Nods for Players Working Elsewhere

Posted: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 8:08am

Curtain Players from Harlem Road productions in recent seasons were honored with Theatre Roundtable awards and nominations for their creative achievements with other stage companies during the organization’s annual celebration of central Ohio theatre January 28 at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus.

Curtain Players itself received eight nominations, winning four awards, at the event. Click here for details.

“It is wonderful to see actors, directors, and designers from Curtain’s community in theatre recognized for their work elsewhere. We are proud of them as family is, and that their participation has enriched our program,” said Players President James F. Petsche. “It shows how strong and collegial central Ohio theatre is and that Curtain Players is a big part of that.”

Sonda Staley received two trophies. She won Excellence in Direction of a Play for Our Country’s Good at Theatre Columbus State, and Excellence in a Lead Role in a Play (Female) for A Perfect Arrangement at Evolution Theatre Company. Staley this season at Curtain Players served as artistic adviser for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and participated in the Simply Staged: Albee Fest reading of A Delicate Balance.

Sue Wismar also received an Excellence in a Lead Role in Play (Female) trophy, for her role in The Tempest for Actors’ Theatre of Columbus. Wismar was in the cast of The Importance of Benign Earnest at Curtain Players in 2016, and returned to Harlem Road with Actors’ Theatre for its reading of Seascape during Simply Staged; Albee Fest.

Kate Hawthorne won an award for Excellence in Scenic Design for Counter/Top at MadLab Theatre. She was also nominated for in the category for her scenic design of Kitezh, also at Madlab. Hawthorne’s recent Curtain credits include acting in Trevor and stage managing Anne of Green Gables.

Travis Daniel Williams won an award for Excellence in a Lead Role in a Play (Male) for A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage circa 1959 at Theatre Columbus State. Williams was in the cast of Curtain’s Alice: A Variation on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland in the Westerville amphitheater last summer.

Among nominees, Jessica Greenwald was recognized with a nod in the Excellence in a Lead Role in a Musical (Female) for Spring Awakening at Columbus Children’s Theatre. Greenwald played Margot in Curtain’s The Diary of Anne Frank.

Kent Halloran was nominated in Excellence in a Supporting Role in a Play (Male) for A Perfect Arrangement at Evolution Theatre Company. Halloran was stage manager for The Skin of Our Teeth.

Joyce Patrone was nominated in Excellence in a Supporting Role in a Musical (Female) for Mr. Scrooge at Columbus Children’s Theatre. Patrone was in the cast of Curtain’s Zombies from The Beyond.

David Bahgat was nominated for Excellence in Direction of a Musical for Ragtime at Gallery Players. Bahgat was costumer for Curtain’s The Importance of Being Earnest.