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2020 AUDELCO Nominations Announced

Those who will be recognized with special awards include André De Shields and Voza Rivers, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

2020 AUDELCO Nominations Announced

The 48th Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards will occur virtually on Monday, November 30, 2020 at 7pm and will be hosted by Roger Guenveur Smith, the AUDELCO award winning actor, best known for his "The Huey P. Newton Story" and as Smiley in Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing"!

Check the AUDELCO website for more details at www.audelco.org

Those who will be recognized with special awards: Vinie Burrows and Robert Hooks will receive the Legacy Award; André De Shields and Voza Rivers will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award; Vivian Reed and Oz Scott will be given the Pioneer Award; Tina Fabrique and Blair Underwood will receive Outstanding Achievement Award and Kara Young will receive a Special Achievement Award.

The nominations for this year's AUDELCO Awards, which recognizes excellence in Black Theatre have been announced and they reflect the best and the brightest from the 2019-2020 theatre season, which was abruptly ceased due to COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic the theatre community managed to present 26 productions which made the nomination list.

The production "STEW" presented by Page 73 Productions, tops the list with a record nine nominations. The play by Zora Howard is up for best play; playwright, Zora Howard; director of a play, Colette Robert, lead actress in a play, Portia; featured actress in a play, Toni Lachelle Pollitt and Nikkole Salter; lighting design, Stacey Derosier; set design, Lawrence E. Moton III and costume design, Dominique Fawn Hill.

Two very different productions tie with eight nominations. The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn presented "Reparations." It is up for best play; director of a play, Michele Shay; lead actor in a play, Kamal Bolden; featured actress in a play, Lisa Arrindell; lighting design, David Moodey; set design, Isabel Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay; costume design, Niiamar Felder; and sound design, David Wright. The musical, "The Dark Star of Harlem: The Spectacular Rise of Josephine Baker" produced by Glynn Borders and La Mama ETC is nominated for best musical; outstanding musical director, Mario E. Sprouse; director of a musical, Tai Thompson; choreographer, Kim Grier Martinez; lead actress in a musical, Iris Beaumier; featured actor in a musical, James A. Pierce III; set design, Joshua Warner and costume design, Raymond Pizarro.

Manhattan Theatre Club presented the drama, "The New Englanders" a play that came away with seven nominations. Nominated for best play; playwright, Jeff Augustin; director of a play, Saheem Ali; lead actor in a play, Teagle F. Bougere; lead actress in a play, Kara Young; lighting design, Alan C. Edwards; and sound design, Palmer Hefferan.

The Keen Company "Blues for an Alabama Sky" also earned seven nominations. It is nominated for best revival of a play; director of a play, La Williams; lead actor in a play, John-Andrew Morrison; lead actress in a play, Alfie Fuller; featured actor in a play, Khiry Walker and Sheldon Woodley and costume design, Asa Benally.

The Public Theatre, MCC Theater is nominated for six AUDELCOs for "The Wrong Man". The musical is up for best musical; director of a musical, Thomas Kail; outstanding musical director, Alex Lacamoire; choreographer, Travis Wall; lead actor in a musical, Joshua Henry; and featured actor in a musical, Ryan Vasquez.

The Public Theatre's revival of "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf" is up for five nominations for best revival of a play; outstanding musical director, Deah Love Harriott; outstanding musical composer, Martha Redbone; choreographer, Camille A. Brown and costume design, Toni-Leslie James.

The New Group's production "One in Two", written by Donja R. Love, received five nominations for best play; outstanding ensemble performance, Jamyl Dobson, Leland Fowler and Edward Mawere; playwright, Donja R. Love; director of a play, Stevie Walker-Webb and lighting design, Cha See.

Five productions come in with four nominations each. "Broadbend, Arkansas", presented by the Transport Group was a poignant musical that featured extraordinary and diverse performances by two cast members who portrayed many different characters. It is nominated for best musical; director of a musical, Jack Cummings, III, lead actor in a musical, Justin Cunningham and lead actress in a musical, Danyel Fulton. "Bars and Measures" presented by Urban Stages is nominated for outstanding Ensemble Performance-Shabazz Green, Roderick Lawrence, Abraham Makany, Salma Shaw; outstanding musical composer, Justin Ellington; playwright, Idris Goodwin and sound design, David Lawson. "Leaving the Blues" presented by TOSOS is nominated for best play; lead actress in a play, Rosalind Brown; featured actor in a play, Benjamin Mapp and costume design, Ben Philipp. "A Photograph/lovers In Motion" presented by the Negro Ensemble Company is nominated for best revival of a play; outstanding ensemble performance-Nya Bowman, Imana Breaux, Marc Deliz, Mystie Galloway, Adrian Washington; outstanding musical composer, David Murray and choreographer, Leslie Dockery. "Aloft Modulation" presented by the American Vicarious is nominated for featured actor in a play-Charlie Hudson III and Elisha Lawson; set design, Troy Hourie; and sound design, Andy Evan Cohen.

Three nominations were garnered by four theatre companies. Signature Theatre Company, presented a revival of Anna Deavere Smith's "Fires in The Mirror" and it is nominated for solo performance, Michael Benjamin Washington; lighting design, Alan C. Edwards; and sound design, Mikaal Sulaiman. WP Theatre presented the innovative, touching play "Where We Stand" and it has two nominations for it's creator Donnetta Lavinia Grays for playwright and solo performance; Tamilla Woodard is nominated for director of a play. "Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven" presented by Atlantic Theater Company and LAByrinth Theater Company. It is up for best play; lead actress in a play, Liza Colon-Zayas; featured actress in a play, Patrice Johnson Chevannes.

"Sassy Mamas" presented by Black Spectrum Theatre Company is nominated for two AUDELCOs. Best revival of a play; and outstanding Ensemble performance-Jo Ann Cleghorne, Marlon Carter, Niambi Steele, Fulton Hodges, Gha'il Rhodes Benjamin, Travis Whitaker.

Eight productions received single nominations. "American Moor" presented by Red Bull Theater is up for best revival of a play. "Fear" presented by the Lucille Lortel Theatre has a lead actor in a play nomination for Obi Abili. "Run Boy Run & In Old Age" presented by New York Theatre Workshop is nominated for lead actor in a play, Chike Johnson. "Seared" produced by MCC Theater is up for featured actor in a play for W. Tre Davis. "The Black History Museum...According to the United States of America" presented by HERE and Smoke and Mirrors Collaborative is nominated for set design by D'Vaughn Agu. "The Young Man from Atlanta" presented by Signature Theatre Company is nominated for featured actress in a play, Harriet D. Foy. "TJ Loves Sally 4 Ever" presented by JACK is nominated for choreographer for Candace Taylor. "Thurgood" presented by Black Spectrum Theatre Co./bdouglaswade, Inc. is nominated for solo performance, Douglas Wade. "Scotland, PA" presented by Roundabout Theatre is up for lead actress in a musical, Taylor Iman Jones.

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