2002 Ovation Nominations

The 2002 Theatre LA Ovation Awards will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m., at the Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles. For tickets and information, go to www.theatrela.org or call (213) 614-0556.

World Premiere Play: Crossing, Journeys of Catholic Immigrants by Alison Carey, Peter Howard, Shishir Kurup, Page Leong, Armando Molina, Evangeline Ordaz, Bernardo Solano, and Bernard White, Cornerstone Theater Company at St. Vibiana's Cathedral; The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen at the Actors' Gang; Terminus Americana by Matt Pelfrey, Lodestone Theatre Ensemble; The Proof of the Promise in a new translation of Juan Ruiz de Alarcon's play by Dakin Matthews, the Antaeus Company; Lenny's Back by Sam Bobrick & Julie Stein, Theatre of Will. World Premiere Musical: Flirting With Morty, book by Paula Mitchell-Manning, music & lyrics by John Lathan, Company of Angels; Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog, book by Jillian Armenante & Alice Dodd, music by Chris Jeffries, Circle X Theatre Company; Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, book by Leon Martell, music by Penka Kouneva, Oasis Theatre Company; Twisted by Max Baxley and Geo Hartley; Picon Pie by Rose Leiman Goldemberg, Santa Monica Playhouse.

Musical, large theatre: A Class Act at Pasadena Playhouse; Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; Flower Drum Song, Gordon Davidson, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Into the Woods, Dodger Theatricals, Stage Holding, and TheatreDreams, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company. Musical, intimate theatre: Big River, Bill O'Brien, Suzanne Tara, Deaf West Theatre; Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog, Circle X Theatre Company Theatre Company; Pinafore!, Dennis R. Nollette, Bruce W. Zisterer, Celebration Theatre; Spoon River Anthology, Theatre West; Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company. Play, large theatre: Crossings, Journeys of Catholic Immigrants, Cornerstone Theater Company; Red, East West Players; The House of Bernarda Alba, Gordon Davidson, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; The Laramie Project, the Colony Theatre Company; The Moliere Comedies, Gordon Davidson, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum. Play, intimate theatre: After the Fall, Fountain Theatre; Clyt at Home, Theatre of NOTE; Death of a Salesman, Interact Theatre Company, Nest Egg Productions, James Harper, Interact Theatre Company; Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company; The Exonerated, the Actors' Gang.

Touring company production: Aida, Disney Theatrical Productions, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Copenhagen, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; The Full Monty, Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Albert Nocciolino, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Lindsay Law, Thomas Hall, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, Manhattan Theatre Club, Carole Shorenstein Hays, Daryl Roth, Stuart Thompson, Douglas S. Cramer, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre.

Lead actress, musical: Christa Jackson, Always?Patsy Cline, Coronet Theatre; Julie Dixon Jackson/Misty Cotton, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; Lea Salonga, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Sally Struthers, Always?Patsy Cline, Coronet Theatre; Stephanie Block, Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities. Lead actor, musical (three winners): Bill O'Brien, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; David Engel, Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; Kevin Earley, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; James Black, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Michael A. Shepperd, Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company; Nic Arnzen, Moscow, Playwrights' Arena; R. Christopher Sands, Pinafore!, Celebration Theatre. Lead actress, play (three winners): Fay Cato, Tonseisha, Theatre of NOTE; Jeanne Sakata, Red, East West Players; Kathleen Chalfant, Talking Heads (2), Tiffany Theatres; Livia Trevino, Coyote on a Fence, Alliance Repertory Company; Shareen Mitchell, Tennessee in the Summer, Laurelgrove Theatre; Suanne Spoke, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company; Tracy Middendorf, After the Fall, Fountain Theatre. Lead actor, play (three winners): Brian Bedford, The Moliere Comedies, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum, Daniel Davis, Talking Heads (1), Tiffany Theatres; George Murdock, The Price, Odyssey Theatre; Joe Mellis, Coyote on a Fence, Alliance Repertory Company; Mike Genovese, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the Blank Theatre Company; Morlan Higgins, After the Fall, Fountain Theatre; Sam Anderson, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company.

Featured actress, musical: Beth Malone, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Colony Theatre Company; Donna Bullock, A Class Act, Pasadena Playhouse; Jodi Long, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Laura Benanti, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Sandra Allen, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum. Featured actor, musical: Christopher Sieber, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; David Jennings, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; Gregg Edelman, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Rod Keller, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the Colony Theatre Company; Troy Kotsur, Big River, Deaf West Theatre. Featured actress, play: Carol Kane, He Hunts, Geffen Playhouse; Cathy Lind Hayes, He Hunts, Geffen Playhouse; Lily Nicksay, The Wild Duck, A Noise Within; Louise Davis, Tennessee in the Summer, Laurelgrove Theatre; Mary Lou Rosato, King Lear, Center for New Theatre at California Institute of the Arts. Featured actor, play: Al Mancini, The Time of Your Life, Camelot Artists; William Mesnik, Love's Labour's Lost, A Noise Within; Cooper Thornton, After the Fall, Fountain Theatre; Joe Spano, The Devil's Disciple, Rubicon Theatre Company; Neil Vipond, Richard III, Circus Theatricals. Solo performance: Ann Randolph, Squeeze Box, the Court Theatre; Arlene Malinowski, Or Forever Hold Your Peace, Blue Sphere Alliance; Gigi Bermingham, Non-Vital Organs, City Stage, Inc.; Jackie Maruschak, Last Stop Neverland, Blue Sphere Alliance; Saundra Quarterman, Shak'n Part One, Stages Theatre Center. Ensemble performance (two winners): Cast of How Kintu Became a Man, Greenway Arts Alliance; cast of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Rubicon Theatre Company; cast of Swing, Musical Theatre West; cast of The Exonerated, the Actors' Gang; cast of The Laramie Project, the Colony Theatre Company; cast of The Last Season, Robey Theatre Company.

