Rita Moreno, Jeff Whitty, Seussical, Bill Cain Among Winners in SF Bay Area Critics Awards

By Kenneth Jones
April 11, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle announced recipients of its Excellence in Theatre Awards on April 2. The honors are for work seen in California's Bay Area in 2011.



Rita Moreno — the Tony, Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning actress — won in the Solo Performance category for her autobiographical show Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup, seen at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Resident productions of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Seussical and Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins won awards in multiple categories. Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) won for his Original Script for the new musical Tales of the City, seen at American Conservatory Theatre.

Equivocation playwright Bill Cain won an Original Script award for his new play, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, seen at Berkeley Rep.

Multiple recipients are allowed in categories. The recipients are:

MUSICALS
AT VENUES OF 99 SEATS OR LESS

COSTUME DESIGN
Kära Emry
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

DIRECTION
Jeremy Messmer
Side by Side by Sondheim
Hapgood Theatre Company

ENSEMBLE
The Musical of Musicals
Masquers Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN
Nicholas Torre
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Ted V. Bigornia
Pat King
The Musical of Musicals
Masquers Playhouse

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Margery Fairchild
Eleanor
Dark Porch Theatre & DIVAfest

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Bonni Suval
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Leigh Crow
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Eric Tyson Wertz
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

PRODUCTION
The Musical of Musicals
Masquers Playhouse

SPECIALTIES
John LeFan (Choreographer)
Vice Palace
Thrillpeddlers

PLAYS
AT VENUES OF 99 SEATS OR LESS

COSTUME DESIGN
Ann Kuchins
Death of a Salesman
The Pear Avenue Theatre

Tammara Plankers
Jacki Medernach
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Masquers Playhouse

DIRECTION
Richard Harder
Master Harold and the Boys
Off Broadway West Theatre Company

ENSEMBLE
Pelleas & Melisande
Cutting Ball Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN
Christian Mejia
Alexander Sanchak
Into the Clear Blue Sky
Sleepwalkers Theatre

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Geoff Hoyle
Geezer
The Marsh

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Michelle Ianiro
Clue
Boxcar Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Ann Kendrick
Driving Miss Daisy
Diablo Actors' Ensemble

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Paul Stout
Indulgences in the Louisville Harem
Off Broadway West Theatre Company

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
L. Peter Callender
Driving Miss Daisy
Diablo Actors' Ensemble

Don DeMico
Death of a Salesman
The Pear Avenue Theatre

Michael Phillis
Wish We Were Here
New Conservatory Theatre Center

D.C. Scarpelli
The Mystery of Irma Vep
Masquers Playhouse

PRODUCTION
Pelleas & Melisande
Cutting Ball Theater

SET DESIGN
Nick A. Olivero
Clue
Boxcar Theatre

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Geoff Hoyle
Geezer
The Marsh

SOUND DESIGN
eO
Yes Sweet Can
Sweet Can Productions

Nathan Liveley
Clue
Boxcar Theatre

SPECIALTIES
Wesley Cabral (Video & Projection Designer)
Pelleas & Melisande
Cutting Ball Theater

MUSICALS
AT VENUES OF 100 TO 300 SEATS

COSTUME DESIGN
Christine Crook
Beardo
Shotgun Players

DIRECTION
Jason Hoover
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

ENSEMBLE
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN
Cathie Anderson
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

MUSICAL DIRECTION
David Möschler
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Jason Craig
Beardo
Shotgun Players

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Lisa-Marie Newton
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Anna Ishida
Beardo
Shotgun Players

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Gregory Sottolano
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Ashkon Davaran
Beardo
Shotgun Players

PRODUCTION
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

SET DESIGN
Maya Linke
Assassins
Ray of Light Theatre

SOUND DESIGN
Brendan West
Beardo
Shotgun Players

SPECIALTIES
Chris Black (Choreographer)
Beardo
Shotgun Players

PLAYS
AT VENUES OF 100 TO 300 SEATS

COSTUME DESIGN
Lindsay W. Davis
The Lily's Revenge
Magic Theatre

Callie Floor
Seven Guitars
Marin Theatre Company

DIRECTION
Mark Jackson
Metamorphosis
Aurora Theatre Company

ENSEMBLE
Seven Guitars
Marin Theatre Company

LIGHTING DESIGN
Kurt Landisman
Seven Guitars
Marin Theatre Company

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
David Farr
Gisli Orn Gardarsson
Metamorphosis(Adaptation)
Aurora Theatre Company

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Omoze Idehenre
Seven Guitars
Marin Theatre Company

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Charles Dean
A Delicate Balance
Aurora Theatre Company

Craig Marker
The Glass Menagerie
Marin Theatre Company

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Susi Damilano
Harper Regan
SF Playhouse

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Alexander Crowther
Metamorphosis
Aurora Theatre Company

PRODUCTION
Metamorphosis
Aurora Theatre Company

SET DESIGN
Nina Ball
Metamorphosis
Aurora Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN
Matthew Stines
Metamorphosis
Aurora Theatre Company

SPECIALTIES
Stef Baldwin
Cher Simnitt (Doll Designers)
Reborning
SF Playhouse

MUSICALS
AT VENUES OVER 300 SEATS

COSTUME DESIGN
Beaver Bauer
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

DIRECTION
Jason Moore
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

ENSEMBLE
Seussical: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN
Robert Wierzel
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Tal Ariel
Seussical: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Jeff Whitty
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Rebecca Pingree
Seussical: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Nandi Drayton
Seussical: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Marcus Klinger
Hairspray
Contra Costa Musical Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Jason Hite
Hairspray
Contra Costa Musical Theatre

PRODUCTION
Seussical: The Musical
Berkeley Playhouse

SET DESIGN
Douglas W. Schmidt
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

SOUND DESIGN
John Shivers
Tales of the City
American Conservatory Theater

SPECIALTIES
Jennifer Perry (Choreographer)
Hairspray
Contra Costa Musical Theatre

PLAYS
AT VENUES OVER 300 SEATS

COSTUME DESIGN
Paloma H. Young
Titus Andronicus
California Shakespeare Theater

DIRECTION
Jonathan Moscone
Candida
California Shakespeare Theater

ENSEMBLE
The Dresser
San Jose Repertory Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN
Alexander V. Nichols
Clybourne Park
American Conservatory Theater

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
Bill Cain
How to Write a New Book for the Bible
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Carla Duren
Ruined
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Zainab Jah
Ruined
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A FEMALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
Tonye Patano
Ruined
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Rob Campbell
Titus Andronicus
California Shakespeare Theater

PERFORMANCE BY A MALE ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE
James Carpenter
Titus Andronicus
California Shakespeare Theater

PRODUCTION
Ruined
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

SET DESIGN
J.B. Wilson
Clementine in the Lower Nine
TheatreWorks

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno: Life Without Makeup
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

SOUND DESIGN
Will McCandless
Candida
California Shakespeare Theater

SPECIALTIES
Randy Duncan (Choreographer)
Ruined
Berkeley Repertory Theatre

TOURING PRODUCTION
The Wild Bride
Berkeley Repertory Theatre & Kneehigh Theatre Company

For more information about the Critics Circle, visit www.sfbatcc.org.