Nominees React to the Atlanta Theater Fan Award Nominations


The nominations for the Third Annual Atlanta Theater Fan Awards were revealed on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. Several of the nominees have submitted reaction statements to Atlanta Theater Fans. These reactions are shared below and this page will be updated as more nominee reactions are received. Congratulations to all the nominees and thanks for sharing your thoughts!

Swell Party at Atlanta's Georgia Ensemble Theatre

The cast of Swell Party (seated L-R) Kate Donadio, Jo Howarth, (standing L-R) Scott DePoy, Tess Malis Kincaid, Tony Larkin, Weston Manders, and Suehyla El-Attar. Photo by R. Todd Fleeman

Swell Party was such an extraordinary gathering of Atlanta talent, onstage and off. These amazing artists took a story I’d studied for nearly a decade and made it fully their own. It is a delight and an honor to see their work celebrated. It’s all the more gratifying because Swell Party was Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s first commissioned work- a true leap of faith from Bob and Anita Farley, as well as director Shannon Eubanks. The success of this production, as well as the number of other World Premieres included in the nominations, proves there’s nothing like homegrown theatre. Buy local!
Topher Payne, playwright for Swell Party – nominee for Best Play

I was pleasantly surprised to hear I was nominated for Ab in Swell Party, but was VERY happy to hear that the show – a new work, and World Premiere – was nominated for Best Play. Congrats to the company!
– Tony Larkin, nominee for Best Featured Actor in a Play for Swell Party

I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be part of a team offering new works to
the Atlanta stage and thrilled that my costumes have been recognized for helping to bring
this story and its incredible characters to life.
Linda Patterson, nominee for Best Costume Design for Swell Party

Chris Kayser, Carolyn Cook, Robin Bloodworth in Time Stands Still. Photo by Horizon Theatre

Chris Kayser, Carolyn Cook, Robin Bloodworth in Time Stands Still. Photo by Horizon Theatre

We are thrilled to have so many of our excellent ensemble for Time Stands Still nominated – Horizon strives for excellence in ensemble theatre creation and it is an honor to be recognized for our collective work.  Horizon core artist designers Moriah and Isabel Curley-Clay devised the most amazing set imaginable – all of its detail filled in the personal back story for the war journalists who were at the center of the play.   Working with this tight ensemble of my long-time collaborators and some excellent new friends on a script by one of America’s most gifted writers about a subject of significance was a joy.
Lisa Adler, nominee for Best Direction of a Play for Time Stands Still

Photo by R.Todd Fleeman

Chad Martin and Theo Harness in Visiting Mr. Green. Photo by R.Todd Fleeman

Thanks to Atlanta Theater Fans for providing moments of highlight, sustaining our search for purpose, whatever we glean it to be. A life in the theatre, no matter how long it lasts, can keep an actor in touch with the meaning of life, and to gain recognition for my attempt to convey that to an audience is an overwhelming highlight. On a still morning in Belize, as the breeze off the Caribbean was gaining enough strength to push the palm fronds around and to cool the air, notice of this nomination for my performance as dear old, old Mr. Green made my day. I knew he was special, and that he was willing to learn and to triumph over tradition in favor of his humanity, but I hadn’t thought of the process of overcoming tradition as a way to describe the struggle we all face in becoming ourselves. Mr. Green opted for his humanity at age 86, and it is never too late for any of us to triumph.
Theo Harness, Nominee for Best Actor in a Play for Visiting Mr. Green

Cameron Bryce, Megan Hayes, Harold M. Leaver, Enoch King, Gwendolyn Labod. Photo by Horizon Theatre Company

Cameron Bryce, Megan Hayes, Harold M. Leaver, Enoch King, Gwendolyn Labod in The Santaland Diaries. Photo by Horizon Theatre Company

The Santaland Diaries is a blast for the cast and audiences every year. We are honored to be an alternative holiday tradition for Atlantans and to ring in the holidays with laughter every December! It is truly a feast of fun for our trio of talented comedians. Thanks for the honor!
Jeff Adler, director of The Santaland Diaries, nominee for Best Holiday Show

There is nothing more exhilarating  than re-creating the middle school experience by tapping into the minds and hearts of those folks who are actually “living it”. That was the thrust of this original musical production, devised by a powerful and brave cast of Atlanta actors, nationally acclaimed composer, Justin Ellington and featuring contributions and participation by actual Atlanta youth.
Rosemary Newcott director of The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta: The Final Assembly, nominee for Best Family/Children’s Show

This beautiful story elevates the simplest and tiniest  barnyard characters to epic heights of courage and character. The Alliance Theatre production sought to celebrate the capacity of this spirit by presenting all the animals as circus performers, treating young and old to a tumbling Templeton, Lyra flying geese, a juggling sheep and a Silk weaving Charlotte – topped only by the most miraculous feat: the remarkable friendship of Charlotte and Wilbur.
Rosemary Newcott, director of Charlotte’s Web nominee for Best Family/Children’s Show