BERKSHIRE ON STAGE

2017 Berkshire Theatre Award Winners Announced!

(Photo coverage of the event by Stephen Sorokoff in Broadway World!)

Pittsfield, MA – At an SRO ceremony held on the stage of the St. Germain Theatre at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, the Board of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on the evening of Monday, November 6, 2017. This was the second year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theatre in the greater Berkshire region.

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Best Play go to the Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of David Auburn’s Lost Lake, and a tie between Barrington Stage Company’s production of Stephen Sondheim’s Company and the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s production of Hello, Dolly! for Best Musical.

The Berkshire Theatre Group captured both of the Outstanding Direction awards, with Eric Hill winning for his production of Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo, and James Barry for his direction of the musical Million Dollar Quartet.

Joel Ripka took home the award for Outstanding Solo Performance in Chester Theatre Company’s production of Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe’s Every Brilliant Thing, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer. That production was also honored as Outstanding New Play of the season. The Oldcastle Theatre Company production of Shipwrecked!… directed by Eric Peterson, won for Oustanding Ensemble Performance for actors John Hadden, David Joseph, and Carla Woods.

The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater went to WAM Theatre and Artistic Director Kristen van Ginhoven for their innovative double philanthropic mission whereby they donate a portion of the box office proceeds of every major production to a non-profit organization that benefits women and girls. Since its founding in 2010, WAM Theatre has donated more than $41,500 to thirteen nonprofit organizations.

In addition to the awards, Charles Guiliano and Gail M. Burns gave a special tribute to the Berkshire Theatre Association founder, the late Larry Murray, who passed away in March of this year. Kristen van Ginhoven presented a monologue entitled The Last Standing Protester.  

2017 Berkshire Theatre Awards (winners appear in Boldface) 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play:
Nominees: Jessica Hecht – The Clean HouseWilliamstown Theatre Festival; Ella Loudon – The Tempest – Shakespeare & Co; Medina Senghore – Intimate Apparel – Shakespeare & Co; Zoë Laiz – 4000 Miles – Shakespeare & Co.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play:
Nominees: Joey Collins – At Home At the ZooBerkshire Theatre Group; Mark H. Dold – This – Barrington Stage Company; Carson Elrod – Taking Steps – Barrington Stage Company; Rocco Sisto – The Birds – Barrington Stage Company

Joey Collins (left) and David Adkins both took home awards for their performances in Edward Albee’s At Home at the Zoo at the Berkshire Theatre Group. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.

Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical:
Nominees: Riccardo Hernandez – The Clean House – Williamstown Theatre Festival; Randall Parsons – Arsenic and Old Lace – Berkshire Theatre Group; Brian Prather – RagtimeBarrington Stage Company; Kristen Robinson – Company – Barrington Stage Company

Brian Prather’s award-winning set for Barrington Stage Company’s production of Ragtime can be seen in all its glory in this scene featuring Frances Evans & J. Anthony Crane. Photo by  Daniel Rader.

Outstanding Choreography:
Nominees: Jeffrey Page – Company – Barrington Stage Company; Freddy Ramirez – Mamma Mia – Capital Rep; Sebastiani Romagnolo – Hello, Dolly!Mac-Haydn Theatre; Shea Sullivan – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company

The Waiters’ Gallop exemplifies Sebastiani Romagnolo’s award-winning choreography for Hello, Dolly! at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Outstanding Direction of a Muscial:
Nominees: James Barry – Million Dollar QuartetBerkshire Theatre Group; Joe Calaraco – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company; Trey Compton – Godspell 2012 – Theater Barn; John Saunders – Hello, Dolly! – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical:
Nominees: Tyler Kinney – CymbelineShakespeare & Co; Govane Lohbauer –Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight –  – WAM Theatre; Bethany Marx – Hello, Dolly! – Mac-Haydn Theatre; Sara Jean Tosetti – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company

Bella Merlin sports one of Tyler Kinney’s award-winning costumes for Shakespeare & Company’s production of Cymbeline. Photo by Stratton McCrady

Outstanding Solo Performance:
Nominees: Kyle Branzel – Buyer & Cellar – Weston Playhouse; Ed Dixon – Georgie – Barrington Stage Company; Joel Ripka – Every Brilliant ThingChester Theatre; Oliver Wadsworth – The Tarnation of Russell Colvin – Dorset Theatre Festival

Joel Ripka, winner of the Outstanding Solo Performer award, interacts with an audience member in the Chester Theatre Company production of “Every Brilliant Thing” by Duncan Macmillan. Photo by Elizabeth Solaka.

