'Metamorphoses' dominate L.A. Drama awards

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The Center Theatre Group’s production of “Metamorphoses” at the Mark Taper Forum led the way with five awards Sunday at the 32nd annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards, but in the end the smaller legit houses dominated.

Hollywood’s 99-seat Hudson Mainstage Theatre premiere of the original pop opera “bare” took home four nods and the Circle X Theatre Co.’s comedic sendup of almost every gothic film ever made, “In Flagrante Gothicto,” nabbed three, leading the list of small theater winners. Ceremony was held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Of the 30 awards presented for excellence in theater in Los Angeles and Orange counties, 18 were claimed by Equity 99-seat (formerly Equity waiver) houses, with 12 awards bestowed on large or mid-size theaters.

Other multiple winners included the long-running production of “The Lion King” (three) at the Pantages, with Julie Taymor picking up awards for mask and puppet design (shared with Michael Curry) and for costume. Winning two trophies apiece were the Pacific Resident Theatre production of Noel Coward’s “Tonight at 8:30,” the Third Street Theatre Co.’s “Additional Particulars,” the Mark Taper Forum’s production of “Jitney” and the Zephyr Theatre premiere of Del Shore’s “Southern Baptist Sissies.”

The Matrix Theatre’s “Waiting for Godot” also garnered two awards, but for the same role: Gregory Itzen and the late David Dukes alternated as Vladimir, and both were honored with lead performance awards.

“In Flagrante Gothicto” also picked up the annual Ted Schmitt Award, given for the most outstanding new play to premiere during the year. The Long Beach-based Intl. City Theatre, under the artistic direction of Shashin Desai, was honored with the Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater.

Award presenters included Interact Theatre Co. co-founders John Rubenstein and Jane Lanier, Pacific Resident Theatre members Orson Bean and Alley Mills and A Noise Within directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott.

The following is a complete list of recipients of the 2000 LADCC Awards.


And the winners are…

PRODUCTION
“In Flagrante Gothicto,” McCadden Place Theater (Circle X Theatre Co.)
“Metamorphoses,” Mark Taper Forum
“Tonight at 8:30,” Pacific Resident Theatre

DIRECTION
Jillian Armenante, “In Flagrante Gothicto”
Mary Zimmerman, “Metamorphoses”

MUSICAL DIRECTION
Deborah Lurie, “bare,” Hudson Theatre
Mary Van Arsdel, “Tonight at 8:30″

WRITING
Jillian Armenante & Alice Dodd, “In Flagrante Gothicto”
Ronald Harwood, “Taking Sides,” Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
Ed Simpson, “Additional Particulars”

MUSICAL SCORE
Jon Hartmere Jr. (lyrics), Damon Intrabartolo (music), “bare”

LEAD PERFORMANCE
Kirk Baily, “Additional Particulars”
Kathleen Chalfant, “Wit,” Geffen Playhouse
David Dukes, “Waiting for Godot,” Matrix Theatre
Leslie Fera, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”
Travis Michael Holder, “Nasty Little Secrets,” Theatre/Theater
Gregory Itzin, “Waiting for Godot”

FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Stephen McKinley Henderson, “Jitney,” Mark Taper Forum
Jill Hill, “The Skin of Our Teeth”
Leslie Jordan, “Southern Baptist Sissies,” Zephyr Theatre
Ann Walker, “Southern Baptist Sissies”

SCENIC DESIGN
David Gallo, “Jitney”
Daniel Ostling, “Metamorphoses”

LIGHTING DESIGN
T.J. Gerckens, “Metamorphoses”
Donald Holder, “The Lion King,” Pantages Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN
Julie Taymor, “The Lion King” (costume design)
Julie Taymor & Michael Curry, “The Lion King” (mask & puppet design)

SOUND DESIGN
Andre Pluess & Ben Sussman, “Metamorphoses”
Casey Stone, “bare”

CHOREOGRAPHY
Onalee Hunter, “bare”

THE TED SCHMITT AWARD
(World premiere of an outstanding new play, funded by A.S.K. Theatre Projects)
Jillian Armenante & Alice Dodd, “In Flagrante Gothicto,” Circle X Theatre Co.

THE ANGSTROM AWARD
(Lifetime achievement in stage lighting, funded by Angstrom Lighting)
D. Martyn Bookwalter

BOB Z AWARD
(Lifetime achievement in set design, funded by the Fountain Theatre)
John Iacovelli

THE MARGARET HARFORD AWARD
(For sustained excellence in the theater)
Intl. City Theatre, Long Beach

THE NATALIE SCHAFER AWARD
(For an emerging comic actress, funded by the Natalie Schafer Trust)
Carolyn Hennesy

THE POLLY WARFIELD AWARD
(For an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater)
Deaf West Theatre

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