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The Studio Theatre's production of "Bessie's Blues" won the lion's share of laurels at this year's Helen Hayes Awards, which honor Washington, D.C.-area theatre. "Blues" won six awards, claiming all but one category in which it was in contention, including Outstanding Resident Musical.

The six trophies made The Studio Theatre the awards leader among D.C. companies. Right behind it was the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company with five prizes--four for "The Pitchfork Disney" (which won Outstanding Resident Play) and one for "The Psychic Life of Savages."

The Signature Theatre's production of "Cabaret," which received seven nominations, won only for Steven Cupo's performance as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical.

Zoe Caldwell continued her national awards sweep by winning Outstanding Lead Actress of a Non-Resident Play or Musical for her turn in "Master Class." (She has already won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for her performance, and is nominated for a Tony.) Jonathan Hadary took the identical prize in the male category for his performance in "Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches."

A complete list of winners follows:

Resident Musical: "Bessie's Blues," The Studio Theatre.

Resident Play: "The Pitchfork Disney," Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Non-Resident Play or Musical: "Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches," The Kennedy Center.

Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play: "The Psychic Life of Savages," by Amy Freed, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Director, Resident Play: Douglas C. Wager, "Long Day's Journey Into Night," Arena Stage.

Director, Resident Musical: (tie) Thomas W. Jones II, "Bessie's Blues"; James A. Petosa, "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," Olney Theatre Center for the Arts.

Musical Director, Resident Musical: Dave Ferguson, "Bessie's Blues."

Choreography, Resident Play or Musical: Patdro Harris, "Bessie's Blues."

Lead Actor, Resident Play: Wallace Acton, "The Pitchfork Disney."

Lead Actress, Resident Play: Tana Hicken, "Long Day's Journey Into Night."

Lead Actor, Resident Musical: Steven Cupo, "Cabaret," Signature Theatre.

Lead Actress, Resident Musical: Dahd Sfeir, "Mano a Mano," GALA Hispanic Theatre.

Lead Actor, Non-Resident Play or Musical: Jonathan Hadary, "Angels in America."

Lead Actress, Non-Resident Play or Musical: Zoe Caldwell, "Master Class," The Kennedy Center.

Supporting Actor, Resident Play: Henry Strozier, "A Month in the Country," Arena Stage.

Supporting Actress, Resident Play: June Kyoko Lu, "The Waiting Room," Arena Stage.

Supporting Actor, Resident Musical: David A. St. Louis, "Bessie's Blues."

Supporting Actress, Resident Musical: Roz White, "Bessie's Blues."

Set Design, Resident Play or Musical: James Kronzer, "The Pitchfork Disney."

Lighting Design, Resident Play or Musical: Howell Binkley, "Macbeth," The Shakespeare Theatre.

Costume Design, Resident Play or Musical: Anita Stewart, "Love's Labour's Lost," The Shakespeare Theatre.

Sound Design, Resident Play or Musical: Daniel Schrader, "The Pitchfo

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