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Joseph Jefferson Awards     2016

 

   at the Drury Lane Theatre

       by Dan Zeff

Oakbrook Terrace – The usual large and raucous crowd gathered Monday night at the Drury Lane Theatre to watch the Joseph Jefferson Committee give out more than 30 awards for theater excellence for the 2015-2016 season. The winners were culled from 158 Equity productions presented by 58 producing organizations. As testimony to the depth of Chicagoland theater, 112 of those 158 productions were “Jeff Recommended,” which made them eligible for award nominations.

The awards were divided into “midsize” and “large” theater categories. The big winners were the Paramount Theater and the Porchlight Theatre, large and midsized operations respectively. Those two organizations have moved to the forefront of the rich musical theater scene in the metropolitan area. The Paramount won best production honors for ”West Side Story” and the Porchlight got the Jeff statue for its revival of “Dreamgirls.” The two theaters combined for seven Jeffs, but the Chicago Shakespeare theatre staging of “The Tempest” topped all companies with 5 Jeffs, including Best Play.

The ceremony came off in an unusually tight 2 hours and 15 minutes, benefitting from the plea that acceptance speeches be kept short The speeches were the usual mix of endless thank you’s from the winners and speeches that had real passion and humor, like the acceptance speech for the House Theater production of “United Flight 232” and Dexter Zollicoffer’s eloquent comments accepted the Jeff as best actor in a principal role in a play for his performance in “Charm” at the Northlight theater.

The complete list of awards is given below:

2016 Equity Jeff Award Recipients

PRODUCTION – PLAY – LARGE

“The Tempest” - Chicago Shakespeare Theater

PRODUCTION – PLAY – MIDSIZE

“United Flight 232” - The House Theatre of Chicago

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – LARGE

“West Side Story” - Paramount Theatre

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL – MIDSIZE

“Dreamgirls” - Porchlight Music Theatre

DIRECTOR – PLAY

Aaron Posner and Teller - “The Tempest” - Chicago Shakespeare Theater

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL

Rachel Rockwell - “Ride the Cyclone” - Chicago Shakespeare Theater

ENSEMBLE

“United Flight 232” - The House Theatre of Chicago

ACTOR IN A PRINICPAL ROLE – PLAY

Dexter Zollicoffer - “Charm” - Northlight Theatre

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL

Nathaniel Stampley - “Man of La Mancha” - Marriott Theatre

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY

Mary Beth Fisher - “Domesticated” - Steppenwolf Theatre Company

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL

Donica Lynn - “Dreamgirls” - Porchlight Music Theatre

ACTOR OR ACTRESS IN A REVUE

Shari Addison - “Dynamite Divas” - Black Ensemble Theater

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Brian Quijada - “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” - Teatro Vista in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY

Mike Nussbaum - “The Price” - TimeLine Theatre Company

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL

Eric Lewis - “Dreamgirls” - Porchlight Music Theatre

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY

Jacqueline Williams - “The House That Will Not Stand” - Victory Gardens Theater

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL

Mary Antonini - “West Side Story” - Paramount Theatre

NEW WORK

Philip Dawkins - “Charm” - Northlight Theatre

John Reeger, Julie Shannon and Michael Mahler - “The Man Who Murdered Sherlock Holmes”

– Mercury Theater Chicago

NEW ADAPTATION

Robert Falls and Seth Bockley - “2666” - Goodman Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY

William Carlos Angulo - “West Side Story” - Paramount Theatre

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

Diego Colon and Christopher Kriz - “The Grapes of Wrath” - The Gift Theatre

MUSIC DIRECTION

Ryan T. Nelson - “Man of La Mancha” - Marriott Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN – LARGE

Jeffrey D. Kmiec - “Deathtrap” - Drury Lane Productions

SCENIC DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Sarah E. Ross - “The Rainmaker” - American Blues Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN – LARGE

Thom Weaver - “The Tempest” - Chicago Shakespeare Theater

LIGHTING DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Mike Durst - “Adding Machine: A Musical” - The Hypocrites

COSTUME DESIGN – LARGE

Catherine Zuber - “War Paint” - Goodman Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Bill Morey - “Dreamgirls” - Porchlight Music Theatre

SOUND DESIGN – LARGE

André Pluess - “Treasure Island” - Lookingglass Theatre Company and

Berkeley Repertory Theatre

SOUND DESIGN – MIDSIZE

Brian Quijada - “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?” - Teatro Vista in association with the

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Victory Gardens Theater

PROJECTIONS / VIDEO DESIGN

Shawn Sagady - “2666” - Goodman Theatre

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION

Johnny Thompson - Magic Design - “The Tempest” - Chicago Shakespeare Theater


 

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