Saturday, December 31, 2016

SAN DIEGO THEATRE CRITICS CIRCLE 2016


           Craig Noel Award nominees announced.
SAN DIEGO (Jan 1, 2017) ---- More than 90 local and national theatre artists representing 56 San Diego theatrical productions from 20 different producing companies will compete for the 2016 Craig Noel Awards, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle announced today.
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114.
A full list of nominees can be found at the end of this press release.
      Five productions led the list of nominations with six each: “Love’s Labor’s Lost” and “October Sky,” both produced by The Old Globe; the August Wilson repertory of “Seven Guitars” and “King Hedley II,” produced by Cygnet Theatre; “Sunday in the Park with George,” produced by ion theatre at the San Diego Museum of Art; and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” produced by Intrepid Theatre.
     San Diego Musical Theatre’s production of “Ragtime” received five nominations. Productions with four nominations included San Diego Repertory Theatre’s world premiere play “Manifest Destinitis,” ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart” and New Village Arts’ “Oklahoma!”
Individual nominees with multiple nominations
     Individuals scoring multiple nominations were John Lee Beatty, who received scenic design nominations for the world premiere of Ayad Akhtar’s play, “Junk: The Golden Age of Debt," at La Jolla Playhouse and for The Old Globe’s production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost”; Laurence Brown, for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male, for both "Jesus Hates Me" at ion theatre and for "Seven Guitars" at Cygnet Theatre; Sean Fanning, for scenic designs for both the world premiere of "Manifest Destinitis" at San Diego Repertory Theatre and for the August Wilson repertory at Cygnet Theatre; Jennifer Brawn Gittings, for costume designs for both “Manifest Destinitis" and Cygnet Theatre’s production of "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show.”
     Also receiving multiple nominations are Bets Malone, for her solo performance in "Tell Me on a Sunday" at The Broadway Theater and her featured performance in "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show”; Glenn Paris, for co-direction of ion theatre’s “Sunday in the Park with George” and “The Normal Heart”; Jennifer Paredes, for her leading performance in ion theatre’s “Lydia” and her featured performance in InnerMission Productions’ "Seven Spots on the Sun”; Claudio Raygoza, for co-direction and leading performance in ion theatre’s “The Normal Heart;” Colleen Kollar Smith, for outstanding direction of New Village Arts’ “Big River” and for outstanding choreography in Lamb’s Players Theatre’s production “American Rhythm”; Deborah Gilmour Smyth, for her leading performance in Intrepid Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and for her original score for "Equivocation" at Lamb's Players Theatre; and Kim Strassburger, for co-directing “Sunday in the Park with George” and for her featured performance in ion’s “The Normal Heart.”
Production award nominees
     Competing for the Outstanding Resident Musical award will be "Gypsy," produced by Cygnet Theatre, "Lizard Boy," produced by Diversionary Theatre, "October Sky," produced by The Old Globe, "Ragtime," produced by San Diego Musical Theatre, "Sunday in the Park with George," produced by ion theatre, and "Titanic: The Musical," produced by Moonlight Stage Productions.
      Competing for the Outstanding Dramatic Production award will be "Disgraced," produced by San Diego Repertory Theatre, "Love's Labor's Lost," produced by The Old Globe, "The Normal Heart," produced by ion theatre, the August Wilson repertory of "Seven Guitars" and "King Hedley II," produced by Cygnet Theatre, and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," produced by Intrepid Theatre.
     Competing for the Outstanding Touring Production award will be "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical" and "Cabaret," both presented by Broadway/San Diego, "Maestro," presented by San Diego Repertory Theatre, "The Metromaniacs," presented by The Old Globe, and Le Moana’s "1918," presented at the San Diego International Fringe Festival.
Musical and dramatic performances
     In the musical acting categories, the Outstanding Lead Performance, Female, nominees are Carolyn Agan in "Ragtime," Melissa Fernandes in "Sunday in the Park with George," Linda Libby in "Gypsy," Daebreon Poiema in Moonlight Stage Productions’ "Sister Act," and Sharon Rietkerk in The Old Globe’s "Sense and Sensibility.”
     The Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male, nominees are Bryan Barbarin in "Big River," Jacob Brent in the San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television & Film production of "The Drowsy Chaperone," Jack French in "Oklahoma!", Justin Huertas in "Lizard Boy," and Reed Lievers in "Big River.”
     In the dramatic acting categories, the Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female, nominees are Deborah Gilmour Smyth in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Jo Anne Glover in "The Kid Thing," produced by Moxie Theatre, Cashae Monya in "Our Lady of Kibeho," also produced by Moxie Theatre, Jennifer Paredes in "Lydia", and M'Lafi Thompson in "Brownsville Song (b-side for Tray)," produced by Moxie Theatre.
     The Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male, nominees are Richard Baird in "Way Downriver," produced by North Coast Repertory Theatre, Ro Boddie in "Seven Guitars,” Ronobir Lahari in "Disgraced," Claudio Raygoza in "The Normal Heart," and Robert Smyth in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
     The Outstanding Ensemble Award will be presented to the cast of one of the following productions: San Diego Rep’s "Manifest Destinitis"; InnerMission Productions’ "Seminar”; Cygnet’s August Wilson repertory ("Seven Guitars"/"King Hedley II”); Cygnet’s "When the Rain Stops Falling”; and Intrepid’s "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Special awards
     The Critics Circle will also present the annual Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater Company, which includes a cash award from his widow, Yolanda Braunagel; the Outstanding Young Actor & Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship; awards for Actor of the Year, Male and Female, and an inaugural award for Designer of the Year.
     Admission to the ceremony is free. Details can be found at www.sdcriticscircle.org.
                  Nominees for the 2016 Craig Noel Awards:
                             MUSICAL CATEGORIES
Outstanding Music Direction
Charlie Alterman - "October Sky," The Old Globe
Mark  Danisovszky- "Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
Tony Houck – “Oklahoma!" New Village Arts
Don LeMaster - "Ragtime," San Diego Musical Theatre
Elan McMahan – "Titanic, the Musical," Moonlight Stage Productions

