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 crixawards2013@gmail.com, 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

Writing (Adaptation)
Stephen Sachs, Cyrano, The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre at The Fountain Theatre
Troubadour Theater Company, Two Gentlemen of Chicago, Troubadour Theater Company at Falcon Theatre

Musical Score
Ryan Johnson, Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, Sacred Fools Theater Company at Sacred Fools Theater.
Jon Kaplan & Al Kaplan, Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment at The Hayworth Theatre
Robert Lopez, Matt Stone, and Trey Parker, The Book of Mormon, Anne Garefino and Scott Rudin at Pantages Theatre
Lori Scarlett (music and lyrics) and David Manning (music), Justin Love, David Elzer, Peter Schneider, and Justin Rush Productions, LLC, in association with Celebration Theatre at Celebration Theatre
Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns, Bad Apples, Circle X Theatre at Atwater Village Theatre

Music Direction
Michael Borth, 42nd Street, Musical Theatre West at The Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Eric Heinly, A Christmas Westside Story, Troubadour Theater Company at Falcon Theatre
Gregory Nabours, The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre
Stephen Oremus, The Book of Mormon, Anne Garefino and Scott Rudin at Pantages Theatre

Choreography
Christopher Gattelli, Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment at The Hayworth Theatre
Bill T. Jones, Fela!, Center Theatre Group, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Fela Broadway LLC in association with The National Theatre of Great Britain at Ahmanson Theatre
Tina Kronis, The Treatment, The Theatre @ Boston Court in Collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar at The Theatre @ Boston Court
Janet Roston, The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre

Direction
Michael Arabian, Waiting for Godot, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum
Shirley Jo Finney, In the Red and Brown Water, The Fountain Theatre
Christopher Gattelli, Silence! The Musical, Theater Mogul/Oskar Eiriksson and MagicSpace Entertainment at The Hayworth Theatre
Simon Levy, Cyrano, The Fountain Theatre and Deaf West Theatre at The Fountain Theatre
Kent Nicholson, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, South Coast Repertory
Ron OJ Parson, Jitney, South Coast Repertory's production at The Pasadena Playhouse
Elissa Weinzimmer, Tape, Identity Productions at ArtWorks Theatre and Theatre Asylum

Set Design
Edward E. Haynes Jr., Fraternity, Ebony Repertory Theatre at Nate Holden Performing Arts Center
John Iacovelli, Waiting for Godot, Center Theatre Group at Mark Taper Forum
David Mauer and Hazel Kuang, Dirty Filthy Love Story, Rogue Machine at Theatre/ Theater
Desma Murphy, The Water's Edge, The Road Theatre Company at Historic Lankershim Arts Center

Lighting Design
Lap Chi Chu, The Convert, Center Theatre Group at Kirk Douglas Theatre
Paule Constable (original) and Karen Spahn (additional and adaptation), War Horse, Center Theatre Group, Bob Boyett, National Theatre of Great Britain, Ostar Productions and Ken Gentry at Ahmanson Theatre
Jeremy Pivnick, Bad Apples, Circle X Theatre at Atwater Village Theatre
Dan Weingarten, No Good Deed, Furious Theatre Company at [Inside] the Ford

Costume Design
Angela Balogh Calin, Cymbeline, A Noise Within
Ellen McCartney, The Treatment, The Theatre @ Boston Court in Collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar at The Theatre @ Boston Court
VAl Miller, Heartbreak House, Theatricum Botanicum
Leah Piehl, Intimate Apparel, The Pasadena Playhouse

Sound Design
Ben Williams, Gatz, Elevator Repair Service at REDCAT
John Zalewski, Macbeth, The Antaeus Company at Deaf West Theatre
John Zalewski, The Treatment, The Theatre @ Boston Court in Collaboration with Theatre Movement Bazaar at The Theatre @ Boston Court

CGI/Video
Anthony Beckman and Ben Rock, Stoneface, The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton, Sacred Fools Theater Company at Sacred Fools Theater
Tei Blow, In Paris, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Dmitry Krymov Laboratory, The AG Foundation in association with the Korjaamo Culture Factory at The Broad Stage
Greg Sowizdrzal, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, The Geffen Playhouse and Hershey Felder at The Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse
Jason H. Thompson, No Good Deed, Furious Theatre Company at [Inside] the Ford

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles. The 2012 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, LA Weekly; ArtsBeatLA.com
F. Kathleen Foley, Los Angeles Times
Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers; stagehappenings.com
Hoyt Hilsman, Back Stage, The Huffington Post
Mayank Keshaviah, LA Weekly
Amy Lyons, Back Stage, LA Weekly
Dany Margolies, ArtsinLA.com
Terry Morgan, LAist.com; Daily Variety
Steven Leigh Morris. LA Weekly
David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times, Back Stage
Sharon Perlmutter, TalkinBroadway.com
Melinda Schupmann, Back Stage; ShowMag.com; ArtsinLA.com
Madeleine Shaner, Park La Brea News/Beverly Press; Back Stage
Les Spindle, Frontiers; Theatremania; EDGE LA
Bob Verini, Daily Variety; ArtsinLA.com
NeAl Weaver, LA Weekly; Back Stage

The LADCC is pleased to welcome FootLights Publishing, Inc. as consultants on this year's awards events. The mission of FootLights is to illuminate the theatre community, providing greater access to a more diverse public while at the same time offering insight into the production and process of theatre.

The LADCC expresses its gratitude to Los Angeles Theatre Center and Latino Theatre Company for their warm welcome and many courtesies.

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