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October 29, 2013 at 9:27 PM
From Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson:
Theatre Puget Sound’s annual Gregory Awards for Seattle theater achievements were bestowed on Monday night, at a gala ceremony held at the Neptune Theatre. Voted by members of the local theater association Theatre Puget Sound, the Gregorys are awarded to both individuals and companies in more than a dozen categories. Balagan Theatre led the pack this year as the recipient of five awards.
The prize for outstanding drama production in the 2012-13 theater season went to “August: Osage County,” produced by Balagan Theatre, with Shawn Belyea claiming the top directing prize. Village Theatre’s “Chicago” was named outstanding musical production, and ”Undo” by Seattle writer Holly Arsenault took the outstanding new play Gregory. Lead actor prizes for drama went to G. Valmont Thomas (“Master Harold and the Boys”) Shellie Shulkin (“August: Osage County”). Lead actors in a musical: Jerick Hoffer (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), and Patti Cohenour (“Grey Gardens”).
Capitol Hill’s Annex Theatre was named theater of the year. And Laura Campbell, marketing manager of Centerstage in Federal Way, received the Melissa Hines Award for outstanding theater practitioner. The Gregory Awards are named in honor of Gregory A. Falls (1922-1997), a former chair of the UW School of Drama, who is often credited with creating Seattle’s vibrant theater scene.
September 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM
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
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