San Jose Rep Receives 22 SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award Nominations

San Jose Repertory Theatre received a total of 22 nominations in the large theatre category (venues over 300 seats) from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle (SFBATCC) for outstanding productions during 2011. San Jose Rep Artistic Director Rick Lombardo received three best director nominations for his work on the world premiere of Love in American Times, the theatrical classic The Dresser and the musical Spring Awakening.

"I'm so pleased and proud of all our artists whose hard work made these 22 nominations for our productions in 2011 possible," said Lombardo. "I'm blessed to work with such a talented extended family that created a year of memorable works of theatre for our patrons."

In the Musical category for venues over 300 seats, Spring Awakening, choreographed by Sonia Tayeh of television's So You Think You Can Dance, received 11 nominations for entire production, ensemble, principal female (Eryn Murman), principal male (both Miguel Cervantes and Jason Hite), director (one of three director nominations received by Rick Lombardo), musical director (Dolores Duran-Cefalu), set design (John Iacovelli), lighting design (David Lee Cuthbert), costume design (Rachel Meyers), and sound design (Steve Schoenbeck).  

In the Drama category, Love in American Times, a world premiere by Philip Kan Gotanda, received four nominations, The Dresser garnered five nominations, and A Christmas Carol and The Last Romance each received one nomination.

Veteran actress Kitty Winn, who co-starred with Al Pacino in The Panic in Needle Park, received a nomination for principal female in The Last Romance.  San Jose native Linda Park, best known for her role as communications officer Hoshi Sato in the television series Star Trek: Enterprise, received a nomination for principal female in Love in American Times.

Along with a number of nominations for acting and directing, the San Jose Rep received a total of seven nominations for set design, costume design, lighting design, and sound design.   

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle consists of local critics and has been granting awards annually in the categories of dramas and musicals for over 30 years. The public is invited to join the Critics Circle in recognizing and applauding the talented theatre artists who entertain and educate local audiences year round. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon Street, San Francisco (free parking). Doors open at 7:00 pm for a reception with light refreshments and the awards begin at 8:00 pm. Dress is business casual to formal.

List of San Jose Repertory Theatre 2011 SFBATCC nominations:

1. Drama (venues over 300 seats)

Director: Rick Lombardo, Love in American Times
Director: Rick Lombardo, The Dresser
Ensemble: The Dresser
Featured – Male: Marvin Green, A Christmas Carol
Featured – Male: Craig Marker, Love in American Times
Principal – Female: Linda Park, Love in American Times
Principal – Female: Kitty Winn, The Last Romance
Principal – Male: James Carpenter, The Dresser
Set Design:  Kent Dorsey, The Dresser
Set Design: Robin Sanford Roberts, Love in American Times
Sound Design: Steve Schoenbeck, The Dresser

2. Musical (venues over 300 seats)

Costume Design: Rachel Myers, Spring Awakening
Director: Rick Lombardo, Spring Awakening
Ensemble: Spring Awakening
Entire Production: Spring Awakening
Lighting Design: David Lee Cuthbert, Spring Awakening
Musical Director: Dolores Duran-Cefalu, Spring Awakening
Principal – Female: Eryn Murman, Spring Awakening
Principal – Male: Miguel Cervantes, Spring Awakening
Principal – Male: Jason Hite, Spring Awakening
Set Design: John Iacovelli, Spring Awakening
Sound Design: Steve Schoenbeck, Spring Awakening

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