Remember going to the theatre in 2019: the greetings and hugs with casual acquaintances in the lobby, the smiling faces of front of house staff checking your tickets, happily taking your seat amidst a crowd of strangers, the occasional cough, probably nothing more than dry throat, you think, the collective gasps, or laughs, sighs or sniffles. And then that sweet sound of claps and cheers as the audience sends up its appreciation.
On Friday night, Sept 25, the 2020 Helen Hayes Awards will be honoring Washington area theatre in the year 2019 with a virtual celebration hosted by Felicia Curry and Naomi Jacobson. By theatreWashington’s count, there were 185 productions – 46 musicals, 139 plays – eligible for Helen Hayes Awards, which resulted in 255 nominations in 47 categories. Thirty two awards have already been presented via Zoom events in the four weeks leading up to this culminating event.
On Friday night look for clips from those presentations, along with awards for outstanding productions, ensembles and Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. theatreWashington also promises stories, remembrances, special guest appearances and fun surprises.
In its 36 year history, this is the first time that everyone will be able to attend the Helen Hayes Awards. TodayTix is handling the virtual tickets, which are free, or you may opt to donate (all funds go to theatreWashington’s Taking Care Covid-19 Emergency Release Fund).
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