Rocker Billie Joe Armstrong, South African playwright Athol Fugard and New Haven’s Broken Umbrella Theatre will be recognized for their special contributions to theater in the state at the Connecticut Critics Circle Awards ceremony this month.
The event will be held at the Westport Country Playhouse on June 23 beginning with a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m., hosted by actor Jake Robards.
The free event is open to the public and has over the last few years become a rare opportunity for theater lovers and leaders to gather together to socialize, reconnect and celebrate work of the past season.
Armstrong, the front man for the rock group Green Day, supplied original Beatle-esque songs for “These Paper Bullets!” at Yale Repertory Theatre.
Fugard, whose association with New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and Yale Rep spans 40 years, returned to the city — and the stage — this year acting in his most intimate and personal play, “The Shadow of the Hummingbird” at Long Wharf. He will receive the Tom Killen Award.
Broken Umbrella Theatre, which is not eligible in competitive categories, has consistently produced original, site-specific work that reflects New Haven culture and history in theatrically imaginative ways. It’s latest show “Gilbert the Great” is now playing in New Haven.
The nominees in the 19 competitive categories are:
Outstanding play: “Macbeth” and “Somewhere” from Hartford Stage, “The House That Will Not Stand” and “These Paper Bullets!” at Yale Repertory Theatre and “Time Stands Still” and “The Other Place” at Hartford’s TheaterWorks.
Nominated for outstanding musical are: “The Drowsy Chaperone” at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, “The Most Happy Fella” and “Hello, Dolly!” at Goodspeed Opera House, “Dreamgirls” at Ivoryton Playhouse and “The Last Five Years” at Long Wharf Theatre.
Outstanding direction of a play: Darko Tresnjak (Hartford Stage’s “Macbeth”); Kevin Connors (Music Theatre of Connecticut’s “Master Class”); Rob Ruggiero (“Time Stands Still”:) Rob Ruggiero (“The Other Place”); Patricia McGregor (“The House That Will Not Stand”) and Jackson Gay (“These Paper Bullets!”)
Outstanding direction of a musical: Rob Ruggiero (“The Most Happy Fella”), Daniel Goldstein (“Hello, Dolly!”) and Gordon Edelstein (“The Last Five Years”).
Outstanding lead female actor in a play: Irene Glezos (“Master Class”) Debra Jo Rupp (TheaterWorks’ “Becoming Dr. Ruth”), Kate Forbes (“Macbeth’), Jayne Houdyshell (Westport Country Playhouse’s “The Show-Off”), Kate Levy (“The Other Place”), Priscilla Lopez (“Somewhere”), Jeanine Serralles (“These Paper Bullets!”),
Outstanding lead male actor in a play: Steven Epp (Yale Rep’s “Accidental Death of n Anarchist”), Matthew Rauch (“Macbeth”), Julius Aln (“Stuck Elevator,” International Festival of Arts & Ideas/Long Wharf Theatre),; Michael Rosen (“Somewhere”); David Wilson Barnes (“These Paper Bullets!”) and Mark Nelson (“Vanya and Sinia and Masha and Spike”).
Full article at Hartford Courant: HERE