Director, musical: Alan Coats, Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; Jeff Calhoun, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Larry Sousa, Swing!, Musical Theatre West; Nick DeGruccio, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; Robert Longbottom, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum. Director, play (three winners): Ayana Cahrr, How Kintu Became a Man, Greenway Arts Alliance; Dan Bonnell, And Still the Dogs, Ensemble Studio Theatre--The LA Project; Deborah La Vine, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company; Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, The Exonerated, the Actors' Gang; Karen Kalensky, Traveling Lady, Company of Angels; Nick DeGruccio, The Laramie Project, the Colony Theatre Company; Stephen Sachs, After the Fall, Fountain Theatre. Choreographer: Alan Coats, Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; Ameenah Kaplan, Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company; Dana Solimando, Swing!, Musical Theatre West; Jeff Calhoun, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Robert Longbottom, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum. Musical direction: Darryl Archibald, Swing!, Musical Theatre West; David O, Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company; Steven Landau, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Steven Smith, Crazy for You, Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities; Tom Griffin, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company.

Lighting design (larger theatre): Brian Macdevitt, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Christopher Akerlind, King Lear, Center for New Theatre at California Institute of the Arts; Steven Young, The Laramie Project, the Colony Theatre Company; Tad Shannon, Do Jump!, Geffen Playhouse; Geoff Korf, Crossings, Journeys of Catholic Immigrants, Cornerstone Theater Company; Lighting design, intimate theatre (three winners): Doc Ballard, The Last Season, Robey Theatre Company; Ellen Monocroussos, The Exonerated, the Actors' Gang; Jerry Browning, Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company; John J. Grant, Exmagare, Eclectic Company Theatre; Michael Gilliam, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Robert Fromer, Street Stories, Playwrights' Arena; Robert L. Smith, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company;

Set design, large theatre (three winners): Christopher Barreca, King Lear, Center for New Theatre at California Institute of the Arts; Don Llewellyn, Master Harold? and the Boys, International City Theatre; Douglas Schmidt, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Gary Wissman, King O' the Moon, La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts; John Lee Beatty, My Old Lady, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Rachel Hauck, The House of Bernarda Alba, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Bradley Kaye, The Laramie Project, the Colony Theatre Company. Set design, intimate theatre (three winners): Bill Eigenbrodt and Meghan Rogers, Flight, the Open Fist Theatre Company; Desma Murphy, Napoli Milionaria, Road Theatre Company; Joel Stoffer, Coyote on a Fence, Alliance Repertory Company; John H. Binkley, Street Stories, Playwrights' Arena; Ray Klausen, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Robert Bingham, Little Shop of Horrors, Actors Co-op; Robert Bingham, Fools, Actors Co-op. Costume design, large theatre (two winners): A. Jeffrey Schoenberg, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; Ellen McCartney, King Lear, Center for New Theatre at California Institute of the Arts; Gregg Barnes, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum, Joyce Kim Lee, The House of Bernarda Alba, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Susan Hilferty, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Jane Greenwood, Moliere Comedies, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum. Costume design, intimate theatre: David Zyla, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Marci Hill, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company; Paul Spadone, Laura Comstock's Bag-Punching Dog, Circle X Theatre Company Theatre Company; Shon Le Blanc, Little Shop of Horrors, Actors Co-op; Shon Le Blanc, After the Fall, Fountain Theatre. Sound design, large theatre: Dan Moses Schrier, Into the Woods, Center Theatre Group: Ahmanson Theatre; Drew Dalzell, Side Show, the Colony Theatre Company; Jon Gottlieb and Leon Rothenberg, King Lear, Center for New Theatre at California Institute of the Arts; Jon Gottlieb and Philip G. Allen, Flower Drum Song, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum; Mark Bennett, The House of Bernarda Alba, Center Theatre Group: Mark Taper Forum.

Sound design, intimate theatre (two winners): Bill O'Brien, Big River, Deaf West Theatre; Bob Blackburn, Street Stories, Playwrights' Arena; Dave Marling, Napoli Milionaria, the Road Theatre Company; David Robbins, Mephisto, the Actors' Gang; Jef Bek, The Tragedy of Macbeth, the Sacred Fools Theatre; Penka Kouneva, Steel: John Henry and the Shaker, Oasis Theatre Company.

The James A. Doolittle Award for Leadership in the Theatre: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Zev Yaroslavsky, third district and chairman; Michael D. Antonovich, fifth district; Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, second district; Don Knabe, fourth district; and Gloria Molina, first district).

Community Outreach Award: Joan Boyett, retired founder of the Music Center's Education Division and president of J. R. Boyett & Associates, a consultancy to nonprofit organizations. Career Achievement Award: Carole Cook and Tom Troupe.