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THE HUMANS, FUTURITY, GUARDS AT THE TAJ AND JOHN Lead in 2016 Lucille Lortel Nominations

The 31st Annual Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway were announced by The Broadway League today. The Lortel Awards will be presented on Sunday, May 1, 2016 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7:00 PM EST. This year’s event will once again benefit The Actors Fund.

The cast of Stephen Karam's 'The Humans. Photos by Joan Marcus

The cast of Stephen Karam’s ‘The Humans. Photos by Joan Marcus

Roundabout Theatre Company’s The Humans leads this year’s nominations with a total of 6, including acting nominations for Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell. FUTURITYGuards at the Taj and John all tied with 5 nominations. Actress Leslie Kritzer earned two nominations for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her performances in Gigantic and The Robber Bridegroom. This year’s Voting Committee chose to present the award for Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience to Signature Theatre’s Angel Reapers, as well as a special award to Peter Nigrini in recognition of his projection design for Grounded at The Public Theater.

James Houghton. Photo by Lia Chang

James Houghton. Photo by Lia Chang

As previously announced, Signature Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director James Houghton will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks will be inducted onto the famed Playwrights’ Sidewalk in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

A breakfast reception honoring the nominees will take place on Wednesday, April 20, at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street, New York).

The Off-Broadway League’s Lortel Awards Producing & Administration Committee (Terry Byrne, Denise Cooper, Margaret Cotter, Carol Fishman, George Forbes, Michael Page, Catherine Russell, Lindsey Sag, and Seth Shepsle) produces the Lortel Awards Ceremony. Acclaimed writer/director Michael Heitzman returns to direct the Lortel Awards for the seventh consecutive year. The Lucille Lortel Awards are produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Voting Committee.

Members of the general public are welcome to view the 7:00 PM ceremony. Public tickets are $75.00 and will be available starting Thursday, March 31, 2016, via phone at 212.998.4941, online at www.nyuskirball.org and in person at the Skirball Center’s Shagan Box Office (556 LaGuardia) from Tuesday – Saturday from 12 – 6 PM, and two hours before showtime.

2016 LUCILLE LORTEL AWARDS NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Play
The Christians
Produced by Playwrights Horizons and Center Theatre Group
Written by Lucas Hnath

Linda Powell, Andrew Garmon, Larry Powell, Richard Henzel and the Choir in "The Christians." at the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Linda Powell, Andrew Garmon, Larry Powell, Richard Henzel and the Choir in “The Christians.” at the 38th Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Eclipsed
Produced by The Public Theater
Written by Danai Gurira

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o in "Eclipsed."

Pascale Armand, Saycon Sengbloh, and Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed.”

Gloria
Produced by Vineyard Theatre
Written by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

 Jeanine Serralles and Ryan Spahn in Gloria. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Jeanine Serralles and Ryan Spahn in Gloria. Photo by Carol Rosegg

Guards at the Taj
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Rajiv Joseph

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed in Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj. Photo by Doug Hamilton

John
Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Annie Baker

Georgia Engel, Christopher Abbott and Lois Smith in "John."Photo: Matthew Murphy

Georgia Engel, Christopher Abbott and Lois Smith in “John.”Photo: Matthew Murphy

Outstanding Musical
FUTURITY
Produced by Soho Rep. and Ars Nova in association with Carole Shorenstein Hays
Music by César Alvarez with The Lisps, Lyrics and Book by César Alvarez

Iowa
Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Written by Jenny Schwartz, Music by Todd Almond, Lyrics by Todd Almond and Jenny Schwartz

Southern Comfort
Produced by The Public Theater
Book and Lyrics by Dan Collins, Music by Julianne Wick Davis, Based on the Film by Kate Davis, Conceived for the Stage by Robert DuSold and Thomas Caruso

Tappin’ Thru Life
Produced by Leonard Soloway, Bud Martin, Riki Kane Larimer, Jeff Wolk, Phyllis and Buddy Aerenson, Darren P. DeVerna/Jeremiah J. Harris and the Shubert Organization
Written by Maurice Hines

Maurice Hines. Photo by Carol Rossegg

Maurice Hines. Photo by Carol Rossegg

The Wildness: Sky-Pony’s Rock Fairy Tale
Produced by Ars Nova in collaboration with The Play Company
Text by Kyle Jarrow & Lauren Worsham, Songs by Kyle Jarrow

Outstanding Revival
‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
Produced by Red Bull Theater
Written by John Ford

Cloud Nine
Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Caryl Churchill

Clarke Thorell and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Clarke Thorell and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Mother Courage And Her Children
Produced by Classic Stage Company
Written by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by John Willett

The Robber Bridegroom
Produced by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with Daryl Roth
Book and Lyrics by Alfred Uhry, Music by Robert Waldman

Women Without Men
Produced by Mint Theater Company
Written by Hazel Ellis

Dael Orlandersmith

Dael Orlandersmith

Outstanding Solo Show
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Produced by Darren Bagert, Daryl Roth, Co-Produced by Jane Dubin, Curtis Forsythe, Michael Mayer, Diane Procter, Seaview Productions and Minerva Productions/Joshua Goodman
Written and Performed by James Lecesne

