Fourth Annual Berkshire Theatre Awards Presented

Mac-Haydn Theatre and Shakespeare & Company Take Top Honors

PITTSFIELD, MA (November 12, 2019) – At an SRO ceremony held at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, the Board of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association (BTCA) presented the Berkshire Theatre Awards on the evening of Monday, November 11, 2019. This was the fourth year the awards have been presented to honor and celebrate the excellence and diversity of theatre in the greater Berkshire region.

The 2019 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.

Critics J. Peter Bergman and Macey Levin once again hosted the ceremony, which saw top honors for Outstanding Play Production go to the Shakespeare & Company’s production of Suzan-Lori Park’s Topdog/Underdog, and Ragtime take home the award for Outstanding Musical Production for the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Robert Bruyr, Equity Stage Manager and a Union contract negotiator and representative, asked the crowd to acknowledge the excellent work of the many stage managers who work in regional theatres.

This year’s ceremony featured musical and Shakespearean performances by nominees David Joseph (Times Stands Still at Shakespeare & Company) and Greg Boover (Twelfth Night at Shakepeare & Company), and musical selections by Monica M. Wemitt, Rachel Rhodes-Devey and Gabe Belyeu from the Mac-Haydn Theatre

John Saunders was named Outstanding Director of a Musical for his work on Ragtime at the Mac-Haydn, and Regge Life was named Outstanding Director of a Play for Topdog/Underdog at Shakespeare & Company.

Tara Franklin took home the award for Outstanding Solo Performance for On the Exhale, directed by Colette Robert and presented at the Chester Theatre Company.

The Larry Murray Award for Community Outreach and Support through Theater went to Tina Packer, Founder of Shakespeare & Company, for her decades of work bringing theatre and theatre education to the Berkshire community. The recipient of this award, named in honor of the late Larry Murray, BTCA founder, is selected by the Board of the BTCA. Packer spoke briefly about her joy at receiving this special award and her long residence in the Berkshires.

2019 Berkshire Theatre Critics Association Awards

(Winners in BOLD)

  1. Outstanding Solo Performance

Tara Franklin – On The ExhaleChester Theatre Company

Steven Patterson – ShylockBridge Street Theatre

Jayne Atkinson – AnnWAM Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical (Tie)

Maya Cuevas – Sarah – RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Monica Wemett – Carmen Bernstein –CurtainsMacHaydn Theatre

Dorcas Leung – Little Red –Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Amy Fiebke – Betty – The Great American Trailer Park MusicalTheater Barn

 

  1. Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play

Cloteal L. Horne – Mistress Quickly – The Merry Wives of WindsorShakespeare & Company

Mary Stout – Herda – Gertrude and ClaudiusBarrington Stage Company

Mandi Madsen – Ruth – Raisin in the SunWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Elizabeth Aspenlieder – Ellen – The Waverly GalleryShakespeare & Company

Laura Jordan – Holly – If I ForgetBarrington Stage Company

 

  1. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical

Rob Brinkmann – Jud Fry – Oklahoma!MacHaydn Theatre

Sam Heldt – Felix Cushman – Fall SpringsBarrington Stage Company

Kevin Toniazzo-Naughton – Prince Charming – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Pepe Nufrio – Prince – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Clay Singer – Jack – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

 

  1. Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play

Arnie Burton – Ron – Before the MeetingWilliamstown Theatre Festival

James Barry – Doc – The Night AliveChester Theatre Company

Robert Zuckerman – Lou Fischer – If I ForgetBarrington Stage Company

David Gow – Daniel – The Waverly GalleryShakespeare & Company

Gregory Boover – Feste – Twelfth NightShakespeare & Company

 

  1. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Rachel Rhodes-Devey – Mother – RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Ellen Harvey – Beverly Cushman – Fall SpringsBarrington Stage Company

Amanda Lea LaVergne – Polly – Crazy For YouSharon Playhouse

Mara Davi – Baker’s Wife – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Mary Stout – Sister Mary Regina – NunsenseSharon Playhouse

 

  1. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Gabe Belyeu – Tateh – RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Colin Pritchard – Lt. Cioffi – CurtainsMacHaydn Theatre

