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Passage Theatre Wins 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play

Passage Theatre (June Ballinger, Artistic Director; Damion A. Parran, Managing Director), Trenton's only professional theater, won the 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play for last season's runaway hit Little Rock. The awards, which honor excellence in theatre, was presented on November 2, by Theatre Philadelphia.

"As we celebrate Passage Theatre's 30th Anniversary Season, we are thrilled to be recognized with this award," said Artistic Director June Ballinger. "This award is an incredible tribute to the cast and crew of Little Rock for all of their superb work and to our loyal audience members who have supported the work of Passage over the years."

Told in music and memory, Little Rock, written and directed by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj, is the courageous story of the nine black students who fought for integration at Little Rock Central High School in 1957.

The award-winning ensemble for the Passage Theatre's 2015 world premiere of Little Rock featured Adiagha Faizah, Shabass Green, Annie Grier, Bliss Griffin, Gia McGlone, Damian Norfleet, Brad Ogden, Jon L. Peacock and Brandon Rubin.

The production team included German Cardenas-Alaminos (scenic design), Douglas Cox (lighting design), Robin I. Shane (costume design), Bill Kirby (sound design), Christian Lee Branch (musical director), Adam Mace assistant director/fight director), Steve Howe (production manager), Chelsea Adams (resident casting director) and Rocco Terranova (production stage manager).

Passage Theatre Company is committed to the creation and production of socially relevant new plays and community devised arts programming that transforms the lives of individuals and community.

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Passage Theatre's 2015-16 season continues with Solo Flights Festival, March 3 through 20, and concludes with Bruce Graham's fearless and incisive play. White Guy on the Bus May 5 through 22.

Passage Theatre extends its thanks to all of its funders, especially the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the NEA: The National Endowment on the Arts; the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; The City of Trenton; WIMG 1300; The Curtis McGraw Foundation; PNC Bank; The Bunbury Company, Inc.; The Garfield Foundation; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; The Shubert Foundation; and Mary G. Roebling Foundation.

Little Rock was produced in association with Rebel Theatrical Management, LLC.

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