Last night the awards ceremony for the NY WinterFest took place at The Hudson Guild Theatre, 441 West 26th Street and I have never been more impressed.
I watched the nominees from every category perform and was beyond impressed at the quality of their work. These are playwrights who are starting out or decided that this was their life’s passion and went for it. The actors, many whom were non union were remarkable.
This year at the Winterfest, Robert Williams gave 56 plays, 8 musicals, 37 shorts, 300 actors, 305 actresses and 111 directors, a chance to perform, be seen and reviewed. The festival ran from January to March with 112 productions making it to the stage. Each brought their own unique story, perspective, designs that inspired and captivated their audiences. Each was required to enlist the bravery and inventiveness of live theatre that didn’t rely on special effects, Hollywood stars or huge budgets.
Normally I only show the winner, but I am bolding the winner and leaving the rest of the nominees, because you should know these names and the shows.
The big winner of the night was The Movement by Kathy D. Harrison a cappella musical that chronicles the Children’s March of 1963 in Birmingham, Alabama. Through narrative monologues, original a cappella music that is reflective of the protest songs of the movement; this theatrical piece shows the courage that young people exhibited in an effort to combat racial injustices and inequalities.
A Mist Upon The Window by Nick Rafello, found Charlie struggling with his outlandish mother, Virginia, as he learns she was a pot-smoking hippie that lived in the back of a VW Van with her first husband. All this while he deals with her early onset dementia.
And the winners are:
Best Musical The Movement by Kathy D. Harrison took home $3000
B.F.F by Zoe Nelm
Reflections Off The Water By Jordan Louis Fisher
Alien VS. Musical Book, Music and Lyrics by Erik Przytulskuy
Best Short Play A Mist Upon The Window by Nick Rafellotook home $300
Fast Ugly and Fucked Up by Daniel Rylee Bush
Recipe For A Witch Hunt by Covi Loveridge Brannan
Best Director Kathy D. Harrison from The Movement took home $500
Mary Linehan From the Play -30-
John Lant From the Play B.F.F
Sarah Macdonnell From the Play Silencer
Tyler Spicer From the Musical Alien VS. Musical
Maxine Muster From the play – An Evening With Eva -Waiting for Adolf
Nadine Reumer From the play – Recipe For A Witch Hunt
Lily Lewinter From the play – Recipe For A Witch Hunt
Covi Loveridge From the play – Recipe For A Witch Hunt
Best Actor John Carhart From the play – A Mist Upon The Windowr took home $500
Michael Donovan From the Play – Ice Water
Benjamin David Knight From the Play – Archive
Jackson Stewart From the play – Milkweed
Patrick Hamilton From the play – Nursery Rhymes
Roderick Garr From the play – The Withering Rose
Best Singers Jermaine Sellers From the Musical – The Movement and Lauren Hendon From the Play – I am split $500. Another tie!
Marcus Beckett From the Musical- The Movement
Deanne Giulietti From the Musical – Reflections Off The Water
Victoria Britt From the Musical – Alien VS. Musical
Rhys Gilyeat From the Musical – Alien VS. Musical
Jocelyn Duford From the Musical – O’Keeffe Paint Paradise
Best Musical Score: William Oxmundon O’Keeffe Paint Paradise took home $300.
Best Creative Play or Musical: Anima Mundii – by Oliver Deamers took home $200.
Best Lighting Design: Joe D’Emilio From the play Aftershocks took home $200.
Best Set Design: Brice Corder From the play Treehouse Of Dreams took home $200.
Best Choreographer: Kathy D. Harrison From the Musical The Movement took home $200.
Best Stage Manager: Aaron A. Watson From the Musical Alien VS. Musical took home $200.