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Harris stars at Boston’s Norton Awards

Critic emeritus Norton also in attendance at kudos ceremony

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — Actress Julie Harris, who lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and currently is being showered with awards including an upcoming special lifetime achievement Tony Award, was the guest of honor May 20 at Boston’s 20th annual Elliot Norton Awards presentations. The other special guest at the ceremony was Boston critic emeritus Norton himself, who was 99 on May 17.

Among the awardees were actress Barbara Meek, Norton Prize for sustained excellence; American Repertory Theater founding artistic director Robert Brustein, 20th-anniversary award; Michael Wilson’s Hartford Stage production of “The Glass Menagerie,” presented in Cambridge, Mass., by the ART, named outstanding visiting production; Oskar Eustis’s Trinity Repertory Co. production in Providence, R.I., of “Homebody/Kabul,” outstanding production by a large resident company; and Steven Maler’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. production in Boston of “Twelfth Night,” outstanding production by a small resident company.

Other awards went to Nancy Curran Willis and Jason Southerland’s Boston Theater Works’s “The Laramie Project,” production by a local fringe company; French actress Catherine Samie in Frederick Wiseman’s production of “The Last Letter” at Cambridge’s Market Theater, solo perf; Susan Stroman’s touring “Contact” for Broadway in Boston at the Colonial Theater, musical production by a large company; and Spiro Veloudos’ “Sunday in the Park With George” for Boston’s Lyric Stage Co., musical production by a small company.

Also: Nicholas Martin, director, large company, for his Huntington Theater Co. “Betty’s Summer Vacation;” Carmel O’Reilly, director, small company, for “The Lonesome West” and “Bailegangaire,” Sugan Theater Co.; Alexander Dodge, set design, “Twelfth Night” (Commonwealth Shakespeare) and “Heartbreak House” (Huntington); Gail Astrid Buckley, costume design, “Curse of the Bambino” (Lyric Stage), “Much Ado About Nothing” (Publick Theater), “Twelfth Night” (Commonwealth Shakespeare) and “Shel’s Shorts: Signs of Trouble” (Market Theater).

Also: Andrea Martin, actress, large company, in the Huntington’s “Betty’s Summer Vacation;” Nancy E. Carroll, actress, small company, in the Sugan Theater Co.’s “Bailegangaire”; Simon Russell Beale, actor, large company, in “Hamlet” for Broadway in Boston at the Wilbur Theater; and Robert Pemberton, actor, small company, in “Much Ado About Nothing” (Publick), “Lobby Hero” (Lyric Stage) and playing seven characters in “Shel’s Shorts” (Market).

Young actress Eliza Rose Fichter received a special citation for “her remarkable portrayal of children” in “A Russian Tea Party” (Women on Top Festival/Underground Railway Theater and Centastage Performance Group), “One Flea Spare” (New Repertory Theater), “The Miracle Worker” (Lyric Stage) and “Reason” (Market Theater).