Mykal Kilgore – Witch – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Jonathan Raviv – The Baker – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Justin Boccitto – Bobby – Crazy For YouSharon Playhouse

 

  1. Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Deidre O’Connell – Gail – Before the MeetingWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Jennifer Van Dyck – Stevie – The Goat. . . – Berkshire Theatre Group

Diane Prusha – Hazel – The ChildrenShakespeare & Company

Andrea Syglowski – Megan – DigDorset Theatre Festival

Lilli Hokama – Margie – Now Circa ThenChester Theatre Company

 

  1. Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

David Adkins – Martin – The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? – Berkshire Theatre Group

David Joseph – James Dodd – Time Stands StillShakespeare & Company

Luke Hofmaier – Gideon – Now Circa ThenChester Theatre Company

Anthony Crane – Michael – If I ForgetBarrington Stage Company

Andre Braugher – Smokey – A Human Being, Of a SortWilliamstown Theatre Festival

 

  1. Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Tie)

America Version 2.1 . . . Barrington Stage Company

WorkingBerkshire Theatre Group

Time Flies and Other ComediesBarrington Stage Company

The Brothers SizeAncram Opera House

Topdog/UnderdogShakespeare & Company

 

  1. Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical

Christopher and Justin Swader – DigDorset Theatre Festival

Brian Prather – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Mark Wendland – Before the MeetingWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Lee Savage – Private LivesDorset Theatre Festival

Lawrence E. Moten III – A Human Being, Of A SortWilliamstown Theatre Festival

 

  1. Outstanding Costume Design of a Play or Musical

Jen Caprio – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Sara Jean Tosetti – Gertrude and ClaudiusBarrington Stage Company

Elivia Bovenzi – Time Flies and Other ComediesBarrington Stage Company

Kiki Smith – The Merry Wives of WindsorShakespeare & Company

 

  1. Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play or Musical

Sherrice Mojgani – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Lara Dubin – Lady RandyWAM Theatre

Matthew Adelson – Curve of DepartureChester Theatre Company

John Sowle – The LettersBridge Street Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Sound Design of a Play or Musical

Beth Lake – Selling KabulWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Matt Kraus – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

Nathan Schilz – Oklahoma!MacHaydn Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Choreography

Sebastiani Romagnolo – RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Justin Boccitto – Crazy For YouSharon Playhouse

Sebastiani Romagnolo – GreaseMacHaydn Theatre

Freddy Ramirez – The Full MontyCapital Repertory Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Direction of a Musical

John Saunders – RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Joe Colarco – Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

James Barry – WorkingBerkshire Theatre Group

Randal Myler – Rock and Roll ManBerkshire Theatre Group

Maggie Mancinelli-Cahill – The Full MontyCapital Repertory Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Direction of a Play

Regge Life – Topdog/UnderdogShakespeare & Company

David Auburn – The Skin of Our TeethBerkshire Theatre Group

Keira Naughton – Curve of DepartureChester Theatre Company

Theresa Rebeck – DigDorset Theatre Festival

James Warwick – The ChildrenShakespeare & Company

Eric Hill – The Goat,. . . – Berkshire Theatre Group

 

  1. Outstanding New Musical

    (removed from consideration)

 

  1. Outstanding New Play

Dig by Theresa Rebeck – Dorset Theatre Festival

Before the Meeting by Adam Bock – Williamstown Theatre Festival

America v.2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro by Stacey Rose –
Barrington Stage Company

Selling Kabul by Sylvia Khoury – Williamstown Theatre Festival

Lucy’s Wedding by Randolyn Zinn – The Living Room Theatre

 

  1. Outstanding Production of a Musical

RagtimeMacHaydn Theatre

Into the WoodsBarrington Stage Company

WorkingBerkshire Theatre Group

Crazy For YouSharon Playhouse

 

  1. Outstanding Production of a Play

Topdog/UnderdogShakespeare & Company

Before the MeetingWilliamstown Theatre Festival

The Brothers SizeAncram Opera House

The Skin of Our TeethBerkshire Theatre Group

America, v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro
Barrington Stage Company

Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod – Dorset Theatre Festival

 

  1. Outstanding Production running FEWER than 6 performances

Don PasqualeBerkshire Opera Festival

BreakwaterGreat Barrington Public Theater

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