Dullea & Kelley IT Outstanding Actor Nominees for 'Strings'

The Open Book in association with the New York Innovative Theatre Awards is pleased to announce the nomination of two of its performers, Keir Dullea and Warren Kelly, as nominees for Outstanding Actors in a Leading Role in its production of Strings, a play of elegant, cutting-edge physics thoroughly entangled with deeply familiar, and unruly, human pain, passion, and desire written by Carole Buggé, directed by Marvin Kaye, which was presented at 78th Street Theatre Lab in December 2006.

The 2007 3rd Annual IT Awards Ceremony, hosted by Julie Halston, will be held on Monday, September 24 at the Haft Auditorium at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Among the presenters are Christine C. Quinn, the City Council speaker; the lighting designer Natasha Katz (Tarzan, The Little Mermaid); and the director Leigh Silverman (Well).

The IT Awards are given annually to honor individuals and organizations who have achieved artistic excellence in Off-Off-Broadway theatre. The New York IT Awards recognizes the unique and essential role Off-Off-Broadway plays in contributing to American and global culture, and believes that publicly recognizing excellence in Off-Off-Broadway theatre will expand audience awareness and appreciation of the full New York theatre experience. Website: www.nyitawards.com

Nominee Keir Dullea, best known for his role as Commander Dave Bowman in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, has starred in twenty-four motion pictures, winning a Golden Globe Award for his role in Frank Perry's David & Lisa.  Keir's other films include Madame X, The Hoodlum Priest, Otto Preminger's Bunny Lake is Missing with Laurence Olivier, and The Fox, an adaptation of the D.H. Lawrence novella, with Sandy Dennis.  Keir made his Broadway debut in Ira Levin's Dr. Cook's Garden, created the role of the blind man in Butterflies Are Free, and played the role of Brick in the Broadway revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Elizabeth Ashley. Also on Broadway, he appeared in P.S., Your Cat Is Dead and Doubles. In London's West End he starred opposite Lee Remick in the British premiere of Bus Stop.

Warren Kelley is a veteran of well over 175 productions in regional theatres around the country including Moonlight and Magnolias at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati and Elvis and Juliet at The Abington Theatre Co.  Warren's television and film appearances include the soon-to-be-released Stealing Martin Lane (with Dylan Baker), "Law and Order: SVU" and "Chappelle's Show."

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