Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Nominations for Theatrical Achievement in 2012

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The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) has announced its nominations and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre in 2012. The 44th annual LADCC Awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 18 at historic, heralded Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 S. Spring Street in downtown L.A.

All tickets have been reduced to $30. Tickets can be arranged through [email protected], and PayPal will be accepted prior to March 18. Credit cards will be accepted at the door. Nominees are entitled to a single complimentary ticket, and additional information may be found at www.ladramacriticscircle.com, the Circle's website.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on March 18 for drinks, music, hors d'oeuvres (no full dinner) and conversation, while at a Silent Auction attendees can bid on theatre and film related items. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the auction, please. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m.

Scheduled host French Stewart is a 25-year mainstay of the Los Angeles theatre scene and a notable star of TV and film. Best known for his six seasons co-starring on NBC's 3rd Rock From the Sun, he is a member of Sacred Fools and played the title role in that company's 2012 production of Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, which has received two LADCC nominations.

In recognition of this year's theme, "Theatre Everywhere," representatives of theatre companies based within the geographic beat covered by members of the Circle will join Stewart and Circle members to present awards in 17 competitive categories.

Three already-voted awards will be presented. Plaques will be presented on March 18 to Adrian Kohler with Basil Jones for Handspring Puppet Theatre, in recognition of the design, fabrication, and direction of the puppets of War Horse at the Ahmanson Theatre; and to David McCormick and Kelly Todd for their fight direction of West Side Story at the Chance Theatre in Anaheim. In addition, a special plaque will be awarded to Center Theatre Group for an excellent season.

Six special awards will be presented under the sponsorship of organizations and individuals to whom the LADCC is most grateful.

The 2012 LADCC special award recipients are:

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play will be presented to Evelina Fernández for A Mexican Trilogy, whose world premiere took place at the awards venue, the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish from Samuel French, Inc.

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre will be presented to Celebration Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by FootLights Publishing, Inc.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be presented to The Fountain Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Bob Z Award for sustained achievement in set design will be presented to Stephen
Gifford. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Bitter-Lemons.com.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre will be presented to David O. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by an anonymous donor.

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction will be presented to Elina de Santos. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Beverly Hills Playhouse.

The nominees for the 2012 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence are as follows:

Production
Bad Apples, Tim Wright and Jennifer A. Skinner, Circle X Theatre at Atwater Village Theatre
Cyrano, The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre at The Fountain Theatre
Jitney, South Coast Repertory's production at The Pasadena Playhouse
Justin Love, David Elzer, Peter Schneider, and Justin Rush Productions, LLC, in association with Celebration Theatre at Celebration Theatre
Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment at The Hayworth Theatre
The Book of Mormon, Anne Garefino and Scott Rudin, Pantages Theatre
The Grönholm Method, Baby Tiger Productions, Daniel Wallace and Trish Whitehurst in association with Falcon Theatre at Falcon Theatre
War Horse, Center Theatre Group, Bob Boyett, National Theatre of Great Britain, Ostar Productions and Ken Gentry at Ahmanson Theatre

McCulloh Award for Revival (of shows between 1920 and 1980)
Heartbreak House, Theatricum Botanicum
Waiting for Godot, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum
West Side Story, Chance Theater

Lead Performance
Pascale Armand, The Convert, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Linda Gehringer, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, South Coast Repertory
Rafael Goldstein, Hamlet, Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre
Troy Kotsur, Cyrano, The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre at The Fountain Theatre
Christine Lakin, Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment at The Hayworth Theatre
Alan Mandell, Waiting for Godot, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum
Marco Naggar, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation, Amsterdam, July 27, 1656, West Coast Jewish Theatre at Pico Playhouse
JoBeth Williams, The Fall to Earth, The Odyssey Theatre Ensemble at Odyssey Theatre

Featured Performance
Larry Bates, Jitney, South Coast Repertory's production at The Pasadena Playhouse
William Dennis Hunt, Heartbreak House, Theatricum Botanicum
Lesli Margherita, Man of La Mancha, Musical Theatre West at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Michael A. Newcomer, The Bungler, A Noise Within
Jonica Patella, Hamlet, Zombie Joe's Underground Theater
Charlie Robinson, Jitney, South Coast Repertory's production at The Pasadena Playhouse
Ellis E.Williams, Jitney, South Coast Repertory's production at The Pasadena Playhouse

Ensemble Performance
42nd Street, Musical Theatre West at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center
In the Red and Brown Water, The Fountain Theatre
The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre
The New Electric Ballroom, Rogue Machine at Theatre/Theater
The Savannah Disputation, The Colony Theatre
The Treatment, The Theatre @ Boston Court in Collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar at The Theatre @ Boston Court
Waiting for Godot, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum

Solo Performance
Mona Golabek, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, The Geffen Playhouse and Hershey Felder at The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse
John Hurt, Krapp's Last Tape, Center Theatre Group, Gate Theatre Dublin's production at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Leslie Jordan, Fruit Fly, Celebration Theatre in association with Reaction Productions at Celebration Theatre

Writing
Bill Cain, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, South Coast Repertory
Danai Gurira, The Convert, Center Theatre Group in association with McCarter Theatre Center and Goodman Theatre at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Michael Hollinger, Ghost-Writer, International City Theatre at Long Beach Performing Arts Center
David Ives, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation, Amsterdam, July 27, 1656, West Coast Jewish Theatre at Pico Playhouse
Jim Leonard, Bad Apples, Circle X Theatre at Atwater Village Theatre



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