NOHO'S DEAF WEST TROUPE TAKES FIVE OVATIONS.Byline: Evan Henerson Staff Writer
In between the celebration of the Walt Disney Noun 1. Walt Disney - United States film maker who pioneered animated cartoons and created such characters as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck; founded Disneyland (1901-1966)
Disney, Walter Elias Disney Co. as a theatrical force and the lovefest over the state of live drama in L.A., a Valley theater company emerged from the 11th annual Ovation Awards Established in 1989, the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards are a major Southern California award for excellence in theatre with is held each November. The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theatre awards in Los Angeles. Called the "... holding a bunch of statues.
NoHo's Deaf West Theatre Founded in 1991, Deaf West Theatre Company has become a cultural institution serving as a model for deaf theatre worldwide. It is noted for being the first professional resident Sign Language Theatre in the western half of the United States. took five awards, including best play (in an intimate house) for ``A Streetcar streetcar, small, self-propelled railroad car, similar to the type used in rapid-transit systems, that operates on tracks running through city streets and is used to carry passengers. Named Desire'' and best musical (intimate house) for ``Oliver!'' The awards were handed out Monday at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.
The evening's two other big winners were from larger venues: the Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities' production of ``Dreamgirls'' in Redondo Beach; and ``Metamorphoses,'' a co-production that played in Berkeley before arriving at the Mark Taper Forum The Mark Taper Forum is a small thrust stage with 745 seats at the Los Angeles Music Center built by Welton Beckett and Associates. It has presented innovative plays since 1967. The world premiere of Angels In America was produced here. earlier in 2000. Both productions won four awards each. Deaf West's NoHo neighbor took two awards for its production of ``The Angels of Lemnos.''
And during a night when presenters were constantly lauding the diversity of work taking place on L.A. stages, artists from the 10-year old Deaf West were ecstatic at taking awards away from bigger, more heralded productions.
``The loaf of bread from `Les Miserables' - that prop probably cost more than what we paid for our entire show,'' said ``Oliver!'' director Jeff Calhoun, who beat out the ``Les Miz'' duo of Trevor Nunn and John Caird for best director of a musical.
``Deaf people always clap their hands like this,'' said the theater's Artistic Director Ed Waterstreet, pointing to the outstretched out·stretch
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Taking place on the home turf of Center Theatre Group in downtown L.A., the Ovation Awards gave more than one presenter the opportunity to tweak CTG CTG Cartridge
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Presenters asked to share anecdotes of theater experiences in L.A. came up with tales both touching and occasionally off-color. ``Will and Grace's'' Megan Mullally recalled spilling out of the front of her costume during a dance number at the Pasadena Playhouse. And actor Kevin Spacey spac·ey
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``I didn't fall off into the orchestra pit,'' Spacey said. ``For me, it was a great memory.''
During acceptance speeches, acting award winners Kathleen Chalfant (for ``Wit'') and Douglas Sills (``The Scarlet Pimpernel'') both said that, when it comes to being a theater town, L.A. has no reason to hang its head.
```I live in New York now, and the only reason I come to Los Angeles is to do theater,'' said Chalfant. ``The L.A. audiences for `Wit' were the best audiences we ever played the play to.''
Actor Ray Stricklyn took home a career achievement award, and Disney CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Michael Eisner was awarded the James A. Doolittle Award for outstanding leadership in theater even though the L.A. production of Disney's ``The Lion King'' was not eligible for the Ovations this year.
But as one award winner noted, that roaring success at the Pantages means the Disney brass will likely be pocketing Ovation statues this time next year.
``Michael Eisner and `The Lion King,' '' said SBCLO artistic director James Blackman, winner of the Ovation for best musical two years in a row. ``You'll never see us up here again.''
Best musical (large theater): ``Dreamgirls,'' Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. .
Best musical (intimate theater): ``Oliver!'' Deaf West Theatre.
Best play (large theater): ``Metamorphoses,'' Mark Taper Forum.
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Best writing, world premiere play or musical: Dominic Hoffman, ``Uncle Jacques' Symphony,'' Stages Theatre.
Best writing, new translation/adaptation: Bob Daniels, Linda Bove and Phyllis Frelich, ``A Streetcar Named Desire,'' Deaf West Theatre.
Lead actor in a musical: Douglas Sills, ``The Scarlet Pimpernel scarlet pimpernel
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Lead actor in a play: Dominic Hoffman, ``Uncle Jacques' Symphony,'' Stages Theatre.
Lead actress in a musical: Kecia Lewis, ``Dreamgirls,'' Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Lead actress in a play: Kathleen Chalfant, ``Wit,'' Geffen Playhouse.
Featured actor in a musical: Billy Porter, ``Dreamgirls,'' Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Featured actor in a play: Joe Hart, ``The Angels of Lemnos,'' the Road Theatre Company.
Featured actress in a musical: Tonya L. Dixon, ``Dreamgirls,'' Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center.
Featured actress in a play: Kathryn Joosten, ``The Ladies of the Corridor,'' Geo Hartley at the Tamarind tamarind (tăm`ərĭnd), tropical ornamental evergreen tree (Tamarindus indica) of the family Leguminosae (pulse family), native to Africa and probably to Asia, but now widely grown in the tropics. Theatre.
Ensemble performance: The cast of ``Forbidden Broadway Y2K/LA,'' Tiffany Theatres.
Director of a musical: Jeff Calhoun, ``Oliver!'' Deaf West Theatre.
Director of a play: Mary Zimmerman, ``Metamorphoses,'' Mark Taper Forum.
Choreographer: Brian Paul Mendoza, ``Oliver!'' Deaf West Theater.
Lighting design (large theater): T.J. Gerckens, ``Metamorphoses,'' Mark Taper Forum.
Lighting design (intimate theater): David Flad, ``The Angels of Lemnos,'' the Road Theatre Company.
Set design (large theater): David Gallo, August Wilson's ``Jitney Jitney
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Set design (intimate theater): Thomas Buderwitz, ``Against the Glass,'' Kaye Productions at the Court Theatre.
Costume design (large theater): William Dudley, ``Amadeus,'' Ahmanson Theatre.
Costume design (intimate theater): Alvin Colt, ``Forbidden Broadway Y2K/LA,'' Tiffany Theatres.
Sound design (large theater): Andre Pluess and Ben Sussman, ``Metamorphoses,'' Mark Taper Forum.
Sound design (intimate theater): Jef Bek and Eric Snodgrass, ``Nosferatu,'' Zoo District at Art Share.