Portland Playhouse's <i>The Light in the Piazza</i>
Image: Brud Giles
The passion of Portland Playhouse's The Light in the Piazza was incendiary, burning through five awards, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Goldsmith, left.
The last two days have been a nonstop party for Portland’s theater community. On Sunday night, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival–commissioned All the Way won two Tonys for its Broadway production—one for Best Play and one for Best Actor for its lead, Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame. The Tonys were the cherries on the cake, as the play about LBJ, directed by OSF’s artistic director Bill Rauch both in Ashland and on Broadway, has been wracking up awards left and right, starting with the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History in February 2013, and going on to almost a complete run of Best Play and Best Actor categories at the various New York awards (Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, etc.).

Then last night, Portland’s theater community turned out in gowns and three-piece suits for the Drammys, Portland’s spin on the Tonys (and the most fabulously fashioned local awards ceremony—makes one wonder how many wardrobe closets were pillaged Sunday afternoon!). As host, local actor and national YouTube proposal–celeb Isaac Lamb kept the mood jovial (when John Ellingson toasted the recent gay marriage ruling for making his union possible in his Special Design Speech, Lamb quipped “How many hits do you have?”). And the booze, the jokes, and the accents flowed freely (although the air conditioning distinctly did not), as the packed, sweltering room celebrated the year’s best performers and productions.

Portland Playhouse dominated both the musical and play categories with eight awards total. The excellent The Light in the Piazza swept five: Production of a Musical, Actress in a Musical (Merideth Kaye Clark), Music Direction (Eric Nordin), Supporting Actress in a Musical (Jennifer Goldsmith), and Supporting Actor in a Musical (David Meyers). And A Christmas Carol won three: Production of a Play, Ensemble in a Play, and Director of a Play (Cristi Miles).

Blake Peeples in Oregon Childrens' Theatre's <i>Zombie in Love</i>
Image: Owen Carey
Blake Peeples moves as the lead in Oregon Childrens' Theatre's Zombie in Love earned him Best Young Performer.

The other big winner of the night was Oregon Childrens’ Theatre’s Zombie in Love, which took home Original Script (Michelle Elliott), Original Score (Danny Larsen for music and Michelle Elliott for lyrics), Director of a Musical (Marcella Crowson), and Young Performer (Blake Peebles).  I suspect OCT has another The Giver on its hands that will hopefully see future productions the country over. Speaking of, this year's production of The Giver also won OCT Drammys for Properties Design [Drew Dannhorn] and Projection Design [Jeff Kurihara], giving OCT a total of six awards.

Also of note were the Special Theatrical Achievement Award given to Atomic Arts, the team behind the recently concluded five-season run of Trek in the Park, and the Special Achievement Award given to Northwest Classical Theatre Company’s founding artistic director, Grant Turner, who was announced today to be the new co-artistic director of Portland Shakespeare Project (PSP).

Here’s the complete list of nominees and winners. What do you think of the results, theater lovers? What plays and performers do you think were overlooked? Personally, I still can’t believe The Motherf**ker with the Hat didn’t get nominated for at least Ensemble in a Play. A case of cuss-word aversion? And Badass Theatre's Invasion topped most of the local critics' lists of the best of 2013, but only got a nomination for Supporting Actress (a re-mount opens on Wednesday). Others?

 

PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

*A Christmas Carol*
Portland Playhouse

Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

The Quality of Life
Artists Repertory Theatre

 

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Philip Cuomo
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

*CRISTI MILES*
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

Jerry Mouawad
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

Gemma Whelan
A Night in November
corrib theatre

 

ENSEMBLE IN A PLAY
*A Christmas Carol*
Portland Playhouse

Independent Women
Social Sciences Productions

pool (no water)
Theatre Vertigo

Wilde Tales
Shaking the Tree Theatre

 

ACTRESS IN A PLAY (tied for winner)
Dana Green
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Kayla Lian
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

*AMY NEWMAN*
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

*MAUREEN PORTER*
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

 

ACTOR IN A PLAY
Drew Harper
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

Michael Mendelson
The Quality of Life
Artists Repertory Theatre

*ALLEN NAUSE*
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

Tim True
A Bright New Boise
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

 

PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
Fiddler on the Roof
Portland Center Stage

*The Light in the Piazza*
Portland Playhouse

White Christmas
Lakewood Theatre Company

Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Chris Coleman
Fiddler on the Roof
Portland Center Stage

*MARCELLA CROWSON*
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Annie Kaiser
White Christmas
Lakewood Theatre Company

Brian Weaver
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

ENSEMBLE IN A MUSICAL
Cats
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Monty Python’s SPAMALOT
Lakewood Theatre Company

*Plaid Tidings*
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*MERIDETH KAYE CLARK*
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

Lisamarie Harrison
9 to 5: The Musical
Stumptown Stages

Susannah Mars
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

Danielle Purdy
Band Geeks
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

 

ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Michael Morrow Hammack
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

Nicholas Rodriguez
Kiss of the Spider Woman
triangle productions!

