Awards


 

Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards Presented

Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage Company Take Top Honors

 

PITTSFIELD, MA (November 13, 2018) - At an SRO ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, the Board of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on the evening of Monday, November 12, 2018. This was the third year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theatre in the greater Berkshire region.


The 2018 awards really display the commitment of regional theatres to presenting new and diverse work. Women and minorities were well represented among the nominees and the winners in all categories.

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Outstanding Play Production go to the Williamstown Theatre Festival’s production of Theresa Rebeck’s Seared, and Barrington Stage Company’s production of West Side Story for take home the award for Outstanding Musical Production.


The 2018 awards really display the commitment of regional theatres to presenting new and diverse work. Women and minorities were well represented among the nominees and the winners in all categories. Nominees represented theatres in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut.


This year’s ceremony featured several performances from regional theatre groups, some of whom were nominated for awards. The Acting Class with Patrick White recreated scenes from their production of Men on Boats, nominated for Outstanding Ensemble Production. Director Christine Decker and actors Erika Floriani and Jana Lillie presented a scene from Chocolate by Frederick Stroppel, Brian Petti performed a monologue from the Bridge Street Theatre’s production of Mickie Maher’s There is a Happiness that Morning Is directed by John Sowle. And Joel Ripka and Paul Pontrelli, did a scene from the Chester Theatre Company’s production The Aliens by Annie Baker, directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer, which won the Outstanding Ensemble Production award for the cast, which also included James Barry.


Julianne Boyd was named Outstanding Director of a Musical for her work on West Side Story at Barrington Stage, and James Warwick was named Outstanding Director of a Play for Mothers and Sons at Shakespeare & Company.

Danielle Skraastad took home the award for Outstanding Solo Performance in Tony Kushner’s HOMEBODY, directed by Jeffrey Mousseau and presented at the Ancram Opera House.





The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater went to
Shakespeare & Company
for their Shakespeare in the Courts and Fall Festival of Shakespeare programs.

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2018 Berkshire Theatre Awards (winners appear in Boldface)


1.  Outstanding Supporting Actress Musical


Berkie winners Skyler Volpe as Anita and Addie Morales as Maria in the Barrington Stage Company production of West Side Story.
Photo: Daniel Rader







2. Outstanding Supporting Actor Musical


Sean Ewing (center) with Danny Bevins and Julio Catano-Yee. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Sean Ewing







3. Outstanding Supporting Actress Play


Nemuna Ceesay with Debra Jo Rupp and Virginia Vale in The Cake. Photo Carolyn Brown.







4. Outstanding Supporting Actor Play


John Hadden as Arnold in "HIR".
Photo by Eloy Garcia







5. Outstanding Lead Actor Musical


George Dvorsky as Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks with Corinne Tork as Grace Farrell, and Annabel Feigen as Annie. Photo Credit: Sarah Kozma







6. Outstanding Lead Actress Musical


Addie Morales

Addie Morales as Maria and Will Branner as Tony in "West Side Story."
Photo by Daniel Rader.







7. Outstanding Lead Actress Play


Annette Miller

Annette Miller as Katherine in "Mothers and Sons." Photo by Eloy Garcia.







8. Outstanding Lead Actor Play


Hoon Lee as Harry in "Seared." Photo Daniel Rader.

Hoon Lee







9. Outstanding Ensemble Production



Joel Ripka, James Barry,
and Paul Pontrelli

in "The Aliens"

at Chester Theatre Company.
Photo by Elizabeth Solaka







10.  Outstanding Solo Play


Danielle Skraastad

Danielle Skraastad as the Homebody.
Photo: B. Docktor Photography







11. Outstanding Director Musical


"West Side Story" at Barrington Stage Company.
Photo Daniel Rader.

Julianne Boyd







12. Outstanding Director Play


Annette Miller, Bill Mootos, David Gow and Hayden Hoffman in "Mothers and Sons."
Photo by Eloy Garcia.

James Warwick







13. Outstanding Scenic Design


One of Kristen Robinson's sets for the Barrington Stage Company production of "West Side Story." Photo Daniel Rader.







14. Outstanding Costume Design


Arnie Burton, Laura Michelle Kelly, Hayley Podschun, Harriet Harris, Holly Ann Butler, Will Swenson & Kathryn Fitzgerald in costumes
by Alejo Vietti for "The Royal Family of Broadway."


Alejo Vietti







15. Outstanding Lighting Design


Lap Chi Chu


Samira Wiley as Pretty Mbane in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "Dangerous House." Lighting design by Lap Chi Chu. Photo Carolyn Brown.







16. Outstanding Sound Design


Fabian Obispo


Palmer Hefferan







17. Outstanding Choreography


Sarah Crane, Magdalena Rodriguez, Skyler Volpe, Tamrin Goldberg, and Jerusha Cavazos in the Barrington Stage Company production of "West Side Story" choreographed by Robert La Fosse.
Photo by Daniel Rader.


Choreographer Robert La Fosse







18. Outstanding NEW Play


Alfie Fuller as Noxolo and Michael Braun as Gregory in Jen Silverman's "Dangerous House."
Photo Sarah Sutton.


Playwright Jen Silverman







19. Outstanding NEW Musical

  • Lempicka - Book and Lyrics by Carson Kreitzer; Music by Matt Gould, directed by Rachel Chavkin - Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Royal Family of Broadway - Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Music and Lyrics by William Finn, directed by Joshua Bergasse - Barrington Stage
  • Coming Back Like a Song - by Lee Kalcheim. Songs by Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen and their collaborators. Directed by Gregg Edelman - Berkshire Theatre Group


Philip Hoddman as Harold Arlen, David Rasche as Jimmy Van Heusen, and David Garrison as Irving Berlin in Lee Kalcheim's “Coming Back Like A Song!”
Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware








20. Outstanding Musical Production


Sean Ewing, Tyler Hanes, and the cast of Barrington Stage Company's production of "West Side Story."
Photo by Daniel Rader.


Julianne Boyd







21. Outstanding Play Production


Hoon Lee as Harry and W. Tré Davis as Rodney in Theresa Rebeck's "Seared" at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Photo Daniel Rader.


Playwright Theresa Rebeck







2018 Awards Night Photos   (Thumbnails)

2018 Awards Night Photos   (slide show)