Stars of New York theatre turned out this weekend for two of the major end-of-season awards, and DCTS writers Richard Seff and Joel Markowitz were there to cover it.
On Friday, May 21st, the 76th Drama League Awards were handed out over a glittering lunch in the ballroom of the Marquis Hotel in Times Square. Richard Seff, a longtime supporter of the League, jotted down some favorite quips from the recipients. Director Kenny Leon, who was last in DC to direct Stick Fly at Arena Stage, was presented the Julia Hansen Award for Excellence in Directing for his work on Fences. The award was presented by Fences star Denzel Washington. Read Richard’s commentary here.
Last night, New York critics took their turn as the Drama Desk Awards were handed out, and, among the recipients was Jim Brochu who received the Solo Performance Award for his portrayal of Zero Mostel in Zero Hour. DC audiences saw Jim’s Helen Hayes Award winning performance of Zero Hour at Theater J last fall, before the show opened in New York in November, 2009. Zero Hour sold out its original booking at Theatre at St. Clements and has now transferred to DC2 for an open ended run.
Joel Markowitz was in the press room of the Drama Desk Awards, and managed to get interviews with Drama Desk winners John Kander, Montego Glover, Chad Kimball, Hallie Foote, Katie Finneran, Jim Brochu, David Bryan and set designer Julian Crouch. Watch for the interviews soon.