Nominations are out for 2016 AUDELCOs

Linda Armstrong | 11/10/2016, midnight
Nominations for this year’s AUDELCO Awards, the “VIVs” as they are affectionately called, after late founder Vivian Robinson, were recently ...

Three productions are tied with three nominations. “DOT” a Vineyard Theater production is up for Production of the Year; Playwright, Colman Domingo and Lead Actress, Marjorie Johnson. “The Piano Lesson” from the Gallery Players is up for Best Revival; Lead Actor, Jahi Kassa Taquara; and Supporting Actor, Kim Sullivan. “Mother Courage and Her Children” from Classic Stage Company is up for Best Revival; Lead Actress, Kecia Lewis; and Supporting Actor, Michael Potts.

Three dramas are tied with two nominations each and they are “Proof,” “Eclipsed” and “Blood at the Root.” “Proof,” a production of Quick Silver Theater/Classics in Color Theater Company, is nominated for Best Revival and Outstanding Ensemble Performance. “Eclipsed” is nominated for Outstanding Ensemble Performance and Director/Dramatic Production, Liesl Tommy. “Blood at the Root,” a production of the National Black Theater, is nominated for Lighting Design, Nathan Hawkins/William Kenyon and Sound Design, Liz Sokolak.

Eighteen shows have been nominated for one VIV. In the category of Solo Performances there are “Mabel Madness” starring Trezana Beverley, “Motherstruck!” starring Staceyann Chin, “The Diary of An Afro Goddess” starring Cherie Danielle, “Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story” starring Tommie J. Moore, “Pryor Truth” starring Khalil Muhammad and “Sugar Ray” starring Reginald L. Wilson. In the category of Best Revival, we have, “In the Heights” from Harlem Repertory Theater, “In White America” from New Federal Theater and “Walk Hard” from Metropolitan Playhouse. In Outstanding Ensemble Performance, the VIV nominees are “A Lovely Malfunction” from the Negro Ensemble Company, “Barbecue” from The Public Theater, “but I did only whisper” from The Flea and “Timeless: The Mystery of the Dark Water” from Black Spectrum Theater. In the Lead Actor category “Richard III” has R.J. Foster nominated, and “Turn Me Loose” has Joe Morton nominated. In the category of Supporting Actress, Vinie Burrows is nominated for “I Will Look Forward to This Later,” and Linda Powell is nominated for “The Christians.” Finally, “The Fall of Kings” got one nomination in the category of Supporting Actor for David Roberts.

The AUDELCO Awards will be held Nov. 21 at Symphony Space in Manhattan. Plan to come out and support these shows and theatrical professionals as they are recognized for their phenomenal work. The AUDELCO Awards have the feel of a family reunion. Come out and reunite with your theater family. It promises to be a marvelous evening.