THE LIST OF HELEN HAYES AWARD NOMINEES IN YESTERDAY'S STYLE SECTION INADVERTENTLY OMITTED TWO CATEGORIES. THE FIELD FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A RESIDENT PLAY INCLUDES WALLACE ACTON FOR "HENRY VI," WALLACE ACTON FOR "VOLPONE," PHILIP GOODWIN FOR "VOLPONE," DONALD GRIFFIN FOR "TWO TRAINS RUNNING," J. FRED SHIFFMAN FOR "THE MISER," AND TED VAN GRIETHUYSEN FOR "VOLPONE." FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A RESIDENT PRODUCTION, THE NOMINEES ARE HELEN CAREY FOR "VOLPONE," MARY TERESA FORTUNA FOR "QUILLS," DEIDRIE N. HENRY FOR "BLUES FOR AN ALABAMA SKY," TANA HICKEN FOR "ARCADIA," MEGAN MORGAN FOR "FOUR DOGS AND A BONE," AND LISA NEWMAN- WILLIAMS FOR "\A CHEEVER EVENING." (PUBLISHED 03/21/97)
Arena Stage stands at the head of the class in the 1997 Helen Hayes Award nominations, which were announced last night at a reception at the Canadian Embassy. A total of six Arena productions pulled down 20 nods, but overall the honors were well distributed: Five other Washington theaters scored in double digits.
The Kennedy Center had the second-highest total with 18, followed by the Shakespeare Theatre with 13, Signature Theatre and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with 12 each, and Studio Theatre with 10. The top-scoring individual production was Woolly Mammoth's "Quills" with seven nominations, but four other shows had six each: Arena's "Candide," Signature's "Passion," the Shakespeare's "Volpone" and Interact Theatre Company's "The Mikado."
Arena Artistic Director Douglas C. Wager, heading into his final season at the theater, could have a big night when the awards are given out May 5. He's up for outstanding director of a play for "Arcadia" and outstanding director of a musical for "Candide." In addition, the two productions were nominated for outstanding resident play and outstanding resident musical, respectively.
Interestingly, several Washington theater artists are competing against themselves. Signature's Eric D. Schaeffer won two citations for outstanding director of a musical, for "Passion" and "The Rink," both of which were nominated for outstanding resident musical. (Besides Schaeffer and Wager, the musical director field includes Catherine Flye for "The Mikado" and Marsha A. Jackson-Randolph for Studio's "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom.") Michael Kahn of the Shakespeare Theatre is indirectly opposing himself; two productions he directed, the epic "Henry VI" and the splendidly splenetic "Volpone," are nominated for outstanding resident play. They're up against "Arcadia," Woolly Mammoth's lushly horrifying "Quills" and Studio's graceful, galvanizing "Two Trains Running."
Besides "Passion" and "The Rink," the outstanding resident musical nominees are "Candide," Studio's "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom," "The Mikado" and African Continuum Theatre Company's "Torn From the Headlines."
Nancy Robinette won two nominations for outstanding lead actress, for her eccentric solo turn in "The Obituary Bowl" at Woolly Mammoth and her flustered matriarch in Round House Theatre's "Better Living." And Wallace Acton is opposing himself for outstanding supporting actor with nominations for his scheming sprite Mosca in "Volpone" and his vicious young Richard-soon-to-be-the-Third in "Henry VI," both at the Shakespeare Theatre. Daniel MacLean Wagner is nominated for outstanding lighting for both "Broken Glass" at the Olney Theatre and Signature's "Passion."
Helen Carey won two nominations, but in separate categories -- outstanding supporting actress in "Volpone" and outstanding lead actress in "Henry VI."
Vying against Kahn and Wager for outstanding director of a play are Howard Shalwitz for "Quills," JoAnne Akalaitis for Arena's "Dance of Death" and Joe Banno for "Cymbeline" at Washington Shakespeare Company.
The Kennedy Center dominated the four nonresident categories, taking four of the six nominations for outstanding nonresident production: "Damn Yankees," "Disney's Beauty and the Beast," the Royal Shakespeare Company's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Nomathemba," a co-production with New Jersey's Crossroads Theatre Company. The four are in competition with Woolly Mammoth's "A Huey P. Newton Story" and the Warner Theatre's "Stomp."
The candidates for outstanding lead actor in a resident play form a crowded field. David Fendig is up for his blithe, nitwitty Carr in the Washington Shakespeare Company's "Travesties"; Edward Gero for his depressed husband in Olney's "Broken Glass" (rather than his sullen, ambitious York in "Henry VI"); Floyd King for his charmingly disgusting Marquis de Sade in "Quills"; Howard Shalwitz for his visionary loser in Woolly Mammoth's "The Gigli Concert"; Henry Strozier for his sinisterly amused Captain in "Dance of Death"; Jon Tindle for his unaffected and moving portrayal of a minister's alcoholic wife in Studio's "Talking Heads"; and Jerry Whiddon as the haunted preacher in "An Almost Holy Picture" at the Round House.
Nominated against the two Robinette performances for outstanding lead actress in a resident play are Jane Beard for Round House's "One Shoe Off," Helen Carey for "Henry VI," Pamela Nyberg for Arena's "Blithe Spirit," Phylicia Rashad for Arena's "Blues for an Alabama Sky" and Michelle Shupe for Washington Shakespeare Company's "Cymbeline."
