The awards presentation, which consisted of a three-act show with two intermissions, featured a different format than previous years, including a less formal atmosphere with shorter acceptance speeches.
Acceptance speeches were limited to 30 seconds, and local performers Sam Ludwig, Rachel Zampelli and Ashleigh King sang winners off the stage when they had hit the limit.
Winners included Round House Theatre’s Glengarry Glen Ross, which won Outstanding Director, Resident Play, going to Mitchell Hébert; The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play, which went to Rick Foucheux; and Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play .
The Kennedy Center’s The Book of Mormon was honored with Outstanding Supporting Performer, Visiting Production, which went to Samantha Marie Ware; Outstanding Lead Actor, Visiting Production , which went to Christopher John O'Neill; and Outstanding Visiting Production.
Hello, Dolly!, which was presented by Ford's Theatre and Signature Theatre, won Outstanding Choreography, Resident Musical, which went to Karma Camp; and Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Musical. It tied with Olney Theatre Center's A Chorus Line for Outstanding Resident Musical. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's production of Aaron Posner's Stupid F*cking Bird, which had received eight nominations, won Outstanding Resident Play and Outstanding New Play or Musical.
The Washington Post, in partnership with the Helen Hayes Awards, presented the award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community to Adele Robey and Julia Robey Christian, co-founders of the Anacostia Playhouse.
More information and a complete list of winners can be found by visiting theatrewashington.org.