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Classical Acting Awards Announced

Actors' Equity honored three classical actors Thurs., Dec. 7, with the announcement of the annual St. Claire Bayfield Award for an outstanding performance in a Shakespeare play, and two Callaway Awards for excellence in a play written before 1920.

Myra Carter won a Callaway for her performance in "King John," presented by Theatre for a New Audience (TNA). Byron Jennings won the other Callaway for his performance in "Waste," also presented by TNA. Each will receive a crystal trophy and $1,000.

Rachel Botchan was named the recipient of the 2000 St. Claire Bayfield Award, in recognition of her performance in the Pearl Theatre Company's production of "Richard III."

The recipients will receive the awards at Equity's eastern regional membership meeting Jan. 5 at the Equity offices, located at 165 W. 46th St.

The judges for both awards were Back Stage contributor Irene Backalenick; Betty Corwin, the founder and former director of the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Actors' Equity President Carl Harms; Associated Press legit reviewer Michael Kuchwara; New York Daily News legit reviewer Douglas Watt, and longtime producer Robert Whitehead.

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