Michael Shannon and Merritt Wever Are Recipients of Actors' Equity Joe A. Callaway Award
06 Dec 2012
Arne Gundersen, president of Actors' Equity Foundation, announced Dec. 6 that Merritt Wever and Michael Shannon have been selected to receive the 2012 Joe A. Callaway Award for their performances in Soho Rep’s production of Annie Baker's new version of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.
Merritt Wever, who played Sonya in the production, has appeared in The Illusion (Signature Theatre); Hater (Ice Factory); What Then (Clubbed Thumb), among many other Off-Broadway productions. Michael Shannon, who played Astrov, can be seen as Nelson Van Alden on HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire"; he also recently made his Broadway debut in Grace.
The award was established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway "to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre and honors the best performance in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area." It includes a $1,000 check plus an engraved plaque for each recipient; the awards will be presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting Jan. 11, 2013.
The judges panel included Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.