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Seattle Theater Writers Announce 2013 Winners of the Gypsy Rose Lee Awards

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The Seattle Theater Writers’ critics’ circle is pleased to present the winners of the 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, theater awards recognizing excellence across the economic spectrum of professional Seattle theaters.

American theatrical icon Gypsy Rose Lee, the namesake for the Seattle Theater Writers awards

American theatrical icon Gypsy Rose Lee, the namesake for the Seattle Theater Writers awards.

“The winners represent coming to a consensus, which can be quite a challenge,” said Miryam Gordon, head writer-wrangler. “It’s not easy to bring people with very different opinions to agreement. We all take these selections quite seriously. Invariably, we each champion different people or productions and sometimes there is vigorous debate before we settle on our slate.”

The 2013 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners are:

Excellence in Production of a Play

(Large Budget): Trouble in Mind — Intiman Theatre

(Small Budget): Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them — Seattle Public Theater

Excellence in Production of a Musical

The Wild Party — Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Direction of a Play

(Large Budget): Valerie Curtis-Newton — Trouble in Mind — Intiman Theatre

(Small Budget): Desdemona Chiang — Gruesome Playground Injuries — Azeotrope

Excellence in Direction of a Musical

Corey D. McDaniel — The Wild Party — Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor (Male)

(Large Budget): Jerick Hoffer — Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Balagan Theatre

(Small Budget): Jose Abaoag — Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them — Seattle Public Theater

Excellence in Performance as a Lead Actor (Female)

(Large Budget): TIED 

Hannah Mootz — Bo-Nita — Seattle Repertory Theatre

Shellie Shulkin — August: Osage County — Balagan Theatre

(Small Budget): Sydney Andrews — Undo — Annex Theatre

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor (Male) — any non-lead

(Large Budget): TIED

Eric Polani Jensen — Les Miserables — Village Theatre

John Q. Smith — August: Osage County — Balagan Theatre

(Small Budget): Tim Gouran — Red Light Winter — Azeotrope

Excellence in Performance as a Supporting Actor (Female) — any non-lead

(Large Budget): Amy Thone — The Trial — New Century Theatre Company

(Small Budget): Allison Standley — The Wild Party — Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble

(Large Budget): “Master Harold”… and the Boys — West of Lenin

(Small Budget): Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them — Seattle Public Theater

Excellence in Set Design

(Large Budget): Carey Wong — Boeing Boeing — Seattle Repertory Theatre

(Small Budget): Deanna Zibello — Gruesome Playground Injuries — Azeotrope

Excellence in Costume Design

(Large Budget): Pete Rush — Rapture, Blister, Burn — ACT Theatre

(Small Budget): Candace Frank — The Wild Party — Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Lighting Design

(Large Budget): L.B. Morse — The Hound of the Baskervilles — Seattle Repertory Theatre (2nd year in a row!)

(Small Budget): Jessica Trundy — Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo — Washington Ensemble Theatre

Excellence in Sound Design

(Large Budget): Paul James Prendergast — The Hound of the Baskervilles — Seattle Repertory Theatre

(Small Budget): Evan Mosher — Gruesome Playground Injuries — Azeotrope (2nd year in a row!)

Excellence in Musical Direction

RJ Tancioco — Les Miserables — Village Theatre

Excellence in Choreography or Movement

(Large Budget): Bob Richard — The Music Man — The 5th Avenue Theatre

(Small Budget): Jessica Low — The Wild Party — Sound Theatre Company

Excellence in Local Playwriting

Holly Arsenault — Undo — Annex Theatre

Excellence in Local Composing

Jesse McNeese — The Gingerbread Man — Theater Schmeater

 

About Seattle Theater Writers:

Founded in 2011 by Miryam Gordon and comprised of local writers and reviewers, Seattle Theater Writers is a group dedicated to raising public awareness of theater practitioners and the work produced by professional Equity and non-Equity theater organizations. Born from this mission are the annual Gypsy Rose Lee Awards, recognizing excellence in Seattle theater across 29 categories — the most comprehensive and inclusive local theater awards to date. The nine Seattle theater writers and reviewers who participated in this year’s slate are: Jose Amador (Seattle Star), Alice Kaderlan (Feet First), Rosemary Jones (The Examiner), Miryam Gordon (Seattle Gay News), Jerry Kraft (Seattle Actor), Nancy Worssam (Arts Stage/Seattle Rage), Michael Strangeways (Gay Seattle Scene), Dusty Somers (Blogcritics) and Scott Taylor (Seattle Stage Revue).

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.

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About Dusty Somers

Dusty Somers is a Seattle-based editor and writer. He is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and Seattle Theater Writers.