Drag queen wins over crippled king at 2012 Jessie Awards

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Vancouver’s professional theatre community honoured its own Monday night at the annual Jessie Awards, with members of the LGBTQ community taking home a selection of trophies.

Among the bigger winners of the night from the LGBTQ community was Greg Armstrong-Morris who walked away with the award for outstanding performance by an actor in a lead role (large theatre) for his work as Albin/Zaza in the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company production of La Cage aux Folles.

“It’s a great honour and it really does shore up all those insecurities that we carry around with us all the time,” said Armstrong-Morris of his win.  “It is such a concrete token of respect from the community and it truly makes me believe that I am doing what I should be doing and makes it all worthwhile.”

With a small inkling going into the night that he just might walk away with the award, Armstrong-Morris was still in a state of semi-shock the morning after, expressing how incredibly grateful he was for having won against such prestigious company.

“I had a feeling it was going to be either the crippled king or the drag queen,” laughed Armstrong-Morris who acknowledged that he felt it might be a two-way race between him and Bob Frazer who was nominated for his title role in Bard on the Beach’s Richard III.

A bittersweet win for Armstrong-Morris given the recent demise of the theatre company that gave him the opportunity to play the part, he acknowledges how grateful he is to the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and its Artistic Director Max Reimer for having been given this opportunity.

“It does mean something to be Max’s last leading lady at the Playhouse,” he said.

Greg Armstrong-Morris with a bevy of drag queens with his Jessie for outstanding performance by an actor in a lead role.
Greg Armstrong-Morris and friends with his his Jessie Award for outstanding performance by an actor in a lead role.

Other winners in the major categories during Monday night’s ceremony included Meg Roe who took home two statues in the leading actress categories for her work in both Electric Company’s All The Way Home and The Arts Club’s The Penelopiad.  Andrew Wheeler took home the award for outstanding performance by a lead actor (small theatre) for his role for Pacific Theatre’s Re:union.

Direction awards went to Craig Hall for Rumble Production’s Snowman and Kim Collier for Electric Company’s All The Way Home. Awards for outstanding productions went to Patrick Street Productions’ The Light in the Piazza and Electric Company’s All The Way Home.

A complete list of winners from the 30th Annual Jessie Richardson Awards can be found at http://www.jessies.ca.

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