The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle's 43rd Annual Awards Show will take place on Monday, March 19, 2012 at A Noise Within in Pasadena. The show will feature performances from previously-announced hosts Jason Graae (recipient of the 2007 Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre) and Lesli Margherita (nominee for Kiss Me, Kate). In addition, the Awards show will feature the Los Angeles premiere performance of My Husband, by Paul Rudnick, a short play added to the New York production of Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays. Also, Yvette Tucker and Salvatore Vasallo will perform an excerpt from "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue," from On Your Toes, choreographed by this year's Hirschhorn Award recipient, Lee Martino.
Presenters currently slated to appear include: Sam Anderson (recipient of a 2009 lead performance award for The Bird and Mr. Banks, and a nominee for Blackbird), Lorenz Arnell (recipient of a 2010 lead performance award for The Ballad of Emmett Till), L. Scott Caldwell (nominee for A Raisin in the Sun), Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott (multiple awards, individually, collectively, and for A Noise Within), Barry Lynch (recipient of a 2002 lead performance award for The Weir, member of the nominated ensemble of The Crucible), Nan McNamara (recipient of a 2010 lead performance award for Wit), Janet Miller (two-time recipient for choreography) and Miles Taber (co-recipient of a 2009 writing/adaptation award for The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch).
The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for pre-show hors d'oeuvres (with no-host bar), and the show commences at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, and should be reserved in advance from the LADCC's website, at www.ladramacriticscircle.com. The LADCC is grateful to A Noise Within for the donation of the use of their theatre, and to the entities and individuals who have agreed to sponsor some of our special awards this year.
The 2011 LADCC special award recipients are as follows:
The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play will be awarded to David Wiener for Extraordinary Chambers. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish by Samuel French, Inc.
The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater will be awarded to Rogue Machine. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by the Nederlander Organization.
The Bob Z award for career achievement in set design will be awarded to Kurt Boetcher.
The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design will be awarded to Lap Chi Chu. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by Angstrom Lighting.
The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater will be awarded to the Odyssey Theatre. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by contributions from the theatrical community.
The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre will be awarded to Lee Martino. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by an anonymous donor.
The Milton Katselas Award for career or special achievement in direction will be awarded to Matt Shakman. The award is accompanied by an honorarium, funded by The Katselas Theatre Company.
The nominees for the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics
Circle Awards for theatrical excellence are as follows: