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Lia Chang: AUDELCO 2009 “The VIV” Nominees for the 2008-2009 Theatre Season

New Federal Theatre producer Woodie King, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

New Federal Theatre producer Woodie King, Jr. Photo by Lia Chang

“The VIV” Awards, the annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition, are the only formally established awards presented to the black theatre community. AUDELCO (Audience Development Committee, Inc.) was established and incorporated in 1973 by the late Vivian Robinson, to stimulate interest in, and support of performing arts in black communities. AUDELCO celebrates 37 years of Excellence in Black Theatre this year, honoring nine Outstanding Pioneer Theatre Companies 35+ years, with the “The VIV” 2009 Annual Vivian Robinson/AUDELCO Recognition Awards. The Outstanding Pioneer Theatre Companies 35+ years include: AMAS, Billie Holiday Theatre, Black Spectrum Theatre, Frank Silvera’s Writer’s Workshop, National Black Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, New Federal Theatre, Richard Allen Center for Culture & Arts and the Roger Furman Theatre.

Aaron Davis Hall is the place to be on Monday, November 16 at 7pm, for this year’s award ceremony. Below is a full list of the 2009 “The VIV” Nominees for the 2008-2009 Theatre season. Good luck to all of the nominees.

LIGHTING DESIGN
AVAN (The High Priestess of Dark Alley)
Aaron Black (Three Sisters)
Lap Chi Chu (The Good Negro)
Matthew Frey (Zooman and the Sign)
Peter Kaczorowski (Ruined)

SET DESIGN
Jaime Durant (The High Priestess of Dark Alley)
Troy Hourie (Three Sisters)
Derek McLane (Ruined)
Shaun Motley (Zooman and the Sign)

COSTUME DESIGN
Kimberly Glennon (Three Sisters)
Helen L. Simmons (The High Priestess of Dark Alley)
Paul Tazewell (Ruined)
Toni-Leslie James (Wig Out)
Ali Turns (King Lear)

SOUND DESIGN
Daniel Baker (The Good Negro)
Robert Kaplowitz (Zooman and the Sign)
C. Andrew Mayer (Pure Confidence)
Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen (Ruined)
David Wright (King Lear)

DIRECTOR/DRAMATIC PRODUCTION
Marion McClinton (Pure Confidence)
Stephen McKinley Henderson (Zooman and the Sign)
Chris McElreon (Three Sisters)
Ron OJ Parson (Home)
Liesl Tommy (The Good Negro)
Kate Whoriskey (Ruined)

Alfred Preisser is a Best Director/Musical Production nominee for The Classical Theatre of Harlem's production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe. © Lia Chang

Alfred Preisser is a Best Director/Musical Production nominee for The Classical Theatre of Harlem’s production of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe. © Lia Chang

DIRECTOR/MUSICAL PRODUCTION
Keith Lee Grant (The Wiz)
Melvin Van Peebles (Unmitigated Truth)
Alfred Preisser (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
Ken Wydro (Sing Harlem Sing!)

CHOREOGRAPHER
Tracy Jack (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
Keith Lee Grant (The Wiz)

PLAYWRIGHT
Jackie Alexander (The High Priestess of Dark Alley)
Carlyle Brown (Pure Confidence)
Leslie Lee (Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things)
Lynn Nottage (Ruined)
Tracey Scott Wilson (The Good Negro)

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Francois Battiste (The Good Negro)
J. Bernard Calloway (The Good Negro)
Garrett Lee Hendricks (Miss Evers’ Boys)
Russell G. Jones (Ruined)

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined)
Condola Rashad (Ruined)
Tracie Thoms (10 Things To Do Before I Die)

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/FEMALE
Carmen Barika (Unmitigated Truth)
Alexandra Bernard (The Wiz)
Kim Brockington (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
Danyel Fulton (The Wiz)

AUDELCO nominee André De Shields (center) flanked by Tyrone Davis, Charletta Rozzell and Reji Woods in the Classical Theatre of Harlem's Archibishop Supreme Tartuffe at The Clurman in July, 2009. © Lia Chang

AUDELCO nominee André De Shields (center) flanked by Tyrone Davis, Charletta Rozzell and Reji Woods in the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archibishop Supreme Tartuffe at The Clurman in July, 2009. © Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL/MALE
Andre De Shields (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
Michael J (The Wiz)
Ted Lange (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
William “Spaceman” Patterson (Unmitigated Truth)
Melvin Van Peebles (Unmitigated Truth)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Kelvyn Bell (Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe)
Edward Cieghorn (Sing Harlem Sing!)
Eric Johnson (The Wiz)
William “Spaceman” Patterson (Unmitigated Truth)

The AUDELCO nominated company of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe on their opening night at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. © Lia Chang

The AUDELCO nominated company of Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe on their opening night at The Clurman in New York on June 25, 2009. © Lia Chang

MUSICAL PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe (Classical Theatre of Harlem)
Sing Harlem Sing! (Mama Foundation for the Arts)
Unmitigated Truth (Algonquin Theater Productions)
The Wiz (Harlem Repertory Theatre)

