change - Court Theatre
PRODUCTION - MUSICAL - MIDSIZE
Tomorrow Morning - Hilary A. Williams, LLC
PRODUCTION - REVUE
Studs Terkel's Not Working - The Second City e.t.c.
The History Boys - TimeLine Theatre Company
DIRECTOR – PLAY
Nick Bowling - The History Boys - TimeLine Theatre Company
DIRECTOR - MUSICAL
Charles Newell - Caroline, or Change - Court Theatre
DIRECTOR - REVUE
Matt Hovde - Studs Terkel's Not Working - The Second City e.t.c.
Max McLean - Mark's Gospel - Fellowship for the Performing Arts
ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY (Tie)
William L. Petersen - Blackbird - Victory Gardens Theater
Larry Neumann, Jr. - A Moon for the Misbegotten - First Folio Theatre
ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
Joseph Anthony Foronda - Miss Saigon - Drury Lane Oakbrook
ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - PLAY
Saidah Arrika Ekulona - Ruined - Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club
ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE - MUSICAL
E. Faye Butler - Caroline, or Change - Court Theatre
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Alex Weisman - The History Boys - TimeLine Theatre Company
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - MUSICAL
Max Quinlan - The Light in the Piazza - Marriott Theatre
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE - PLAY
Spencer Kayden - Don't Dress for Dinner - The British Stage Company
ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL (Tie)
Liz Baltes - A Minister's Wife - Writers' Theatre
Summer Smart - The Light in the Piazza - Marriott Theatre
ACTOR IN A REVUE
Mark David Kaplan - Forbidden Broadway: Dances with the Stars - John Freedson, Harriet Yellin, & Margaret Cotter
ACTRESS IN A REVUE
Amanda Blake Davis - Studs Terkel's Not Working - The Second City e.t.c.
SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE
Lucy Osborne - Twelfth Night - Chicago Shakespeare Theater
SCENIC DESIGN – MIDSIZE
Brian Sidney Bembridge - The History Boys - TimeLine Theatre Company
COSTUME DESIGN - LARGE
Mara Blumenfeld - The Arabian Nights - Lookingglass Theatre Company
COSTUME DESIGN - MIDSIZE
Rachel Laritz - The Voysey Inheritance - Remy Bumppo Theatre Company
LIGHTING DESIGN - LARGE
Christopher Akerlind - Rock 'n' Roll - Goodman Theatre
LIGHTING DESIGN - MIDSIZE
Jesse Klug - Hedwig and the Angry Inch - American Theater Company
SOUND DESIGN - LARGE
Ray Nardelli and Joshua Horvath - Miss Saigon - Drury Lane Oakbrook
SOUND DESIGN - MIDSIZE
Lindsay Jones - The K of D: An Urban Legend - The Route 66 Theatre Company
David H. Bell - The Boys from Syracuse - Drury Lane Oakbrook
ORIGINAL INCIDENTAL MUSIC
Dominic Kanza - Ruined - Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club
Doug Peck - Caroline, or Change - Court Theatre
NEW ADAPTATION - PLAY
Seth Bockley - Jon - Collaboraction
NEW WORK - PLAY
Lynn Nottage - Ruined - Goodman Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club
NEW ADAPTATION - MUSICAL
Josh Schmidt, Jan Tranen and Austin Pendleton - A Minister's Wife - Writers' Theatre
Steve Tolin - The Lieutenant of Inishmore - Northlight Theatre
Mike Tutaj - Tomorrow Morning - Hilary A. Williams, LLC
The Second City - 50th Anniversary
William Pullinsi - Director and Producer - Outstanding Achievement - 50 Years in Theatre