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The First Award Nominations: The Lucille Lortel’s

The First Award Nominations: The Lucille Lortel’s

The Off-Broadway League announced their nominations for the 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway. The Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST. This year’s event will benefit The Actors Fund.

A breakfast reception honoring the nominees will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street, New York).

The Off-Broadway League’s Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Terry Byrne, Denise Cooper, Margaret Cotter, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Michael Page, Catherine Russell, Lindsey Sag, and Seth Shepsle) produces the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman returns to direct the Lortel Awards for the seventh consecutive year. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Members of the general public are welcome to view the 7:00 PM ceremony. Public tickets are $75.00 and will be available starting Thursday, March 31, 2016, via phone at 212.998.4941, online at www.nyuskirball.org and in person at the Skirball Center’s Shagan Box Office (556 LaGuardia) from Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 6 PM, and two hours before showtime.

The stars are who T2C picks as the winner from this list.

2016 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Outstanding Play

The Christians: Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group Written by Lucas Hnath

Eclipsed

* Eclipsed: Produced by The Public Theater Written by Danai Gurira

Gloria Produced by Vineyard Theatre Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Guards at the Taj Produced by Atlantic Theater Company Written by Rajiv Joseph

John Produced by Signature Theatre Written by Annie Baker

Outstanding Musical

FUTURITY Produced by Soho Rep. and Ars Nova in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps, Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

Iowa Produced by Playwrights Horizons Written by Jenny Schwartz, Music by Todd Almond, Lyrics by Todd Almond and Jenny Schwartz

Annette O'Toole

*Southern Comfort Produced by The Public Theater Book and Lyrics by Dan Collins, Music by Julianne Wick Davis, Based on the Film by Kate Davis, Conceived for the Stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso

Tappin’ Thru Life Produced by Leonard Soloway, Bud Martin, Riki Kane Larimer, Jeff Wolk, Phyllis and Buddy Aerenson, Darren P. DeVerna/Jeremiah J. Harris and the Shubert Organization Written by Maurice Hines

The Wildness: Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale Produced by Ars Nova in collaboration with The Play Company Text by Kyle Jarrow & Lauren Worsham, Songs by Kyle Jarrow

Outstanding Revival

‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore Produced by Red Bull Theater Written by John Ford

Cloud Nine Produced by Atlantic Theater Company Written by Caryl Churchill

Mother Courage And Her Children Produced by Classic Stage Company Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by John Willett

The Robber Bridegroom Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Daryl Roth Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman

*Women Without Men Produced by Mint Theater Company Written by Hazel Ellis

Outstanding Solo Show

*The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey Produced by Darren Bagert, Daryl Roth, Co-Produced by Jane Dubin, Curtis Forsythe, Michael Mayer, Diane Procter, Seaview Productions and Minerva Productions/Joshua Goodman Written and Performed by James Lecesne

Forever Produced by New York Theatre Workshop Created and Performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Grounded Produced by The Public Theater Written by George Brant Performed by Anne Hathaway

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes Produced by Mike Berkowitz, Joseph Birbiglia, Ron Delsener and Mike Lavoie Written and Performed by Mike Birbiglia

Outstanding Director

*Rachel Chavkin, The Royale

Anne Kauffman, Marjorie Prime

Amy Morton, Guards at the Taj

Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed

Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Outstanding Choreographer

Alexandra Beller, Bedlam’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers

*Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life

Paul McGill, The Legend of Georgia McBride

David Neumann, FUTURITY

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play

Denis Arndt, Heisenberg

Reed Birney, The Humans

*Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son

Andrew Garman, The Christians

Ed Harris, Buried Child

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play

Ito Aghayere, Familiar

*Georgia Engel, John

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans

Chinasa Ogbuagu, Sojourners

Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical

Gabriel Ebert, Preludes

Michael C. Hall, Lazarus

*Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life

Michael Luwoye, Invisible Thread

Steven Pasquale, The Robber Bridegroom

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical

Sophia Anne Caruso, Lazarus

Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite

*Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort

Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite

Sammy Tunis, FUTURITY

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play

Sanjit De Silva, Dry Powder

Jonathan Hogan, Hold On To Me Darling

Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Paul Sparks, Buried Child

*C.J. Wilson, Hold On To Me Darling

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play

Alana Arenas, Head of Passes

Lauren Klein, The Humans

Jeanine Serralles, Gloria

*Lois Smith, John

Myra Lucretia Taylor, Familiar

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical

Greg Hildreth, The Robber Bridegroom

*Jeffrey Kuhn, Southern Comfort

Or Matias, Preludes

Chris Sarandon, Preludes

Kevin Zak, Clinton the Musical

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical

Eisa Davis, Preludes

Karen Kandel, FUTURITY

Leslie Kritzer, Gigantic

*Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom

Annie McNamara, Iowa

Outstanding Scenic Design

Mimi Lien, John

Timothy R. Mackabee, Guards at the Taj

G.W. Mercier, Head of Passes

*Emily Orling and Matt Saunders, FUTURITY

David Zinn, The Humans

Outstanding Costume Design

Martha Hally, Women Without Men

*Toni-Leslie James, First Daughter Suite

Clint Ramos, Eclipsed

Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Donna Zakowska, Angel Reapers

Outstanding Lighting Design

Christopher Akerlind, Grounded

*Mark Barton, John

Ben Stanton, The Legend of Georgia McBride

Justin Townsend, The Humans

David Weiner, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Sound Design

*Matt Hubbs, The Royale

Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the Taj

Fitz Patton, The Humans

Will Pickens, Grounded

Bray Poor, Buzzer

SPECIAL AWARDS

Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience 

Angel Reapers By Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry Produced by Signature Theatre

Peter Nigrini, Projection Design, Grounded

HONORARY AWARDS

Lifetime Achievement Award

James Houghton

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee

Suzan-Lori Parks

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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