Castmembers Linda Powell, Ayesha Ngaujah, director Liesl Tommy, Eisa Davis, Denise Burse and Kim Brockington celebrate the opening night of their show "Angela's Mixtape," written by Eisa Davis, and presented by New Georges and Hip-Hop Theater Festival, at the Ohio Theatre on April 9, 2009. © Lia Chang

Castmembers Linda Powell, Ayesha Ngaujah, director Liesl Tommy, Eisa Davis, Denise Burse and Kim Brockington celebrate the opening night of their show “Angela’s Mixtape,” written by Eisa Davis, and presented by New Georges and Hip-Hop Theater Festival, at the Ohio Theatre on April 9, 2009. © Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Angela’s Mixtape (New Georges)
Home (Signature Theatre Company)
Kernel of Sanity (New Federal Theatre)
Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things (Negro Ensemble Co.)
The High Priestess of Dark Alley (Billie Holiday Theatre)

Amari Cheatom © Lia Chang

Amari Cheatom © Lia Chang

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Khalil Ashanti (Basic Training)
Margaret Reed (Passing)

LEAD ACTOR
Amari Cheatom (Zooman and the Sign)
Gavin Lawrence (Pure Confidence)
Delroy Lindo (Things of Dry Hour)
Curtis McClarin (The Good Negro)
John Douglas Thompson (Othello)

LEAD ACTRESS
Natalie Venetia Belcon (10 Things To Do Before I Die)
Trezana Beverley (King Lear)
Saidah Arrika Ekulona (Ruined)
Nedra McClyde (Miss Evers’ Boys)
Rosalyn Ruff (Things of Dry Hour)

The cast of Zooman: Peter Jay Fernandez, Rosalyn Coleman, Jamal Mallory-McCree, Evan Parke, Amari Cheatom, Portia, Ron Canada, W. Tre Davis and Lynda Gravatt. © Lia Chang

The cast of Zooman: Peter Jay Fernandez, Rosalyn Coleman, Jamal Mallory-McCree, Evan Parke, Amari Cheatom, Portia, Ron Canada, W. Tre Davis and Lynda Gravatt. © Lia Chang

BEST REVIVAL***
A Bolt from the Blue (The H.A.D.L.E.Y. Players)
Home (Signature Theatre Company)
Monk (Nuyorican Poets Cafe)
Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem)
Zooman and the Sign (Signature Theatre Company)

Rome Neal stars in Laurence Holder’s MONK, a one man play about jazz great Thelonious Monk, with a musical score by Bill Lee at the NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ in New York.

Rome Neal stars in Laurence Holder’s MONK, a one man play about jazz great Thelonious Monk, with a musical score by Bill Lee at the NUYORICAN POETS CAFÉ in New York.

DRAMATIC PRODUCTION OF THE YEAR
Pure Confidence (59e59 Theaters)
Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Sundown Names and Night-Gone Things (Negro Ensemble Co.)
The Good Negro (The Public Theater)
The High Priestess of Dark Alley (Billie Holiday Theatre)

Cast of The Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of The High Priestess of Dark Alley (L-R) Nicoye Banks, Aura Vence, Zeb Hollins III, Marcelle Gover, Mari White and Michael Chenevert. © Mark Blackshear/Courtesy of Billie Holiday Theatre

Cast of The Billie Holiday Theatre’s production of The High Priestess of Dark Alley (L-R) Nicoye Banks, Aura Vence, Zeb Hollins III, Marcelle Gover, Mari White and Michael Chenevert. © Mark Blackshear/Courtesy of Billie Holiday Theatre

***New category

HarlemStage/Aaron Davis Hall, Inc.
Marian Anderson Theatre
134th Street & Convent Avenue
New York City, NY
VIP Gala Reception 6:00 p.m.
Ceremony Awards and Honors 7:30 p.m.

For information and tickets to the 2009 AUDELCO Award Ceremony at Aaron Davis Hall, contact: AUDELCO@aol.com or call 212-368-6906
Directions

By Bus
From the east side: M-101, M-100 to 135th St. & Amsterdam Ave.
From the west side: M-11 to 135th St. and Amsterdam Avenue; M-4, M-5 to 135th St. and Broadway.
Walk east one block to Convent and 135th Street. Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall are located on Convent Ave.

By Subway
1 to 137th Street at Broadway. Walk south to 135th Street and walk east two blocks to Convent Ave. and 135th Street. The entrances to both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall are located on Convent Ave.
A, B, C, D to 125th Street at St. Nicholas Avenue. Walk east one block to Morningside Drive. and 125th Street. Walk north to 135th Street and Convent Ave (Morningside Drive. turns into Convent Ave. past 127th Street). Entrance of both the Gatehouse and Aaron Davis Hall are located on Convent Ave.
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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and a multimedia journalist. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for AsianConnections.com. As a photographer and videographer, Lia is frequently tapped to collaborate with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden.

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