Joshua Stenseth
White Christmas
Lakewood Theatre Company

*DAVID STUDWELL*
Fiddler on the Roof
Portland Center Stage

 

MUSIC DIRECTION
*ERIC NORDIN*
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

ORIGINAL SCRIPT
*MICHELLE ELLIOTT*
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

ORIGINAL SCORE
*DANNY LARSEN, MUSIC*
*MICHELLE ELLIOT, LYRICS*
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

SPECIAL THEATRICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
*ATOMIC ARTS*
Trek in the Park
2009-2013

 

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
*GRANT TURNER*
Founding Artistic Director
Northwest Classical Theatre Company

 

SOLO PERFORMANCE
*DAMON KUPPER*
A Night in November
corrib theatre

 

DEVISED WORK
…And the Great Refraction!
String House Theatre

Independent Women
Social Sciences Productions

Maleficia
String House Theatre

*Nighthawks*
Push Leg

 

YOUNG PERFORMER
Kaylee Bair
White Christmas
Lakewood Theatre Company

Harper Lea
The Big Meal
Artists Repertory Theatre

Henry Martin
Goodnight Moon
NW Children’s Theater

*BLAKE PEEBLES*
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
*JENNIFER GOLDSMITH*
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

Lisamarie Harrison
The Bikinis
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Paige Jones
My Fair Lady
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Emily Sahler
The Bikinis
Broadway Rose Theatre Company


SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Matthew Belles
9 to 5: The Musical
Stumptown Stages

David Cryer
Somewhere in Time
Portland Center Stage

Drew Harper
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

*DAVID MEYERS*
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
*MEGHAN CHAMBERS*
Crooked
CoHo Productions / Philip Cuomo and Maureen Porter

Chantal DeGroat
Invasion!
Badass Theatre Company

Dana Green
Othello
Portland Center Stage

Jacklyn Maddux
A Bright New Boise
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Spencer Conway
Noises Off
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Andy Lee-Hillstrom
A Bright New Boise
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Matthew Kerrigan
Wilde Tales
Shaking the Tree Theatre

*MICHAEL FISHER-WELSH*
The Quality of Life
Artists Repertory Theatre

 

SPECIAL DESIGN AWARD
*JOHN ELLINGSON*
James and the Giant Peach
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

SCENIC DESIGN
*KRISTEEN WILLIS CROSSER*
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Timothy R. Mackabee
Chinglish
Portland Center Stage

Jerry Mouawad
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

Megan Wilkerson
The Children’s Hour
defunkt theatre

 

PROPERTIES DESIGN
Kaye Blankenship
Gidion’s Knot
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

*DREW DANNHORN*
The Giver
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Drew Dannhorn
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Tal Sanders
Licking Batteries
Playwrights West

 

LIGHTING DESIGN
*KRISTEEN WILLIS CROSSER*
A Bright New Boise
Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Jeff Forbes
The Caretaker
Imago Theatre

Jamie Rea
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Theatre Vertigo

Solomon Weisbard
A Christmas Carol
Portland Playhouse

 

PROJECTION DESIGN
*JEFF KURIHARA*
The Giver
Oregon Children’s Theatre

 

SOUND DESIGN
Richard E. Moore
The Revenants
The Reformers

Rodolfo Ortega
The Quality of Life
Artists Repertory Theatre

Gordon Romei
The Children’s Hour
defunkt theatre

*ANNALISE ALBRIGHT WOODS*
pool (no water)
Theatre Vertigo

 

COSTUME DESIGN
Jeff Cone
Chinglish
Portland Center Stage

Allison Dawe
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

Emily Horton
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

*JEN LAMASTRA*
James and the Giant Peach
NW Children’s Theater

 

MAKE UP DESIGN
*CAITLIN FISHER-DRAEGER*
The Revenants
The Reformers

  

CHOREOGRAPHY 
Sara Mishler Martins
Zombie in Love
Oregon Children’s Theatre

Dan Murphy
Band Geeks
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

*DAN MURPHY*
Plaid Tidings
Broadway Rose Theatre Company

Jessica Wallenfels
The Light in the Piazza
Portland Playhouse

 

MOVEMENT DESIGN
*CATHERINE EGAN*
Nighthawks
Push Leg

 

PIT ENSEMBLE
Kiss of the Spider Woman
triangle productions!

Magic Tree House: A Night in New Orleans
Oregon Children’s Theatre

*9 to 5: The Musical*
Stumptown Stages

White Christmas
Lakewood Theatre Company

 

SPOTLIGHT AWARDS
Stage Manager: EMMA LEWINS

Crew: DON CROSSLEY

Ballyhoo (formerly known as Other): VAL AND JIM LIPTAK

 

PORTLAND CIVIC THEATRE GUILD AWARDS 
Portland Civic Theatre Award in Support of Theatre: ACTION/ADVENTURE THEATRE

Leslie O. Fulton Fellowship: JILL WESTERBY GONZALES

Mary Brand Theatre for Youth Award: WELL ARTS INSTITUTE

 

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