Diane Paulus, Hotel Nepenthe, Ruined, Hair, Doug Elkins Among Winners of Boston's Norton Awards

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24 May 2011

Diane Paulus
Diane Paulus

The 29th Annual Elliot Norton Awards, recognizing excellence in Boston-area theatre, were handed out May 23 at the Paramount Mainstage in Boston. The tours of Hair and August: Osage County were among winners.

The Norton Award for Outstanding New Script went to John Kuntz for The Hotel Nepenthe, produced by Actors' Shakespeare Express.

Presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association, the awards are named in honor of the Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton, who for many years served on the selection committee and who remained a supporter of the drama, both locally and nationally. For 48 years Norton was a drama critic for Boston newspapers; concurrently, from 1958 until his retirement in 1982, he was moderator of "Elliot Norton Reviews" on WGBH-TV.

Director Scott Edmiston, who has staged more than 50 productions in New England, is this year's recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. In addition, a special citation was presented to Wheelock Family Theatre, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this season.

The list below was corrected two hours after Playbill.com posted incorrect winners that were supplied by the Norton Awards.



2011 ELLIOT NORTON AWARDS RECIPIENTS

OUTSTANDING VISITING PRODUCTION
August: Osage County (Broadway Across America)

OUTSTANDING VISITING MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Hair (Broadway Across America)

OUTSTANDING DESIGN (MIDSIZE/SMALL/FRINGE THEATER)
Cristina Todesco [sets], Bobby Frederick Tilley II [costumes], Aaron Mack [sound], Benjamin Williams [lighting] – The Aliens (Company One)

OUTSTANDING DESIGN (LARGE THEATER)
Marsha Ginsberg [set], Carol Bailey [costumes], Justin Townsend [lighting], Clive Goodwin [sound], Jim and Ruth Bauer [videography] – The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater)

OUTSTANDING NEW SCRIPT
John Kuntz – The Hotel Nepenthe (Actors' Shakespeare Project)

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY
Doug Elkins – Fraulein Maria (ArtsEmerson/Doug Elkins and Friends)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR (SMALL/FRINGE THEATER)
Shawn LaCount – The Aliens (Company One)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR (MIDSIZE THEATER)
Spiro Veloudos and Courtney O'Connor [Associate Director] – The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I & II (Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR (LARGE THEATER)
Diane Paulus – Hair (Broadway Across America); Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theater); Prometheus Bound (American Repertory Theater)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (SMALL/FRINGE THEATER)
Stacy Fischer – Hysteria, or Fragments of an Analysis of an Obsessional Neurosis (Nora Theatre Company)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR (SMALL/FRINGE THEATER)
Alex Pollock – The Aliens (Company One)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (MIDSIZE THEATER)
Anne Gottlieb – Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune (New Repertory Theatre); In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play) (SpeakEasy Stage Company)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR (MIDSIZE THEATER)
Johnny Lee Davenport – Broke-ology (Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS (LARGE THEATER)
Kate MacCluggage – The Merchant of Venice (ArtsEmerson/Theatre for a New Audience)

OUTSTANDING ACTOR (LARGE THEATER)
Thomas Derrah – R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe (American Repertory Theater)

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
The Hotel Nepenthe (Actors' Shakespeare Project)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE
Uzo Aduba – Prometheus Bound (American Repertory Theater)

SPECIAL CITATION
Wheelock Family Theatre 30th Anniversary

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (FRINGE THEATER)
Mrs. Grinchley's Christmas Carol (The Gold Dust Orphans)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (SMALL THEATER)
The Aliens (Company One)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (MIDSIZE THEATER)
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts I & II (Lyric Stage Company of Boston)

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION (LARGE THEATER)
Ruined (Huntington Theatre Company)

OUTSTANDING LOCAL MUSICAL PRODUCTION
The Blue Flower (American Repertory Theater)

NORTON PRIZE FOR SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE
Scott Edmiston