Bard on the Beach garnered fifteen and Pacific Theatre walked way with fourteen nominations for this year’s Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
Eight of the nominations for Pacific Theatre were for the company’s production of The Seafarer including Outstanding Production and nominations for both Ron Reed and John Emmet Tracy in the Outstanding Lead Actor category. The company also received six nominations for its production of The Foreigner. The Arts Club Theatre Company received a total of 13 nominations with Armstrong’s War leading with a total of five including Outstanding Original Script. The musical, Floyd Collins produced by Patrick Street Productions, received five nominations, along with one for Out of a Dream.
In the Small Theatre Category a total of 19 theatre companies are nominated with a total of 22 productions. ITSAZOO Productions presentation of Killer Joe took the lead with a total of seven nominations including Outstanding Direction, Production, Set Design, and Supporting Actor categories. Realwheels Theatre received a total of six nominations for Whose Life Is It Anyway including Outstanding Production, with Bob Frazer nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role and John Cooper for Outstanding Direction. Hardline Productions also received recognition with a total of seven nominations for their productions of Of Mice and Men and Bug.
Drew Facey received an impressive seven nominations, the most by a single individual. He received four out of the five nominations in Outstanding Set Design in the Large Theatre category and in the Small Theatre Category he earned one for Set Design and two for Costume Design.
In the Theatre for Young Audiences category, Carousel Theatre for Young People garnered a total of ten nominations with six going to Busytown and three to Wondrous Tales of Old Japan. Théâtre La Seizième’s production of Extra Celeste and Presentation House Theatre’s Jack and the Bean both garnered four nominations each.
Winners were announced during the awards ceremony on June 23.