Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Drum Roll, Please! The 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners Are...

Sam Hagen and Emily Chisholm, Gypsy Winners 
for The Flick by New Century Theatre Company (photo John Ulman)
Broadway-bound new musical, Come From Away, presented by Seattle Repertory Theatre, wins four Gypsys, tying with another new musical, Lizard Boy, also produced by Seattle Repertory Theatre and also with four Gypsys, a company that has been known for years as a powerhouse dramatic non-musical play playhouse!

Every single actor in the trio of Lizard Boy won in his/her category! Writer/composer/performer (and big Gypsy winner, this year, for Composing and Lead Actor - Male) Justin Huertas, with the rest of the team, is back at work refining Lizard Boy for future efforts, which many guess could easily mean an Off-Broadway mounting.

Jeffrey Herrmann, Managing Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre, said that Seattle should definitely expect more musicals from the Rep in the future. He suggested they will be a "Seattle Rep" type of musical, though exactly what niche the musicals will fill isn't yet clear.

Other standouts on the Larger Theaters side were The Flick at New Century Theatre Company and Slaughterhouse-Five at Book-It Repertory Theatre (5 and 3 awards respectively), and in Smaller Theaters, Water By the Spoonful by Theatre22 and The Art of Bad Men by MAP Theatre (3 and 2 awards respectively)!

The 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Winners are:

Excellence in Production of a Play
(Larger Theaters):
The Flick - New Century Theatre Company

(Smaller Theaters):
Water By The Spoonful - Theatre22

Excellence in Production of a Musical
Come From Away - Seattle Repertory Theatre

Excellence in Direction of a Play
(Larger Theaters):
Josh Aaseng - Slaughterhouse-Five (Book-It Repertory Theatre)

(Smaller Theaters):
Kelly Kitchens - The Art of Bad Men (MAP Theatre)

Excellence in Direction of a Musical
TIE!!
Eric Ankrim - American Idiot (ArtsWest)
Christopher Ashley - Come From Away (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor (Male)
(Larger Theaters):
Robert Bergin/Erik Gratton/Todd Jefferson Moore - Slaughterhouse-Five (Book-It Repertory Theatre)

(Smaller Theaters):
Tyler Trerise - My Mañana Comes (ArtsWest)

Excellence in Performance in a Musical as a Lead Actor (Male)
Justin Huertas - Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Performance in a Play as a Lead Actor (Female)
(Larger Theaters):
Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako - Little Bee (Book-It Repertory Theatre)

(Smaller Theaters):
Kathy Hsieh - Chinglish (ArtsWest)

Excellence in Performance in a Musical as a Lead Actor (Female)
EmilyRose Frasca - Are You There, God? It's Me, Karen Carpenter (STAGEright Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Play as a Supporting Actor (Male) - any non-lead
(Larger Theaters):
Sam Hagen - The Flick (New Century Theatre Company)

(Smaller Theaters):
G. Valmont Thomas - Water By The Spoonful (Theatre22)

Excellence in Performance of a Musical as a Supporting Actor (Male)
William A. Williams - Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Performance of a Play as a Supporting Actor (Female)
(Larger Theaters):
Emily Chisholm - The Flick (New Century Theatre Company)

(Smaller Theaters):
Rose Cano - Water By The Spoonful (Theatre22)

Excellence in Performance of a Musical as a Supporting Actor (Female) - any non-lead
Kirsten deLohr Helland - Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Performance as an Ensemble
(Larger Theaters):
Come From Away - Seattle Repertory Theatre (Eric Ankrim, Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks, Kendra Kassebaum, Chad Kimball, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Q Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Sharon Wheatley)

(Smaller Theaters):
The Art of Bad Men - MAP Theatre (Grace Carmack, Peggy Gannon, Ben McFadden, Ben Burris, Brandon Ryan, Sean Schroeder)

Excellence in Set Design
(Larger Theaters):
Andrea Bryn Bush - The Flick (New Century Theatre Company)

(Smaller Theaters):
Paul Thomas - Dump Site (Seattle Immersive Theatre)

Excellence in Costume Design
(Larger Theaters):
Deb Trout - Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (ACT Theatre)

(Smaller Theaters):
Ali Rose Panzarella - 99 Ways To Fuck A Swan (Washington Ensemble Theatre)

Excellence in Lighting Design
(Larger Theaters):
Andrew D. Smith - The Flick (New Century Theatre Company)

(Smaller Theaters):
Lindsay Smith - Mud (New City Theater)

Excellence in Sound Design
(Larger Theaters):
Evan Mosher and Robertson Witmer - The Flick (New Century Theatre Company)

(Smaller Theaters):
Evan Mosher and Andre Nelson - Slowgirl (Seattle Public Theater)

Excellence in Musical Direction
Ian Eisendrath - Come From Away (Seattle Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Choreography or Movement
Trina Mills, Shadou Mintrone and Gabe Corey - American Idiot (ArtsWest)

Excellence in Local Playwriting
Josh Aaseng - Slaughterhouse-Five (Book-It Repertory Theatre)

Excellence in Local Composing
Justin Huertas - Lizard Boy (Seattle Repertory Theatre)


Congratulations to the winners! Go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters to “like” them and see reviews during the year, and watch for the 2016 nominees next January!