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Geffen Playhouse's 'The Country House' (above) won outstanding play in a large theatre

“Theatre is a terrible way to make a living, but a wonderful way to be alive,” announced Amanda McRaven as she was presented with her best director Ovation Award at a ceremony held at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse on Sunday, Nov. 2. (McRaven tied with Guillermo Cienfuegos for  play directing.)

McRaven’s remark was a common theme running throughout the night, as the best in Southern California theatre was honored and winners spoke about their passion for the often under appreciated L.A. theatre scene. Presented by the L.A. Stage Alliance, the event was co-hosted by “Scandal” co-stars Katie Lowes and Kate Burton.

The full list of winners:

Best Season: Fountain Theatre

Outstanding Play (Large Theatre): “The Country House,” Geffen Playhouse

Outstanding Play (Intimate Theatre): “The Recommendation,” IAMA Theatre Company

Outstanding Musical (Large Theatre): “Floyd Collins,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Outstanding Musical (Intimate Theatre): “110 In the Shade,” Actors Co-op

Presented Production: “Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty,” Center Theatre Group

Playwright of an Original Play: Meghan Brown, “The Pliant Girls,” Fugitive Kind Theater

Ensemble of a Play: “The Country House,” Geffen Playhouse

Ensemble of a Musical: “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Lead Actor in a Musical: James Barbour, “Les Misérables,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Lead Actor in a Play: Malcolm Barrett, “The Recommendation,” IAMA Theatre Company

Lead Actress in a Musical: Nicole Parker, “Funny Girl,” 3-D Theatricals

Lead Actress in a Play: Deborah Strang, “Come Back, Little Sheba,” A Noise Within

Featured Actor in a Musical: Leigh Wakeford, “The Producers,” 3-D Theatricals

Featured Actor in a Play: Hugo Armstrong, “Backyard,” the Echo Theater Company

Featured Actress in a Musical: Tracy Lore, “Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein,” Musical Theatre West

Featured Actress in a Play: Rebecca Gray, “Fireman,” The Echo Theater Company

Director of a Musical:  Richard Israel, “Floyd Collins,” La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts

Director of a Play: Guillermo Cienfuegos, “Henry V,” Pacific Resident Theatre

Director of a Play: Amanda McRaven, “The Pliant Girls,” Fugitive Kind Theater

Music Direction: Sherrie Maricle, “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Lyrics/Composition for a World Premiere Musical: Ross Golan, “The Wrong Man,” Skylight Theatre Company

Book of an Original Musical: Ross Golan, “The Wrong Man,” Skylight Theatre Company

Choreographer: Kelly Todd, “Lysistrata Jones,” Chance Theater

Lighting Design (Intimate Theatre): Jeremy Pivnick, “Everything You Touch,” The Theatre @ Boston Court

Lighting Design (Large Theatre): Peter Kaczorowski, “The Country House,” Geffen Playhouse

Costume Design  (Intimate Theatre): Jenny Foldenauer, “Everything You Touch,” The Theatre @ Boston Court

Costume Design (Large Theatre):  Michael Krass, “Parfumerie,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Scenic Design (Intimate Theatre): Jeff McLaughlin, “Pray To Ball,” Skylight Theatre Company

Scenic Design (Large Theatre):  Allen Moyer,  “Parfumerie,” Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Sound Design (Intimate Theatre): John Zalewski, “Everything You Touch,” The Theatre @ Boston Court

Sound Design (Large Theatre): Richard Woodbury, “Slowgirl,” Geffen Playhouse

Video Designer: Adam Flemming, Michael Hoy, “The Wrong Man,” Skylight Theatre Company

Ovation Honors (Fight Choreography):  Ahmed Best, “Backyard,” The Echo Theater Company

Ovation Honors (Composition for a Play): Dave Robbins, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Actors’ Gang

Ovation Honors (Puppet Design): Michelle Zamora, “Roald Dahl’s The Magic Finger,” MainStreet Theatre Company

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