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

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11 Apr 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



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