"Whistle Down the Wind," the eagerly awaited Andrew Lloyd Webber musical whose Broadway opening has been postponed indefinitely, received only one nomination, for Irene Malloy as outstanding lead actress in a non-resident production.
As always, there are omissions to ponder. Why was Kahn not chosen for "Volpone"? Why was Philip Goodwin's performance as Henry VI overlooked? Why was Arena Stage's "The Miser" generally shut out (only J. Fred Shiffman's hilarious supporting turn as the possibly insane cook-chauffeur and Rob Milburn's sound made the cut)? Where is actress Sarah Marshall? And yet this year's slate doesn't leave the impression that people have been overlooked. Rather, it seems that there were simply too many outstanding performances, productions and designs for the nominating committee to include them all. Other nominees: OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, RESIDENT MUSICAL
Rebecca Baxter, "Candide," Arena Stage
Sherri L. Edelen, "The Rink," Signature Theatre
Patricia Pearce Gentry, "The Rink," Signature
Anita Hollander, "The Fifth Season," Olney Theatre Center
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Anne Kanengeiser, "Passion," Signature
Eileen Ward, "The Mikado," Interact Theatre Company OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, RESIDENT MUSICAL
Paul Binotto, "Candide," Arena
Lewis Cleale, "Passion," Signature
Steve Cramer, "The Mikado," Interact
D'Monroe, "Torn From the Headlines," the African
Continuum Theatre Company
Thomas W. Jones II, "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom," the
Michael Sharp, "Side by Side by Sondheim," MetroStage CHARLES MACARTHUR AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY
"Amstel in Tel Aviv" by Allyson Currin, Source Theatre
"The Man Who Laughs" by Susan Haedicke, Monica Neagoy and
Didier Rousselet, Le Neon French-American Theatre
"The Obituary Bowl" by Barbara McConagha, Woolly Mammoth
"They Never Said a Word" by Ron O'Leary, the Rose
"Torn From the Headlines" by Jennifer L. Nelson, the
African Continuum OUTSTANDING SUPPORTINGPERFORMER, RESIDENT MUSICAL
Patdro Harris, "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom," Studio
Michael Howell, "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom," Studio
Kate Kiley, "The Mikado," Interact
Dana Krueger, "Candide," Arena
Lawrence Redmond, "The Rink," Signature OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTRESS, NON-RESIDENT PRODUCTION
Micki Grant, "Having Our Say," Kennedy Center
Uta Hagan, "Mrs. Klein," Kennedy Center
Cee-Cee Harshaw, "Nomathemba," Kennedy Center and
Crossroads Theater Company
Irene Malloy, "Whistle Down the Wind," National Theatre
Lizan Mitchell, "Having Our Say," Kennedy Center
Valerie Wright, "Damn Yankees," Kennedy Center OUTSTANDING LEAD ACTOR, NON-RESIDENT PRODUCTION
Frederick C. Inkley, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast,"
Alex Jennings, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Kennedy
Jerry Lewis, "Damn Yankees," Kennedy Center
Bruse McIntosh, "Fixin' to Die: A Visit to the Mind of
Lee Atwater," Church Street Theater
Ntare Mwine, "Nomathemba," Kennedy Center and Crossroads
Roger Guenveur Smith, "A Huey P. Newton Story," Woolly
Mammoth SUPPORTING PERFORMER, NON-RESIDENT PRODUCTION
Desmond Barrit, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," Kennedy
Andrea McArdle, "State Fair," Kennedy Center
Laila Robins, "Mrs. Klein," Kennedy Center
Joseph Shabalala, "Nomathemba," Kennedy Center and
Crossroads Theatre Company
Scott Wise, "State Fair," Kennedy Center OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN, RESIDENT PLAY OR MUSICAL
Scott Burgess, "Quills," Woolly Mammoth
David Maddox, "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay," Theater of
the First Amendment
Rob Milburn, "The Miser," Arena
Bruce Odland, "Dance of Death," Arena
Dan Schrader, "Cymbeline," Washington Shakespeare Company OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN, RESIDENT PLAY OR MUSICAL
Zack Brown, "Candide," Arena
Martin Pakledinaz, "Volpone," Shakespeare
Rosemary Pardee, "The Mikado," Interact
Robin Stapley, "Quills," Woolly Mammoth
Paul Tazewell, "Blithe Spirit," Arena
Andrew V. Yelusich, "All's Well That Ends Well,"
Shakespeare OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN, RESIDENT PLAY OR MUSICAL
Ayun Fedorcha, "La Chunga," GALA Hispanic Theatre
James F. Ingalls, "Antony and Cleopatra," Shakespeare
Marianne Meadows, "Quills," Woolly Mammoth
Jennifer Tipton, "Dance of Death," Arena
Daniel MacLean Wagner, "Broken Glass," Olney Theatre
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Daniel MacLean Wagner, "Passion," Signature OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN, RESIDENT PLAY OR MUSICAL
John Conklin, "Dance of Death," Arena
Daniel Conway, "subUrbia," Studio
James Kronzer, "Broken Glass," Olney
Lou Stancari, "Passion," Signature
Michael Yeargan, "Antony and Cleopatra," Shakespeare CAPTION: Thomas W. Jones II in his Studio Theatre production of "Hip 2: Birth of the Boom," which is up for five Helen Hayes Awards. CAPTION:Double nominee Nancy Robinette with Richard Pilcher in Round House's "Better Living." She was also cited for her work in the "The Obituary Bowl."(Photo ran in an earlier edition)