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'Stoneface' Wins Big at L.A. Weekly Theater Awards

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'Stoneface' Wins Big at L.A. Weekly Theater Awards
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A play about the comic and tragic life of actor Buster Keaton, "Stoneface" was the big winner at the 34th Annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards on Monday night. The show, honoring the best in Los Angeles theaters housing 99 or fewer seats, was hosted by the comic troupe Lost Moon Radio and held at The Avalon Club in Hollywood. The awards are voted on by critics for the L.A. Weekly, headed by theater editor and critic Steven Leigh Morris. 

"Stoneface," presented last year at Sacred Fools Theater, went on to win five awards, including best director, best ensemble, best production design and best video/projection design. The show starred French Stewart as Keaton and was written by Stewart's wife, Vanessa Claire Stewart, a contributor to Backstage. It was recently announced that the show will be moving to the 600-plus-seat Pasadena Playhouse as part of their 2013-14 season. 

Also a big winner was musical of the year "The Color Purple," presented by Celebration Theatre, which also snagged honors for Micheal Matthews for direction of a musical and Gregory Nabours for musical direction. "Deathtrap," produced by L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Davidson/Valenti Theatre, was named best revival. The playwriting award went to Steve Yockey for "Very Still & Hard to See."

A complete list of winners follows.

PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR

"Stoneface," Sacred Fools Theatre Company

REVIVAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR (of a 20th- or 21st-century work)

"Deathtrap," L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Davidson/Valenti Theatre

MUSICAL OF THE YEAR

"The Color Purple," Celebration Theatre 

DIRECTION

Jaime Robledo, "Stoneface," Sacred Fools Theater Company

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL

Michael Matthews, "The Color Purple," Celebration Theatre

COMEDY DIRECTION

Jenelle Riley, "A Kind of Love Story," Sacred Fools Theater Company 

ONE-ACT DIRECTION

Dan Spurgeon, "Turn of the Screw," the Visceral Company at Underground Theater

MUSICAL DIRECTION

Gregory Nabours, "The Color Purple"

ENSEMBLE

"Stoneface"

MUSICAL ENSEMBLE

"Silence! The Musical"

COMEDY ENSEMBLE

"The Sleeper" 

FEMALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE

Alet Taylor, "Justin Love," Celebration Theatre

MALE MUSICAL PERFORMANCE (TIE)

James Black, "Bad Apples"

Davis Gaines, "Silence! The Musical"

LEADING FEMALE PERFORMANCE (TIE)

Sarah Gise, "The Belle of Belfast"

Diarra Kilpatrick, "In the Red and Brown Water"

LEADING MALE PERFORMANCE

Rafael Goldstein, "Hamlet"

SUPPORTING FEMALE PERFORMANCE

Grace Eboigbe, "Hearts Like Fists"

SUPPORTING MALE PERFORMANCE

Tim Cummings, "The New Electric Ballroom"

TWO-PERSON PERFORMANCE

"Turn of the Screw," Amelia Gotham and Nich Kauffman

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Ilia Volok, "Diary of a Madman," Coeurage Theatre Company and A Perfect World Productions at Actors Circle Theatre

FEMALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Shannon Holt, "The Government Inspector"

MALE COMEDY PERFORMANCE

Adam Haas Hunter, "The Government Inspector"

PLAYWRITING

Steve Yockey, "Very Still & Hard to See"

CAREER ACHIEVEMENT

Ron Sossi

QUEEN OF THE ANGELS

Olga Garay-English

PRODUCTION DESIGN

"Stoneface"

ADAPTATION

Richard Alger, "The Treatment"

LIGHTING DESIGN

Tim Swiss, "Very Still & Hard to See"

COSTUME DESIGN

Vicki Conrad, "The Learned Ladies"

SET DESIGN (TIE)

Nick Benacerraf, "The City"

David Mauer and Hazel Kuang, "Dirty Filthy Love Story"

SOUND DESIGN

John Zalewski, "Death of a Salesgirl"

CHOREOGRAPHY

Marina Magalhães, "Patty: The Revival"

VIDEO/PROJECTION DESIGN (TIE)

Adam Flemming/Dan Lund, "Death of a Salesgirl"

Ben Rock and Anthony Backman, "Stoneface"

ORIGINAL MUSIC

Beth Thornley and Rob Cairns, "Bad Apples"

SPECIAL COMMENDATIONS

Peter Bayne, composer, "In the Red and Brown Water"

Andrew Amani, fight choreography, "Hearts Like Fists"

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