2013 Suzi Bass Award Nominations Announced

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The Suzi Bass AwardsThe Suzi Bass Awards, Inc. announced nominations for the 2012-2013 Atlanta professional theatrical season this evening to theatre patrons and industry artists. The Suzi Nomination Party, which rotates venues, was hosted this year by 7 Stages in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. Guests enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and mingling with their colleagues and admirers. Guest announcers and former Suzi winners Ingrid Cole and Glenn Rainey revealed Nominees and quipped about the past season.

Included in this year’s nominations were several internationally-recognized artists. Scott Schwartz, nominee for directing the Alliance’s Next to Normal, is known for his New York work such as Golda’s Balcony, Bat Boy: The Musical and tick, tick . . . Boom! Broadway triple threat Natascia Diaz is nominated for Featured Actress – Musical for her feisty Inez in the Alliance Theatre’s Zorro. Other well-known artists also nominated for Zorro are Helen Hayes-nominated musical director Fred Lassen, choreographer and Olivier Awards nominee Rafael Amargo, Olivier Award-winning scenic and costume designer Tom Piper, UK lighting designer Ben Ormerod, and 2012 Tony Award Nominee for sound design, Kai Harada.

Atlanta resident artists fared well with multiple nominations. Justin Anderson received two directing nominations for his work on Aurora Theatre’s Les Miserables and on 7 Stage’s World Premiere of Angry Fags by local playwright Topher Payne. Actors Bryant Smith (Les Miserables and Kiss of the Spider Woman), Kevin Harry (Ragtime and Les Miserables) and Suehyla El-Attar (Swell Party and Angry Fags) garnered two nominations each. Twin designers Isabel A. and Moriah Curley-Clay continue their four-season streak of multiple nominations with two more this season in Scenic Design – Play. Other multiple nominees included sound designers Dan Bauman and Bobby Johnston, and lighting designers Liz Lee, Mary Parker and Mike Post.

New this year, the Production – Theatre for Youth category recognizes the outstanding productions our professional theatres create for younger audiences and families. Atlanta’s internationally acclaimed Center for Puppetry Arts received three of the six nominations in the TYA category for their productions of Cat in the Hat, The Adventures of Mighty Bug, and Brer Rabbit and Friends. Atlanta playwright Megan Hayes’ anti-bullying play Unnecessary Monsters, produced by Aurora Theatre, The Velveteen Rabbit, produced by Serenbe Playhouse, and the co-production of Le Petite Rouge by Aurora and Synchronicity also received nominations.

Although the Alliance Theatre lead the nomination tally with a total of twenty-five (25), Aurora Theatre received twenty-three (23) in musical and play categories, and the Center for Puppetry Arts received fifteen (15) in musical and TYA categories. Even with large groups of nominations going to the above, a wide distribution of Atlanta area theaters were recognized, with multiple nominations also going to Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Actor’s Express, Theatrical Outfit, Horizon Theatre, Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 7 Stages, Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre, The New American Shakespeare Tavern, Serenbe Playhouse, Stage Door Players, The Legacy Theatre, Synchronicity and Suzi newcomer The Collective Project.

In addition to the Suzi Performance Awards, the organization presents the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award to an Atlanta playwright, the Spirit of Suzi Award, the Volunteer of the Year Award, and the publicly-voted Audience Choice Award for Outstanding Season.

Final Ballot voting for the Suzi Awards begins this week and culminates in the presentation of Suzi star statues at the 9th Annual Suzi Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 4, 2013 at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in DeKalb County. Members of the Suzi Awards may also vote the final ballot, and the results of Member voting will be tallied in as a percentage of the panel judge votes. The Suzi Awards, Inc. is a member non-profit organization, and anyone may join by paying annual dues of $25.

For further information on the awards process, becoming a Member of the Suzi Bass Awards, or taking out business or congratulation ads in the Awards Event Program, please go to www.SuziAwards.org or email info@suziawards.org.

