Saturday, December 28, 2013

Last Straw Awards - 2013 – Part I

By Joe Straw

Sometimes it is the actor’s countenance, their mien, their tenebrous selves that draws us into the conflicted souls of a character on stage.  All in one night where the work, the craft, the concentration seemed seamless, without words - dissimulating emotions that reach their objectives.

Art is not a contest – no need to be truculent with your thoughts of the best. These are just hard working actors who, on a particular given night, gave it their all, and I was there to witness the magic.

There are people watching, taking notes, and reporting back. 

To these actors: Thank you for a magnificent night of theatre.

The Rainmaker – The Rainbow Theater Company
Tana Frederick  

The Grapes of Wrath – A Noise Within
Deborah Strang  
Josh Clark

Voices - Griot Theatre of West Valley
Thomas Silcott

I’m Not Rappaport – West Coast Jewish Theatre
Jack Axelrod  
Carl Crudup

The Shawl – Rydemption Enterainment & Moth Theatre Company 
Ryan Surratt
Lili Bordan   

The North Plan – Elephant Theatre Company
Kerry Carney
Salvator Xuereb 

Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers – The Blank Theatre
Amy Lawhorn

Revelations – The Lillian Theatre
Lawrence Dillard  

Trouble in Chiozza – The City of West Hollywood Free Theater in the Park
Michael Matthys

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike – The Golden Theatre
Kristine Nielsen 
Julie White  

Lady Windermere’s Fan – Chalk Repertory Theatre
Amin El Gamal
Teri Reeves  

The Diary of Anne Frank – Wasatch Theatrical Ventures
Susan Priver

Selling Out – The Whitefire Theatre
Brian Dykstra

The End of It – End of LA & Scott Disharoon – The Matrix
Paul Coates 
Kelly Coffield Park  

The Laramie Project 10 Years Later – The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center
Dylan Seaton
Paul Witten 

Love’s Labour’s Lost – The Courage Theatre Company
Jonas Barraca 
William Reinbold
Patrick Wenk-Wolff 

LGBTQ – Casa 0101
Andres Rey Solorzano

Under The Glass – Chalk Repertory Theatre
Tony Amendola
Blaire Chandler 

Light Up The Sky – Theatre 40
Arthur Hanket  

the road weeps, the well runs dry – Latino Theatre Company
Elizabeth Frances  

Tamales De Puerco (Pork Tamales) – Casa 0101
Miriam Peniche
Dickie Hearts

Opening Night – Theatre 40
Hoyt Miller

Hungry Women – Casa 0101
Ronni Valentine

Jinxed – The Elephant Theatre Company
Amy French
Darryl Armbruster 

The Lion King - The Pantages 
Brown Lindiwe Mkhize 

Part II coming – Writers, Directors, Cast.  

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