Ivey and Bryggman Receive Richard Seff Award

Dana Ivey and Larry Bryggman are this year's recipients of Actors' Equity's Richard Seff Award, which was created in 2004 to "honor a female and male character actor, 50 years of age or older, for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production."

Ivey and Bryggman will each receive $1,000 for the honor.  Spamalot's Christian Borle and Brooklyn Boy's Ari Graynor were just announced as the winners of the Clarence Derwent Awards, Actors' Equity's other big award; they will each receive $2,500 and an engraved crystal trophy.

Ivey was chosen as a Seff winner for her critically-acclaimed performance as Mrs. Malaprop in the recent Lincoln Center revival of the classic 18th-century comedy, The Rivals.  Her extensive Broadway credits include and Henry IV, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Major Barbara, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Indiscretions, Sunday in the Park with George, Heartbreak House, Present LaughterMacbeth.  Among her film credits are Legally Blonde 2, Mumford, Simon Birch, Addams Family Values, The Addams Family, Heartburn and The Color Purple.

Bryggman was honored for his performance in the off-Broadway world premiere of David Mamet's Romance, as well as for his portrayal of one of the Twelve Angry Men in the Roundabout Theatre's revival of the classic courtroom drama.  His other Broadway credits include Proof, Picnic, Prelude to a Kiss, King Richard III, The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel and Checking Out.

Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; Patrick Quinn, President of Actors' Equity; David Rosenberg, Back Stage; Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger; Douglas Watt, The Daily News; and Carl Harms comprised the Richard Seff Award panel of judges.  Seff himself is a Septuagenarian multitalent who has acted (End of the World, Herzl), been a Broadway agent, and written plays (Paris is Out!) and musicals (Shine!).

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