Friday, January 29, 2010

Wisey recap: 2009 was a great year for local theater

A recap of the Wisey winners for 2009, with links to their award posts:

Best Play: Equivocation by Bill Cain
Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Directed by Bill Rauch. Bill Rauch, artistic director.

Best ActorCharles Leggett, The Merchant of Venice, Seattle Shakespeare Company

Best ActressCarolyn Marie Monroe, End Days, Seattle Public Theatre

Best Supporting ActorRay Tagavilla, Elephant's Graveyard, Balagan Theatre

Best Supporting ActressHana Lass, The Tempest, Seattle Shakespeare Company

Best DirectorRyan Higgins, The Comedy of Errors, GreenStage

Best WriterBill Cain, Equivocation, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Best Clown: All of them, especially Mark Bedard, The Servant of Two Masters, Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Best SetSunday in the Park with George, 5th Avenue Theatre. Projection design, Timothy Byrd and the Knifedge Creative Network. David Farley, set design.

Best MusicElephant's Graveyard, Balagan Theatre. Jake Groshong, musical director.

Best CostumeThe Comedy of Errors, GreenStage. Janessa Jayne Styck, costume designer.

Best Understudy: Jake Groshong, The Full Monty, Balagan Theatre

The Show Must Go On Award: Book-It Repertory Theatre, A Confederacy of Dunces

All-around Cool Theatre Guy Award: Shawn Belyea

Best-play front-runners Equivocation and Elephant's Graveyard received the most Wiseys, two each. Graveyard had the most nominations, seven. Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Balagan Theatre were the companies most honored, each taking home three Wiseys. What great fun to reminisce about a year of great theater!

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