The Mary Goldwater Awards ceremony last evening at WSC’s Clark Street Playhouse was a very enjoyable evening for one and all. There are no losers at this event so the crowd was made up of winners and well wishers, all having a great time. The MC for the evening Jack Marshall took a tumble over the weekend and was on hand albeit a bit late sporting a fine set of crutches. No handicap for Jack though, he was funny and crisp with the one-liners all evening. Highlights included Dan Brick’s hilarious facial expressions and body posturing during his award acceptance and the “what did you do last summer” like presentation where the awards recipients announced upcoming performances and projects. The upcoming events ranged from European vacations to ambitious projects although no one was going to Disneyland.
Kathleen Akerley, actor and director: for her performance with Washington Shakespeare Company and for direction of productions for her company, Longacre Lea Productions.
Joe Baker, actor: for performances with Scena Theatre and The American Century Theater.
Dan Brick, actor: primarily for performances with Scena Theatre and Solas Nua..
John MacDonald, director: for his direction of Washington Stage Guild productions, most recently Fannie’s First Play.
Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden, scenic designer: especially for her work for Washington Shakespeare Company.
Bruce Alan Rauscher, actor: for performances with Washington Shakespeare Company and The American Century Theater.
Rorschach Theatre Company: for excellence and vision in producing works representing a variety of cultures and styles, including premieres of new plays.