Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Announces Special Award of Achievement to Honor Gordon Davidson

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle is proud to announce a new special award to be presented at its upcoming awards ceremony on March 20: The Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community. The award is sponsored by the Center Theatre Group, where Gordon Davidson served as the founding Artistic Director from 1967 to 2005, and will be presented this year to Pro99.

The LADCC's 48th annual awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Colony Theatre at Burbank Town Center, 555 North 3rd Street, Burbank. (There is ample, free, onsite parking.) All event tickets are $40 and can be purchased at 2017criticsawards.brownpapertickets.com (small service fee applies) or at the door if available. (Purchased tickets will be held at Will Call.) Doors will open at6:30 p.m. for a reception with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. The show will commence at 7:30 p.m. Further information will be found atwww.ladramacriticscircle.com. Inquiries and nominee RSVPs to: criticsawards2017@gmail.com. Wenzel Jones, a co-host on IMRU, the LGBTQI Radio News Magazine on KPFK 90.7, will host the ceremony. Corey Hirsch, recipient of a 2014 LADCC award for A Man of No Importance, will appear as music director for the fourth consecutive year.

One or more plaques will be presented in each of 18 categories. Two of those achievements have already been voted plaques. For Solo Performance, Deborah Puette will be honored for Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, produced by Rogue Machine Theatre. An award for Fight Choreography will be presented to Jen Albert for Punch and Judy, produced by the School of Night at the Ruby Theater at the Complex. In addition, seven special awards will also be presented.

The LADCC special award recipients are as follows:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre will be awarded to Antaeus Theatre Company. The award is accompanied by an honorarium sponsored by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be awarded to Rogue Machine Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play goes to Aliza Goldstein for A Singular They, originally produced by the Blank Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by an anonymous donor.

The Kinetic Lighting Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design goes to lighting designer Jared A. Sayeg. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by Kinetic Lighting.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre goes to Cabrillo Music Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium sponsored by an anonymous donor.

The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction goes to Maria Gobetti. The award is accompanied by an honorarium funded by the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

The LADCC is pleased to announce the creation of a new award, the Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community. Established in honor of the late Gordon Davidson, this award is accompanied by an honorarium sponsored by the Centre Theatre Group and will be presented to Pro99.

The nominees for the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for theatrical excellence in 2015 are as follows:

Production

McCulloh Award for Revival (plays written between 1920 and 1991)


Lead Performance

Featured Performance

Ensemble Performance

Solo Performance

  • Deborah Puette, Captain of the Bible Quiz Team, Rogue Machine Theatre.

Direction

Writing

Musical Score

Music Direction

Choreography

Set Design

CGI/Video Design

Lighting Design

Costume Design

Sound Design

Specialty: Fight Choreography

  • Jen Albert, Punch and Judy, The School of Night, Ruby Theater at the Complex.
  • Specialty: Wigs, Hair and Makeup
  • Rick Geyer, Casa Valentina, The Pasadena Playhouse.
  • Jessica Mills, Cloud 9, Antaeus Theatre Company.


Every effort has been made to ascertain proper credits for our nominees. We regret any errors or omissions. Any that come to our attention will be corrected on our LADCC website, in the event program, and (when applicable) on a recipient's award plaque.

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 2016 membership consisted of:

Pauline Adamek, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw

Paul Birchall, Stage Raw

Katie Buenneke, L.A. Weekly

Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw

Shirle Gottlieb, Gazette Newspapers, StageHappenings.com

Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times

Hoyt Hilsman, The Huffington Post

Deborah Klugman, ArtsBeatLA.com, Stage Raw, LA Weekly

Jenny Lower, Stage Raw, LA Weekly

Jon Magaril, CurtainUp.com

Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group

Myron Meisel, Stage Raw

Terry Morgan, TalkinBroadway.com, Stage Raw

Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw, LA Weekly

David C. Nichols, Los Angeles Times

Melinda Schupmann, ShowMag.com, ArtsInLA.com

Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, ArtsInLA.com

Don Shirley, LA Observed

Les Spindle, EDGE LA

Bob Verini, Variety, ArtsInLA.com, Stage Raw

NeAl Weaver, Stage Raw

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