Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson reports:
Sound Theatre was named local theater of the year on Monday night, at the annual Gregory Awards.
Produced by Theatre Puget Sound, a networking and service organization for the region’s theater community, Monday’s Moore Theatre ceremony brought together performers, designers, technicians, managers and others involved in the bountiful local scene, for a raucous party, pep rally and awards gala honoring excellence in Seattle area theater during the 2013-14 season.
The big winner of the year was Sound Theatre, an enterprising, low-budget fringe company which won Gregorys for outstanding supporting actor in a play (Ray Tagavilla, for “A Small Fire”), outstanding actress in a musical (Allison Standley, “The Wild Party”) and best musical production (“The Wild Party”), in addition to the theater of the year prize.
Book-It Repertory Theatre was honored for outstanding play production (“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”), and outstanding direction (Kelly Kitchens, “She’s Come Undone”). And “Black Like Us” by Rachel Atkins, produced by Annex and Brownbox theatres, won the top new play award.
Seattle Repertory Theatre was recognized for the scenic design (by L.B. Morse) and sound/music design (Paul James Prendergast) in “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” and for lead male and female performances in a play (R. Hamilton Wright and Pamela Reed, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”).
Achievements at Village Theatre, Strawberry Theatre Workshop, 5th Avenue Theatre, ACT Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, and Printer’s Devil Theatre were also honored.
Theater Schmeater managing director Roger Huston and artistic director Doug Staley received the Melissa Hines Annual Impact Award, for their yeoman efforts in locating and creating a new Belltown home for the hardy fringe company. The 2014 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award went Joyce Degenfelder, a respected wigmaker who has produced hundreds of wigs for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Pacific Northwest Ballet and many other arts organizations.
The 2014 Gregorys were chosen by members of Theatre Puget Sound, who cast votes from a slate of nominations. The nominations were based on the tabulated scores of a large group of nominators, sent out to review dozens of local productions. A complete list of this year’s winners is here: gregoryawards.com.
Correction: This item was corrected on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. In an earlier version, Theater Schmeater’s Roger Huston was misidentified.