Outstanding Choreography
Paul David Bryant - "Ragtime," San Diego Musical Theatre
Jill Gorrie - "42nd Street," San Diego Musical Theatre
Colleen Kollar Smith - "American Rhythm," Lamb's Players Theatre
Ray Limon - "Jesus Christ Superstar," Welk Resort Theatre
Nejla Y. Yatkin - "The Boy Who Danced on Air," Diversionary Theatre

Outstanding Original Score
Deborah Gilmour Smyth - "Equivocation," Lamb's Players Theatre
Peter Golub - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Robert Grossman - "Way Downriver," North Coast Repertory Theatre
Erin McKeown - "Miss You Like Hell," La Jolla Playhouse
Tim Rosser & Charlie Sohne - "The Boy Who Danced on Air," Diversionary Theatre

                                              ACTING CATEGORIES
Outstanding Ensemble
"Manifest Destinitis," San Diego Repertory Theatre
"Seminar," InnerMission Productions
"Seven Guitars"/"King Hedley II," Cygnet Theatre
"When the Rain Stops Falling," Cygnet Theatre
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre



Outstanding Solo Performance
Mike Daisey - "The Trump Card," La Jolla Playhouse
Bets Malone - "Tell Me on a Sunday," The Broadway Theater
Rosina Reynolds - "Golda's Balcony," New Village Arts
Benjamin Scheuer - "The Lion," The Old Globe
Keith A. Wallace - "The Bitter Game," La Jolla Playhouse

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Male
Bryan Barbarin - "Big River," New Village Arts
Jacob Brent - "The Drowsy Chaperone," San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television & Film
Jack French - "Oklahoma!" New Village Arts
Justin Huertas - "Lizard Boy," Diversionary Theatre
Reed Lievers - "Big River," New Village Arts

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Musical, Female
Carolyn Agan - "Ragtime," San Diego Musical Theatre
Melissa Fernandes - "Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
Linda Libby - "Gypsy," Cygnet Theatre
Daebreon Poiema - "Sister Act," Moonlight Stage Productions
Sharon Rietkerk - "Sense and Sensibility," The Old Globe

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Female
Bets Malone - "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show," Cygnet Theatre
Nicole Pryor - "Ragtime," San Diego Musical Theatre
Allison Spratt Pearce - "Gypsy," Cygnet Theatre
Alexandra Slade - "Oklahoma," New Village Arts
Wendy Waddell - "Fiddler on the Roof," Welk Resort Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Musical, Male
Ron Bohmer - "October Sky," The Old Globe
Cornelius Jones Jr. - "Sister Act," Moonlight Stage Productions
Sean Allan Krill - "Sense and Sensibility," The Old Globe
David McBean - "Ruthless! The Musical," Moxie Theatre
Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Male
Richard Baird - "Way Downriver," North Coast Repertory Theatre
Ro Boddie - "Seven Guitars," Cygnet Theatre
Ronobir Lahiri  - "Disgraced," San Diego Repertory Theatre
Claudio Raygoza - "The Normal Heart," ion theatre
Robert Smyth - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play, Female
Deborah Gilmour Smyth - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre
Jo Anne Glover - "The Kid Thing," Moxie Theatre
Cashe Monya - "Our Lady of Kibeho," Moxie Theatre
Jennifer Paredes - "Lydia," ion theatre
M'Lafi Thompson - "Brownsville Song (b-side for Tray)," Moxie Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Male
Laurence Brown - "Jesus Hates Me," ion theatre
Laurence Brown - "Seven Guitars," Cygnet Theatre
Kevin Cahoon - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Ross Hellwig - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre
Antonio TJ Johnson - "Seven Guitars"/King Hedley II," Cygnet Theatre

Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play, Female
Dana Fares - "Airline Highway," ion theatre
Jennifer Paredes - "Seven Spots on the Sun," InnerMission Productions
Erin Petersen - "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre
Kim Strassburger - "The Normal Heart," ion theatre
Jacque Wilke - "Stupid F**king Bird," Cygnet Theatre  DESIGN CATEGORIES