2012-2013 Suzi Bass Award Nominations
Outstanding World Premiere Production
Angry Fags at 7 Stages
The Great McAnigan at The Collective Project
Shakin’ the Rafters at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Swell Party at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Wolves at Actor’s Express

Outstanding Production – Theatre for Young Audiences
The Adventures of Mighty Bug by the Center for Puppetry Arts
Brer Rabbit and Friends produced by the Center for Puppetry Arts
Dr. Seuss’s Cat in the Hat by the Center for Puppetry Arts
Le Petite Rouge produced by Synchronicity and Aurora Theatre
Unnecessary Monsters produced by Aurora Theatre
The Velveteen Rabbit produced by Serenbe Playhouse

Outstanding Musical Production
The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre
Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Zorro at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Musical
Justin Anderson for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Alan Kilpatrick for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Jon Ludwig for The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Scott Schwartz for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre
Anne Towns for The Drowsy Chaperone at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Christy Baggett for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Liberty Cogan for Kiss of the Spider Woman at Actor’s Express
Natasha Drena for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Catherine Porter for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre
Alison Brannon Wilhoit for Legally Blonde at Atlanta Lyric Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Kevin Harry for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Kevin Harry for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Adam Jacobs for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Bryant Smith for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Craig Waldrip for Kiss of the Spider Woman at Actor’s Express

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Leslie Bellair for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Mary Nye Bennett for Legally Blonde at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Natascia Diaz for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Marcie Millard for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Adrienne Reynolds for Shakin’ the Rafters at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Jimi Kocina for Sweet Charity at Aurora Theatre
Anthony P. Rodriguez for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Bryant Smith for Kiss of the Spider Woman at Actor’s Express
Michael Stiggers for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Geoff Uterhardt for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical
Beehive at Atlanta Lyric Theatre (With Mary Nye Bennett, Christy Clark, Jamie Wood Katz, Lisa Manuli, Chimere Scott and Kayce Grogan-Wallace)
The Fabulous Lipitones at Theatrical Outfit (With Daniel Hilton, Tom Key, William S. Murphey, and Glenn Rainey)
The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts (With Scott DePoy, Kristin Haverty, Reay Kaplan, Jon Ludwig, Spencer G. Stephens, Robert Strickland and Jason von Hinezmeyer)
The Gifts of the Magi at Theatrical Outfit (With Nick Arapoglou, Caroline Freedlund, Jeff McKerley, Bernardine Mitchell, Glenn Rainey and Adrienne Reynolds)
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Stage Door Players (With Laura Floyd, Erin Meadows, Craig Waldrip and Jeremy Wood)

Outstanding Music Direction
BJ Brown for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Fred Lassen for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Michael Monroe for The Fabulous Lipitones at Theatrical Outfit
Ann-Carol Pence for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Boko Suzuki for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Choreography
Rafael Amargo for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Karen Hebert for Anything Goes at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Bethany Hayes Smith for Tarzan at The Legacy Theatre
Jevares C. Myrick for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Sarah Turner Sechelski for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Musical
Jamie Bullins and Stephanie Kaskel Bogle for The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Lindsey Goodson Paris for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Amanda McGee for Tarzan at The Legacy Theatre
Tom Piper for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Alan Yeong for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Musical
Mike Baldassari for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre
Liz Lee for The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Ben Ormerod for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Mary Parker for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Mike Post for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Musical
Kat Conley for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Joshua Flannigan for The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Phillip Male for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre
Tom Piper for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Kevin Rigdon for Next to Normal at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical
Kai Harada for Zorro at Alliance Theatre
Bobby Johnston for Hair at Serenbe Playhouse
Bobby Johnston for Ragtime at Atlanta Lyric Theatre
Gregory Montague, Kristin von Hinezmeyer & Mimi Epstein for The Ghastly Dreadfuls: The Last Ghast at Center for Puppetry Arts
Daniel Terry for Les Miserables at Aurora Theatre