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical:
Nominees: Ellen Harvey – CompanyBarrington Stage Company; Rachel Rhodes-Devey – Hello, Dolly! – Mac-Haydn Theatre; Madison Stratton – Spamalot – Mac-Haydn Theatre; Zurin Villanueva – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical:
Nominees: Mike Baldassari – Children of a Lesser God – Berkshire Theatre Group; Chris Lee – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company; David Weiner – Where Storms Are BornWilliamstown Theatre Festival; Robert Wierzel – A Legendary Romance – Williamstown Theatre Festival

David Weiner’s award-winning lighting illuminates Arnulfo Maldonado’s set for Where Storms Are Born at the  Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical:
Nominees: Gabe Belyeu – Hello, Dolly! – Mac-Haydn Theatre; Gil Brady – Mamma Mia – Capital Rep; Roe Harftrampf – A Legendary RomanceWilliamstown Theatre Festival; Paul Urriola – Guys and Dolls – Theater Barn

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical winner Roe Harftrampf and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical nominee Lora Lee Gayer in A Legendary Romance at the  Williamstown Theatre Festival. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Outstanding Direction of a Play:
Nominees: Eric Hill – At Home At the ZooBerkshire Theatre Group; Kenny Leon – Children of a Lesser God – Berkshire Theatre Group; Regge Life – God of Carnage – Shakespeare & Company; Rebecca Taichman – The Clean House – Williamstown Theatre Festival

Outstanding Sound Design of a Play or Musical:
Nominees: Scott Killian – Lost LakeBerkshire Theatre Group; Ryan Rumery – The Legend of Georgia McBride – Dorset Theatre Festival; Alex Sovronsky – The Last Wife – WAM Theatre; David Thomas – The Birds – Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical:
Nominee: Lora Lee Gayer – A Legendary Romance – Williamstown Theatre Festival; Emily Kron – Sweeney ToddMac-Haydn Theatre; Elizabeth Stanley – Ragtime – Barrington Stage Company; Monica M. Wemitt – Hello, Dolly! – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical:
Nominees: Darnell Abraham – RagtimeBarrington Stage Company; Mark Hardy – Sweeney Todd – Mac-Haydn Theatre; Jeff McCarthy – A Legendary Romance – Williamstown Theatre Festival; Aaron Tveit – Company – Barrington Stage Company

Outstanding New Play or Musical:
Nominees: Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe, Daniel Elihu Kramer, director – Chester Theatre, producer; I and You by Lauren Gunderson, Kristen Van Ginhoven, director – Chester Theatre, producer; A Legendary Romance by Timothy Prager and Geoff Morrow, Lonny Price, director – Williamstown Theatre Festival, producer; Where Storms are Born by Harrison David Rivers, Shaheem Ali, director – Williamstown Theatre Festival, producer

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play:
Nominees: Lynnette R. Freeman – Lost LakeBerkshire Theatre Group; Diane Prusha – Wharton Comedies – Shakespeare & Co; Lauren Ridloff – Children of a Lesser God – Berkshire Theatre Group; Kim Stauffer –Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight – WAM Theatre

Outstanding Ensemble Performance:
Nominees: Baskerville – Dorset Theatre Festival; God of Carnage – Shakespeare & Company; Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (as Told by Himself) Oldcastle Theatre; Skeleton Crew – Chester Theatre

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play:
Nominees: David Adkins – At Home At the ZooBerkshire Theatre Group; Quentin Maré – Lost Lake – Berkshire Theatre Group; Nigel Gore – The Tempest – Shakespeare & Company; Oliver Wadsworth – Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight – WAM Theatre

The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater:
Nominees: Julianne Boyd, Barrington Stage Company; Mandy Greenfield, Williamstown Theatre Festival; Kate Maguire, Berkshire Theatre Group; Kristen Van Ginhoven, WAM Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Musical: TIE VOTE!
Nominees: CompanyBarrington Stage Company; Hello, Dolly!Mac-Haydn Theatre; A Legendary Romance – Williamstown Theatre Company; Sweeney Todd – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Outstanding Production of a Play:
Nominees: The Birds – Barrington Stage Company; Children of a Lesser God – Berkshire Theatre Group; The Clean House – Williamstown Theatre Festival; Lost LakeBerkshire Theatre Group