From Misha Berson, Seattle Times theater critic:
Mary Ewald, a leading Seattle actress, and her director husband, New City Theatre founder-artistic director John Kazanjian, are the recipients of the 2013 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award. The prize is bestowed annually by Theatre Puget Sound to individuals who have made important, sustained contributions to the Seattle theater scene.
Ewald and Kazanjian met in college, married and moved to Seattle in 1982. While Ewald worked as a member of the resident acting company at Intiman Theatre, Kazanjian started New City Theater, which the two continue to run. New City has been dedicated to developing and presenting adventuresome contemporary plays and performance pieces by such noted experimental dramatists as Richard Foreman, Wally Shawn, Maria Irene Fornes, Caryl Churchill and many others.
Though Ewald has won praise for her powerful acting with numerous companies and Kazanjian has directed at various theaters, the couple collaborate frequently at New City’s current home, a pair of 18th Avenue storefronts on Capitol Hill. Kazanjian has staged many works featuring Ewald, among them recent, acclaimed versions of Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days” and Tony Kushner’s “Homebody.”
The couple’s artistic dedication and perseverance over three decades, despite the ebb and flow of arts funding, make them a natural choice for the Falls Award. So does their willingness to experiment with new theatrical forms and push the boundaries of conventional drama, while raising two daughters and keeping their company vital.
The award will be presented to them during the 2013 Gregory Awards ceremony, which honors an array of local theater achievements. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. Information: www.gregoryawards.org