Third Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards Winners Announced

Williamstown Theatre Festival and Barrington Stage Company Take Top Honors

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. Nominees represented theatres in Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, and Connecticut.

(All photos in the slideshow below were taken by David Dashiell.)

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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.

2018 Berkshire Theatre Awards (winners appear in Boldface)

  1. Outstanding Supporting Actress Musical
  1. Outstanding Supporting Actor Musical
  1. Outstanding Supporting Actress Play
  1. Outstanding Supporting Actor Play
  1. Outstanding Lead Actor Musical
  1. Outstanding Lead Actress Musical
  • Addie Morales as Maria – West Side Story – Barrington Stage
  • Harriet Harris as Fanny Cavendish – Royal Family of Broadway – Barrington Stage
  • Laura Michelle Kelly as Julie Cavendish –Royal Family of Broadway – Barrington Stage
  • Andrea Prestinario as Alison Bechdel – Fun Home – Weston Playhouse
  1. Outstanding Lead Actress Play
  1. Outstanding Lead Actor Play
  1. Outstanding Ensemble Production

Joel Ripka, James Barry, and Paul Pontrelli in “The Aliens” at Chester Theatre Company. Photo by Elizabeth Solaka

  1.  Outstanding Solo Play
  1. Outstanding Director Musical
  1. Outstanding Director Play
  1. Outstanding Scenic Design
  1. Outstanding Costume Design
  1. Outstanding Lighting Design
  1. Outstanding Sound Design – TIE
  • Daniel Kluger – The Sound Inside – Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Fabian Obispo – The Chinese Lady– Barrington Stage
  • Rider Q. Stanton – Ring of Fire – Capital Repertory Theatre
  • Palmer Hefferan – Dangerous House – Williamstown Theatre Festival
  1. Outstanding Choreography
  1. Outstanding NEW Play
  1. 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
  1. Outstanding Musical Production
  1. Outstanding Play Production
  • Creditors by August Strindberg, adapted by David Greig. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi –Shakespeare and Co.
  • Mothers and Sons by Terence McNally. Directed by James Warwick – Shakespeare and Co.
  • Dangerous House by Jen Silverman, directed by Saheem Ali – Williamstown Theatre Festival
  • Seared by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. Williamstown Theatre Festival

    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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