Outstanding Play Production
Equus at Actor’s Express
Fly at Theatrical Outfit
Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
A Walk in the Woods at Serenbe Playhouse
The Whipping Man at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Director of a Play
Lisa Adler for Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
Justin Anderson for Angry Fags at 7 Stages
David Crowe for Equus at Actor’s Express
Melissa Foulger for Wolves at Actor’s Express
Alexander Greenfield for The Whipping Man at Alliance Theatre
Patdro Harris for Fly at Theatrical Outfit

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Kate Buddeke for Good People at Alliance Theatre
Carolyn Cook for Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
Veronika Duerr for The Summer of Daisy Faye at The Marietta Theatre
Crystal Fox for What I Learned in Paris at Alliance Theatre
Minka Wiltz for Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Nick Arapoglou for My Name is Asher Lev at Theatrical Outfit
Andrew Benator for Seminar at Actor’s Express
Rob Cleveland for Master Harold…and the boys at Aurora Theatre
Allen Edwards for A Walk in the Woods at Serenbe Playhouse
Theo Harness for Visiting Mr. Green at Stage Door Players

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Suehyla El-Attar for Angry Fags at 7 Stages
Suehyla El-Attar for Swell Party at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Ann Marie Gideon for Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
Tess Malis Kincaid for Swell Party at Georgia Ensemble Theatre
Bernardine Mitchell for Every Tongue Confess at Horizon Theatre

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Barrett Doyle for Seminar at Actor’s Express
Brian Kurlander for My Name is Asher Lev at Theatrical Outfit
Chris Kayser for Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
J.C. Long for The Tempest at The New American Shakespeare Tavern
John Stewart for The Whipping Man at Alliance Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble of a Play
The Book Club Play at Horizon Theatre (With John Benzinger, Bryan Brendle, Danielle Deadwyler, Wendy Melkonian, Maria Rodriguez-Sager and Dan Triandiflou)
Fly at Theatrical Outfit (With John E. Doyle, Fenner Eaddy, Joel Ishman, Brian Kurlander, Eric J. Little, J.C. Long and Doc Waller)
Lark Eden at Aurora Theatre (With Rachel Garner, Naima Carter Russell and Minka Wiltz)
Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at Center for Puppetry Arts (With Luis R. Hernandez, Reay Kaplan and Rudy Roushdi)
Wolves at Actor’s Express (With Brian Crawford, Kate Donadio, Clifton Guterman and Joe Sykes)

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play
Anne Carole Butler for The Tempest at The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Jamie Bullins for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at Center for Puppetry Arts
Lex Liang for What I Learned in Paris at Alliance Theatre
Alexandra Matthews for The Great McAnigan at The Collective Project
Linda Patterson for Swell Party at Georgia Ensemble Theatre

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play
Andre C. Allen for The Mountaintop at Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre Company
Liz Lee for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at Center for Puppetry Arts
Liz Lee for The Whipping Man at Alliance Theatre
Mary Parker & Rob Dillard for Fly at Theatrical Outfit
Ben Tilley for Wolves at Actor’s Express

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play
Isabel A. Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay for Betrayal at Aurora Theatre
Isabel A. Curley-Clay and Moriah Curley-Clay for Time Stands Still at Horizon Theatre
Collette Pollard for Good People at Alliance Theatre
Jason Sherwood for The Whipping Man at Alliance Theatre
F. Elaine Williams for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at Center for Puppetry Arts

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play
The Atlanta Shakespeare Company for The Tempest at The New American Shakespeare Tavern
Dan Bauman for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Stage Door Players
Dan Bauman for Wolves at Actor’s Express
Gregory Montague & Brian Kettler for Tales of Edgar Allan Poe at Center for Puppetry Arts
Jonathan Summers for Fly at Theatrical Outfit