Nominations announced for 45th AUDELCO Awards

Linda Armstrong | 10/19/2017, 3:55 p.m.
The word is out for the nominees of the 45th annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Awards, which recognize excellence in Black ...
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Another six productions have two nominations: “And She Would Stand Like This,” “Daughters of the Mock,” “Party People,” “The Skin of Our Teeth,” “Venus” and “Zora Neale Hurston.” “And She Would Stand Like This” is nominated for choreography—Kia LaBeija and lighting design—Brian Tovar. “Daughters of the Mock” from the Negro Ensemble Company is nominated for best revival and outstanding ensemble performance. “Party People” is nominated for choreography—Millicent Johnnie and lighting design—Marcus Doshi. “The Skin of Our Teeth,” is up for lead actress—Kecia Lewis and set design—Ricardo Hernandez. “Venus” is nominated for lead actress— Zainab Jah and costume design—Emilio Sosa. “Zora Neale Hurston” from New Federal Theatre is nominated for best revival and lead actress—Elizabeth Van Dyke.

Nominated in the solo performance category is Anna Deavere Smith for “Notes From The Field,” Timothy Simonson for “Adam,” Ingrid Griffith for “Demerera Gold,” Malik Work for “Verses at Work,” and Sarah Jones for “Sell/Buy/Date.”

Productions with a single nomination are plentiful and include “A Raisin In The Sun,” from the Harlem Repertory Theatre, nominated for best revival. “Two Trains Running,” from Black Spectrum Theatre Company, is also nominated for best revival. “Marie And Rosetta” from Atlantic Theater Company is nominated for outstanding ensemble performance. “Cabaret” is nominated for outstanding

performance in a musical, male—Larry Owens. “Coriolarius” is nominated for lead actor—Dion Johnstone. “Cost of Living” is nominated for lead actor—Victor Williams. “Dolphins and Sharks” is nominated for supporting actress—Pernell Walker. “Man from Nebraska” is nominated for supporting actress—Nana Mensah. “Martin Luther on Trial,” is nominated for supporting actor—Jamil A.C. Mangan. “Master Harold …and the Boys,” is nominated for supporting actor—Leon Addison Brown. “Othello” is nominated for lead actor—David Oyelowo. “Sweeney Todd” is nominated for outstanding performance in a musical, male—Norm Lewis. “Sweet Charity” is nominated for outstanding performance in a musical, female—Asmeret Ghebremichael. “Sweetee” is nominated for outstanding performance in a musical, male—Jelani Aladdin. “The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World,” is nominated for costume design—Montana Blanco. “The Emperor Jones” is nominated for lead actor—Obi Abili. “Yen” is nominated for lead actor—Justin Smith.

In addition to the nominees, this year’s AUDELCO Awards have the theme “Making History—Black Joy,” and AUDELCO will be honoring the cast of “Jitney,” which played on Broadway recently, along with the show’s director Ruben Santiago-Hudson with a “Making History Award.” In bringing “Jitney” to Broadway, Santiago-Hudson made history because he succeeded in getting the last of August Wilson’s 10-play series to Broadway. This year’s AUDELCO Awards will have as honorary co-chairs Sheryl Lee Ralph, who recently starred in “Wicked” on Broadway, and Chuck Cooper, currently starring in “Prince of Broadway.” Honorary co-hosts will be Broadway actress Brenda Braxton and George Faison, Tony Award-winning choreographer and founder of the Firehouse Theatre. Special Pioneer Awards will go to Thelma Pollard and Ishmeal Reed. Outstanding Achievement Awards will go to playwrights Dominique Morriseau and Lynn Nottage. Special Achievement Awards will be presented to Dale Ricardo Shields and A. Curtis Farrow. Board of Director Awards will be presented to Camille Billops, James Hatch and John D. Smith. The Rising Star Award will go to Jordan Tyson, who starred in “Sweetee.” The Obediah Dance Company will perform at the 45th anniversary.