Outstanding Scenic Design
John Lee Beatty - "Junk: The Golden Age of Debt," La Jolla Playhouse
John Lee Beatty - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Kevin Depinet - "October Sky," The Old Globe
Sean Fanning - "Manifest Destinitis," San Diego Repertory Theatre
Sean Fannning - "Seven Guitars"/"King Hedley II," Cygnet Theatre
Mark Wendland - "Rain," The Old Globe

Outstanding Sound Design
Mark Bennett - "Junk: The Golden Age of Debt," La Jolla Playhouse
Charles Coes & Nathan A. Roberts - "tokyo fish story," The Old Globe
Emily Jankowski - "Brownsville Song (b-side for Tray)," Moxie Theatre
Bray Poor - "The Last Match," The Old Globe
Ken Travis - "Rain," The Old Globe

Outstanding Costume Design
Jennifer Brawn Gittings - "Manifest Destinitis," San Diego Repertory Theatre
Jennifer Brawn Gittings - "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show," Cygnet Theatre
Michael Krass - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Janet Turner Pitcher - "Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
Jeanne Reith - "American Rhythm," Lamb's Players Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design
Howell Binkley - "Hollywood," La Jolla Playhouse
Wen-Ling Liao - "The Boy Who Danced on Air," Diversionary Theatre
Jason Lyons - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Nathan Peirson - "The Miracle Worker," Lamb's Players Theatre
Ben Stanton - "Junk: The Golden Age of Debt," La Jolla Playhouse
Japhy Weideman - "October Sky," The Old Globe

Outstanding Projection Design
Jonathan Infante - "Titanic, The Musical," Moonlight Stage Productions
Tara Knight - "Hollywood," La Jolla Playhouse
Blake McCarty - "Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
Michael McKeon - "Woody Guthrie's American Song," Intrepid Theatre
Shawn Sagady - "October Sky," The Old Globe

                DIRECTING CATEGORIES
Outstanding Direction of a Play
Rob Lutfy - "When the Rain Stops Falling," Cygnet Theatre
Kathleen Marshall - "Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
Jennifer Nelson - "Seven Guitars"/"King Hedley II," Cygnet Theatre
Glenn Paris & Claudio Raygoza - "The Normal Heart," ion theatre
Christy Yael-Cox, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Direction of a Musical

Stephen Brotebeck - "The Drowsy Chaperone," SDSU School of Theatre, TV & Film
Barbara Gaines - "Sense and Sensibility," The Old Globe
Colleen Kollar Smith - "Big River," New Village Arts
Sean Murray - "Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show," Cygnet Theatre
Glenn Paris & Kim Strassburger - "Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
                                             
                   PRODUCTION CATEGORIES
Outstanding New Play
"Damascus" by Bennett Fisher - Wagner New Play Festival, University of California, San Diego
"Junk: The Golden Age of Debt" by Ayad Akhtar, La Jolla Playhouse
"The Last Match" by Anna Ziegler, The Old Globe
"The Last Tiger in Haiti" by Jeff Augustin, La Jolla Playhouse
"Manifest Destinitis" by Herbert Siguenza, San Diego Repertory Theatre

Outstanding Touring Production
"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical," Broadway/San Diego
"Cabaret," Broadway/San Diego
"Maestro," 88 Entertainment at San Diego Repertory Theatre
"The Metromaniacs," The Old Globe
"1918" - Le Moana, San Diego International Fringe Festival

Outstanding Dramatic Production
"Disgraced," San Diego Repertory Theatre
"Love's Labor's Lost," The Old Globe
"The Normal Heart," Ion Theatre
"Seven Guitars"/"King Hedley II," Cygnet Theatre
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," Intrepid Theatre

Outstanding Resident Musical
"Gypsy," Cygnet Theatre
"Lizard Boy," Diversionary Theatre
"October Sky," The Old Globe
"Ragtime," San Diego Musical Theatre
"Sunday in the Park with George," ion theatre
"Titanic: The Musical," Moonlight Stage Productions

                       SPECIAL CATEGORIES
 Winners to be announced from the stage.
Outstanding Young Artist Award & Sandra Ellis-Troy Scholarship
Don Braunagel Award for Outstanding Work by a Small Theater
Actor of the Year, Male
Actor of the Year, Female
Designer of the Year


Founded in 1983 and re-established in 2002, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is an independent, nonprofit organization of print and online theater critics dedicated to open and honest dialogue about theatre in San Diego County and to honoring artistic excellence. The members of our organization are professional critics writing for daily newspapers, magazines, alternative weeklies, entertainment trade publications, broadcast media, and Web sites in San Diego County. The Circle’s annual awards for outstanding San Diego theatre are named for Craig Noel, founder and longtime artistic director of The Old Globe.

Big Date: Feb 6th 2017
Organization: San Diego Theatre Critics Circle
Production Type: Gala Affair
Where: 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114.
Ticket Prices: Free
Venue: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

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