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2006 Awards

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the winners and special awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2006. The 38th Annual Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards ceremony took place Monday, March 19 at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood, and was co-hosted by Culture Clash.

The 2006 Drama Critics Circle Award Recipients Are:

PRODUCTION

  • A Marvelous Party, Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse
  • Grace, Furious Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Tim Wright, Circle X Theatre Co., [Inside] the Ford

TOM MCCULLOH AWARD FOR REVIVAL

  • A Touch of the Poet, A Noise Within, A Noise Within

DIRECTION

  • John Langs, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • Art Manke, Bach at Leipzig, South Coast Repertory
  • Michael Michetti, A Picture of Dorian Gray, The Theatre @ Boston Court
  • Dámaso Rodriguez, Grace, Furious Theatre Company at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre

WRITING AND ADAPTATION

  • Anthony Clarvoe (adaptation), The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • Craig Wright, Grace, Furious Theatre Company at Pasadena Playhouse Carrie Hamilton Theatre

MUSICAL DIRECTION

  • Steven Smith, A Man of No Importance, Musical Theatre Guild at the Alex Theatre

MUSICAL SCORE

  • Lori Scarlett, The Break Up Notebook: The Lesbian Musical, Hudson Backstage Theatre

LEAD PERFORMANCE

  • Dorie Barton, Lobster Alice, Blank Theatre Company’s 2nd Stage Theatre
  • Jodi Carlisle, A Hole in the Dark, Blank Theatre Company’s 2nd Stage Theatre
  • Laurence Fishburne, Fences, Pasadena Playhouse
  • Salome Jens, Leipzig, West Coast Jewish Theatre and The Group at Strasberg at The Lee Strasberg Institute’s Marilyn Monroe Theatre
  • Cherry Jones, Doubt, Ahmanson Theatre
  • Dan Mailley, La Bête, Sacred Fools Theater

FEATURED PERFORMANCE

  • Beth Kennedy, Much ADoobie Brothers About Nothing, Troubadour Theater Company at the Miles Memorial Playhouse and La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts
  • Dakin Matthews, Water & Power, Mark Taper Forum
  • Camille Saviola, Zorba, Reprise! Broadway’s Best at UCLA’s Freud Playhouse

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE

  • The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • The Marvelous Wonderettes, El Portal Forum Theatre

SCENIC DESIGN

  • Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • Tom Buderwitz, Equinox, Odyssey Theatre

LIGHTING DESIGN

  • Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • Robert Wilson, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, Ahmanson Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP

  • Thomas G. Marquez (hair, wigs & makeup), Beehive, Valley Musical Theatre at the El Portal Theatre

SOUND DESIGN

  • Robbin E. Broad, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co. at [Inside] the Ford
  • Jon Gottlieb, iWitness, Mark Taper Forum
  • Robert Oriol, A Picture of Dorian Gray, The Theatre @ Boston Court

CHOREOGRAPHY

  • Janet Miller, The Marvelous Wonderettes, El Portal Forum Theatre

SOLO PERFORMANCE

  • Lynn Redgrave, Nightingale, Mark Taper Forum

CGI & VIDEO PROJECTIONS

  • William Dudley, Hitchcock Blonde, South Coast Repertory
  • Jan Hartley (projection design) and Alice Brooks (cinematography),iWitness, Mark Taper Forum

The 2006 special award recipients are as follows:

The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theater will beawarded to the Troubadour Theater Company. The award is accompanied by a $500 check funded by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

The Ted Schmitt Award for world premiere of an outstanding new play will be awarded to Richard Montoya for Culture Clash for Water and Power. The award is accompanied by an offer to publish and a $500 check funded by Samuel French, Inc. 

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theater will be awarded to The Chance Theater. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by the Nederlander Organization.

The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design will be awarded to Joel Daavid. The award is accompanied by a $500 check, funded by Back Stage.

The Angstrom Award for career achievement in lighting design will be awarded to Christian Epps. The award is accompanied by a $1000 check, funded by Angstrom Lighting.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for outstanding achievement in musical theatre will be awarded to Gerald Sternbach. The award is accompanied by a $500 check funded by Variety