‘KPOP,’ ‘Mary Jane’ Lead 2018 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations

Photo Source: “Mary Jane”: Joan Marcus

Off-Broadway is getting its much-deserved moment in the spotlight with the April 4 announcement of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Award nominees. Celebrating some of the best theatermakers working in New York City today, the nominations were announced by Lucille Lortel Award winners Rachel Bay Jones and Steven Pasquale.

This year’s nominations spread the love between dazzling Off-Broadway fare including “KPOP,” “Bella: An American Tale,” “Mary Jane,” and more. “KPOP,” from Ars Nova, Ma-Yi Theater, and the Woodshed Collective, led the way with nine nods; stars James Seol, Ashley Park, Jason Tam, and Vanessa Kai were all nominated in each of the musical acting categories. “Desperate Measures,” “Hundred Days,” “Jerry Springer – The Opera,” and “Bella: An American Tale” joined “KPOP” in the Outstanding Musical category. Last year’s ceremony gave top honors to “The Band's Visit” before its transfer to Broadway; that musical is now in the running for this season’s Tony Awards.

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In the play categories, the New York Theatre Workshop’s “Mary Jane” led with six Lucille Lortel nods including for leading actress Carrie Coon. Nominated for Outstanding Play are “Cost of Living,” “Miles for Mary,” “Pipeline,” “The Treasurer,” and “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play.” Suzan-Lori Parks has found herself double-nominated for her two play revivals at Signature Theatre, “Fucking A” and “In the Blood.”

Four out of five slots in the Outstanding Director category, encompassing both plays and musicals, went to female directors: Lileana Blain-Cruz for “Pipeline,” Anne Kauffman for “Mary Jane,” Lila Neugebauer for “Miles for Mary,” Leigh Silverman for “Harry Clarke,” and Michael Greif for “The Low Road.”

The 33rd annual Lucille Lortel Awards will be feted May 6 at NYU Skirball Center, hosted by Laura Benanti and Jason Jones. The ceremony will posthumously induct composer Michael Friedman onto the Lucille Lortel Theatre’s Playwrights’ Sidewalk, and will honor writer-performer Eve Ensler with a Lifetime Achievement Award. WP Theater (formerly Women’s Project Theater) will also be celebrated for their body of work. For more information and a full list of 2018 nominees, visit www.lortelaward.com.

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