Few surprises in Jessie nominations

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As regulars to GayVancouver.Net know, we have the privilege of seeing dozens of local theatre productions each year.  The highlight for Vancouver’s professional theatre companies are the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.  In a ceremony today, the nominees for the 29th edition of the awards were announced.

Tear The Curtain!From my count, leading the way in the Large Theatre category are the Arts Club Theatre Company with some 35 nominations.  The Vancouver Playhouse and Bard on the Beach each garnered nine nominations and Gateway Theatre two for its production of The Forbidden Phoenix.

The Arts Club’s Tear The Curtain (photo right) leads with nominations in ten categories and while missing a nomination for outstanding production did receive one for its director Kim Collier.

The Arts Club’s 39 Steps and August: Osage County received the nod in six categories each, followed by five nominations for Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing. These three shows join the Arts Club’s The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee and Glengarry Glen Ross in the Large Theatre outstanding production category.

In the Small Theatre categories, Pacific Theatre garnered nine nominations between Playland and My Name is Asher Lev.  The one2theatre production of The Busy World is Hushed and Main Street Theatre’s production of A Lie of the Mind each took home six nominations followed by five for Glass City Theatre’s production of Jesus Hopped the “A” Train.

Small Theatre outstanding production nods went to The Busy World is Hushed, Jesus Hopped the “A” Train, A Lie of the Mind, Playland and Alley Theatre’s Tape.

Gay playwright Dave Deveau is nominated in the outstanding original script category for My Funny Valentine along with Don QuixoteThe Patron Saint of Stanley Park and Tear The Curtain. The Zee Zee Theatre production of My Funny Valentine was also nominated for outstanding lighting design and outstanding set design in the Small Theatre category.

Nominations in the Theatre For Young Audiences category were split between Green Thumb Theatre and Carousel Theatre.

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The 29th Annual Jessie Richardson Awards
Commodore Ballroom
20 June 2011

Tickets are available online or by calling 1-8555-985-5000.  Visit http://www.jessies.ca for a complete list of nominees and more information.

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