The 2014 Elliot Norton Award nominations have been announced, and the Huntington is in the running for 7 different awards (all in the large theatre category) — 4 for The Jungle Book, 2 for Venus in Fur, and 1 for The Seagull.
Andrea Syglowski in Venus in Fur. Photo: T. Charles Erickson
Paul Daigneault, Artistic Director SpeakEasy Stage Company and a longtime friend of the Huntington, will receive the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony, which will be held on Monday, May 19 at Wheelock Family Theatre. Other Huntington-family-related nominees include SpeakEasy Stage Company's production of Tribes, directed by Associate Producer M. Bevin O'Gara (Outstanding Production by a Midsize Theatre and Outstanding Director of a Play by a Midsize Theatre), The Flick by Annie Baker ('The Shirley VT Plays Festival') at Company One (Outstanding Production by a Small Theatre), Luck of the Irish and Awake and Sing! director Melia Bensussen (Outstanding Director of a Play by a Midsize Theatre for The Cherry Orchard at Actors' Shakespeare Project), Huntington Playwriting Fellow John Kuntz for his role in The Whale at SpeakEasy Stage (Outstanding Actor, Midsize Theatre), and Marianna Bassham from Becoming Cuba and Luck of the Irish (Outstanding Actress, The Cherry Orchard at Actors' Shakespeare Project).
For the full list of nominees, check out the Norton Awards website, or watch the announcement video below.
The Elliot Norton Awards are named in honor of the distinguished Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, who for many years served on the selection committee and who remained an engaged supporter of the drama, both locally and nationally, until his death in 2003 at the age of 100. For 48 years Mr. Norton was a drama critic for Boston newspapers; concurrently, from 1958 until his retirement in 1982, he was moderator of Elliot Norton Reviews on WGBH television. The Norton Medal was first bestowed in 1983. Since then, the awards have grown to include, in addition to the Prize for Sustained Excellence, almost two dozen awards presented annually to outstanding productions, performers, directors, and designers. The Boston Theater Critics Association, which presents the Elliot Norton Awards, includes Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Nick Dussault, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Robert Nesti, Kilian Melloy, and Ed Siegel.
André DeShields and Akash Chopra in The Jungle Book. Photo: Liz Lauren