Forever
Produced by New York Theatre Workshop
Created and Performed by Dael Orlandersmith

Grounded
Produced by The Public Theater
Written by George Brant
Performed by Anne Hathaway

Mike Birbiglia: Thank God For Jokes
Produced by Mike Berkowitz, Joseph Birbiglia, Ron Delsener and Mike Lavoie
Written and Performed by Mike Birbiglia

Outstanding Director
Rachel Chavkin, The Royale
Anne Kauffman, Marjorie Prime
Amy Morton, Guards at the Taj
Liesl Tommy, Eclipsed
Eric Tucker, Bedlam’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY

Outstanding Choreographer
Alexandra Beller, Bedlam’s SENSE & SENSIBILITY
Martha Clarke, Angel Reapers
Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life
Paul McGill, The Legend of Georgia McBride
David Neumann, FUTURITY

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play
Denis Arndt, Heisenberg
Reed Birney, The Humans
Timothée Chalamet, Prodigal Son
Andrew Garman, The Christians
Ed Harris, Buried Child

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play
Ito Aghayere, Familiar
Georgia Engel, John
Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans
Chinasa Ogbuagu, Sojourners
Phylicia Rashad, Head of Passes

John Earl Jelks, Arnetia Walker, Phylicia Rashad, and Francois Battiste. Photo by Joan Marcus

John Earl Jelks, Arnetia Walker, Phylicia Rashad, and Francois Battiste. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Gabriel Ebert, Preludes
Michael C. Hall, Lazarus
Maurice Hines, Tappin’ Thru Life
Michael Luwoye, Invisible Thread
Steven Pasquale, The Robber Bridegroom

Steven Pasquale and the company of Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Steven Pasquale and the company of Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Sophia Anne Caruso, Lazarus
Alison Fraser, First Daughter Suite
Annette O’Toole, Southern Comfort
Mary Testa, First Daughter Suite
Sammy Tunis, FUTURITY

C.J. Wilson and Timothy Olyphant. Photo by Doug Hamilton

C.J. Wilson and Timothy Olyphant. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
Sanjit De Silva, Dry Powder
Jonathan Hogan, Hold On To Me Darling
Matt McGrath, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Paul Sparks, Buried Child
C.J. Wilson, Hold On To Me Darling

Sanjit De Silva as Jeff Schrader, Claire Danes as Jenny and John Krasinski as Seth in Dry Powder. Photo by Joan Marcus

Sanjit De Silva as Jeff Schrader, Claire Danes as Jenny and John Krasinski as Seth in Dry Powder. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play
Alana Arenas, Head of Passes
Lauren Klein, The Humans
Jeanine Serralles, Gloria
Lois Smith, John
Myra Lucretia Taylor, Familiar

Myra Lucretia Taylor, Roslyn Ruff, and Tamara Tunie star in Danai Gurira's ''Familiar' directed by Rebecca Taichman, at Playwrights Horizons.

Myra Lucretia Taylor, Roslyn Ruff, and Tamara Tunie star in Danai Gurira’s ”Familiar’ directed by Rebecca Taichman, at Playwrights Horizons. (© Joan Marcus)

Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Greg Hildreth, The Robber Bridegroom
Jeffrey Kuhn, Southern Comfort
Or Matias, Preludes
Chris Sarandon, Preludes
Kevin Zak, Clinton the Musical

Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical
Eisa Davis, Preludes
Karen Kandel, FUTURITY
Leslie Kritzer, Gigantic
Leslie Kritzer, The Robber Bridegroom
Annie McNamara, Iowa

 Leslie Kritzer and company in Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Leslie Kritzer and company in Robber Bridegroom. Photo by Joan Marcus

Outstanding Scenic Design
Mimi Lien, John
Timothy R. Mackabee, Guards at the Taj
G.W. Mercier, Head of Passes
Emily Orling and Matt Saunders, FUTURITY
David Zinn, The Humans

Outstanding Costume Design
Martha Hally, Women Without Men
Toni-Leslie James, First Daughter Suite
Clint Ramos, Eclipsed
Anita Yavich, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Donna Zakowska, Angel Reapers

Outstanding Lighting Design
Christopher Akerlind, Grounded
Mark Barton, John
Ben Stanton, The Legend of Georgia McBride
Justin Townsend, The Humans
David Weiner, Guards at the Taj

Outstanding Sound Design
Matt Hubbs, The Royale
Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen, Guards at the Taj
Fitz Patton, The Humans
Will Pickens, Grounded
Bray Poor, Buzzer

Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Lia Chang

Suzan-Lori Parks. Photo by Lia Chang

SPECIAL AWARDS
Outstanding Alternative Theatrical Experience
Angel Reapers
By Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry
Produced by Signature Theatre
Peter Nigrini, Projection Design, Grounded

HONORARY AWARDS
Lifetime Achievement Award
James Houghton

Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee
Suzan-Lori Parks

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a 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, Taxman and Hide and Seek, which will screen at the Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

 

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