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Hartford Stage’s production of Hamlet leads 2014-2015 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards Nominations with 9 nods; Carmen de Lavallade, the Split Knuckle Theatre Company and Shawn Boyle to receive special awards

Hartford Stage’s production of the Darko Tresnjak helmed Hamlet garnered nine nominations for the 2014-2015 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Actor in a Play (Zach Appelman), Outstanding Director of a Play (Darko Tresnjak), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Edward James Hyland), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (Andrew Long), Outstanding Lighting Design (Matthew Richards), Outstanding Costume Design (Fabio Toblini), Outstanding Sound Design (Jane Shaw), and Outstanding Debut (Brittany Vicars).

Andrew Long, Brittany Vicars, Edward James Hyland, and Kate Forbes in Hamlet at Hartford Stage. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Andrew Long, Brittany Vicars, Edward James Hyland, and Kate Forbes in Hamlet at Hartford Stage. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Carmen de Lavallade

Carmen de Lavallade

Special Awards recipients include Carmen de Lavallade, who will receive the Killen Award for outstanding contribution to Connecticut theater, the Summer Theatre of New Canaan for its DramaRamas program, the Split Knuckle Theatre Company for its production of “Endurance,” and Shawn Boyle, for his work on Yale Repertory’s production of “Elevada.”

Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents New York Premiere of Carmen de Lavallade’s Solo Show AS I REMEMBER IT

The ceremony, which is as much a celebration of theater in Connecticut as it is the opportunity to acknowledge excellence, will be held at The Iseman Theater, located at 1156 Chapel Street in New Haven on Monday, June 22. The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m., is open to the public. Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Click here for more information.
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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