Top Non-Equity Jeff Awards Go to:
Play - When the Rain Stops Falling - Circle Theatre
Musical - Under A Rainbow Flag - Pride Films and Plays
Review - Smokey Joe's Cafe - Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
From the red carpet to the final award, energy was high at the 40TH Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony on Monday, June 3, at Park West in Chicago. Awards were presented in 25 categories for productions that opened between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013.
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In addition to honors for Production - Play, Musical, and Revue, the coveted Ensemble award went to Idomeneus, produced by Side show Theatre Company. Awards for Principal actor and actress in a play were presented to Jeremy Trager for the title role in Hauptmann at Bohemian Theatre Ensemble; and to Lindsey Pearlman for Never the Bridesmaid at Polarity Ensemble Theatre. For Principal actor and Actress in a musical: Kelli Harrington was honored for Aspects of Love at Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre, and Peter Oyloe, for Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Filament Theatre Ensemble. Directing awards were presented to Brenda Didier for Smokey Joe's Cafe and John Gawlik for When the Rain Stops Falling
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The Non-Equity Jeff Awards honor excellence in Chicago theatres not under a union contract. Jeff judges attended opening nights of 146 productions offered by 65 Non-Equity producting organizations. The judges recommended 54 of those shows, making them eligible for Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations. Thirty-three theatre companies received nominations, and awards were presented in 25 categories.
In addition to this season's awards, a Special Award was presented to Richard Cotovsky for his cutting edge contributions to Non-Equity theatre over the past four decades.
Equity Awards Presented October 15
The gala 44th Annual Jeff Equity Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theatre produced within the immediate Chicago area from August 1, 2011 through July 31, 2012, was held on Monday, October 15, at Drury Lane Oakbrook.
The Goodman Theatre's The Iceman Cometh took the honors for a play in the large theatre tier with a total of six awards, including Production - Play. In musical categories for large theatres, Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Follies won top awards with six statues, including Production -Musical, In the midsize theatre tier, TimeLine Theatre Company won for Production-Play with The Pitmen Painters, and the Production-Musical Award for midsize theatres went to The Doyle & Debbie Show, from lonesome road productions in association with Jim Jensen and Lisselan Productions, which played at the Royal George Theatre.The Second City e.t.c. scored with We're All in This Room Together . A Special Award was presented to Actors’ Equity Association in celebration of their century of service to actors and stage managers in Chicago and across America.