2014 IRNE Award Nominations

by:  Thom Dunn at 02/19/2014

The 2014 IRNE Award Nominations have been announced, and the Huntington has received 29 nominations for 6 productions (including several nominations that are competing against each other in the same category, although we have no full category sweeps this year). For those who aren't familiar, the IRNE Awards are presented by the Independent Reviewers of New England, and recognize theatres on every scale on exemplary performances in the previous calendar year (as opposed to our traditional Producing Season Year of September to June).

Here's the breakdown of this year's Huntington nominees, in order of production:

Huntington Theatre Company presents the powerful American classic INVISIBLE MAN, adapted for the stage by Oren Jacoby, directed by Christopher McElroen. Based on the novel by Ralph Ellison. January 4 — February 3, 2013 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Co-produced with the Studio Theatre.“A remarkable, must-see dramatic achievement!” — Chicago Tribune“I am an Invisible Man.” An idealistic young African-American man searches for identity and his place in the world in this epic journey through 1930s America. Ralph Ellison's landmark American novel about race, power, freedom, and liberty comes to life in this gripping theatrical adaptation.
• Best Lighting Design:
Mary Louise Geiger
• Best Supporting Actor — Play: Johnny Lee Davenport
• Best Actor — Play: Teagle F. Bougere


Huntington Theatre Company presents the timeless family story A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry, directed by Liesl Tommy (RUINED, MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM at the Huntington). March 8 - April 7, 2013 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Learn more at“;A play that changed American theatre forever.” — The New York TimesIn a crowded apartment in Chicago's South Side, each member of a struggling African-American family yearns for a different version of a better life. An impending and sizable insurance payment could be the key. Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking 1959 classic drama is an inspiring and fiercely moving portrait of people whose dreams are constantly deferred.• Best Set Design: Clint Ramos
• Best Ensemble
• Best Supporting Actress — Play: Ashley Everage
• Best Actress — Play: Kimberly Scott
• Best Actor — Play: LeRoy McClain
• Best Director — Play: Liesl Tommy
• Best Play
• Promising Performance by a Child Star:
 Cory Janvier

Light and shadow, comedy and drama. Elusive elements all, now mashed together in the dazzling crescendo of Ryan Landry's sur-really screwball take on Fritz Lang's masterpiece M. Watch with glee (and horror) as the genius behind the legendary Gold Dust Orphans brings his delirious imagination to this hilarious and heart-stirring new adaptation of the film noir classic. Warning: not for the squeamish!Ryan Landry's "M" plays March 30 — April 27, 2013 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Learn more at
• Best Lighting Design:
Deb Sullivan
• Best Sound Design: David Remedios
• Best Actress — Play: Karen MacDonald


From the imagination of Tony Award winner Mary Zimmerman (Candide) comes a captivating new musical adaptation of a timeless favorite based on Rudyard Kipling's time-honored tales and featuring music from the classic Disney film. The ravishing new musical THE JUNGLE BOOK plays Sept. 7 - Oct. 20, 2013 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Learn more at• Best Set Design: Daniel Ostling
• Best Costume Design: Mara Blumenfeld
• Best Choreography: Christopher Gattelli
• Best Ensemble
• Best Supporting Actor — Musical: Kevin Carolan
• Best Supporting Actor — Musical: Andre DeShields
• Best Actor — Musical: Usman Ally
• Best Music Director: Douglas Peck
• Best Director — Musical: Mary Zimmerman
• Best Musical

When burnt-out local TV newscaster Charlie Duff suddenly begins offering a prayer at the end of his nightly broadcasts, he becomes a popular and controversial figure to an expanding audience. A powerful new drama by Stephen Belber and directed by Peter DuBois, THE POWER OF DUFF plays Oct. 11 - Nov. 9, 2013 at the South End / Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. Learn more at
• Best Lighting Design:
Rui Rita
Best Supporting Actor — Play: Joe Paulik
• Best Supporting Actor — Play: Brendan Griffin


When John interrupts his parents' pre-dinner cocktail to announce that he has written a play about them, the revelations and recriminations start to flow just as easily as the martinis in this heartfelt comedy about the ties that bind. A comedy on the rocks by AR Gurney directed by Maria Aitken, THE COCKTAIL HOUR plays Nov. 15 - Dec. 15, 2013 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre. Learn more at
• Best Set Design:
Allen Moyer
• Best Director — Play: Maria Aitken


Several other members of the Huntington family were nominated for their work outside of the company as well: former Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish), Best New Play for Splendor; current HPF Walt McGough, Best New Play for Paper City Phoenix; "Child Wrangler" and Front-of-House Staff John J King, Best New Play for From Denmark With Love; and Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara, Best Ensemble for Clybourne Park and Best Director of a Play for Tribes; plus countless other Huntington alum.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! The 18th Annual IRNE Awards will be presented Monday, April 7 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. We'll see you there!

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