San Francisco’s Theatre Bay Area has announced the nominees for their 5th Annual TBA Awards which will be handed out on Monday, November 5 at 7 pm at The Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley’s critically-acclaimed production of Hold These Truths by Jeanne Sakata, an inspiring true story following Gordon Hirabayashi, a Japanese-American student who fought internment to a relocation camp during World War II, snagged three 2018 TBA Award nominations including Outstanding Performance in a Play- Tier 1 for Joel de la Fuente; Outstanding Direction of a Play – Tier 1 for Lisa Rothe and Outstanding Production of a Play – Tier 1.
Hold These Truths celebrates the human spirit as it chronicles Hirabayashi’s journey from college in Seattle all the way to the Supreme Court, and eventually to a Congressional Medal of Freedom. Hold These Truths shares the story of a young man who passionately defends his Constitutional rights against an unexpected adversary: his own country.
The TBA Awards are designed to honor excellence in professionally oriented theatre through a peer-based, Bay Area-wide adjudication process of artists and productions from companies who are members of Theatre Bay Area and pay an awards registration fee.
Over 120 theatre companies from all around the Bay participate in the TBA Awards program each year.
OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE IN A PLAY – TIER 1
Joy Carlin for Marjorie Prime at Marin Theatre Company
Joel de la Fuente for Hold These Truths at TheatreWorks
Emilio Delgado for Quixote Nuevo at California Shakespeare Theater
Santoya Fields for White at Shotgun Players
Margo Hall for Skeleton Crew at Marin Theatre Company & Theatreworks
Randy Harrison for Angels in America, Parts One and Two at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Jeremy Kahn for The Liar at Center Repertory Company
Kerri Shawn for Shirley Valentine at Center Repertory Company
Stephen Spinella for Angels in America, Parts One and Two at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Calvin M. Thompson for The Royale at Aurora Theatre Company
Zoe Winters for Reel to Reel at Magic Theatre
OUTSTANDING DIRECTION OF A PLAY
Michael Butler for The Liar at Center Repertory Company
Rachel Chavkin for Small Mouth Sounds at American Conservatory Theater
Josh Costello for Eureka Day at Aurora Theatre Company
Lisa Rothe for Hold These Truths at TheatreWorks
Tony Taccone for Angels in America, Parts One and Two at Berkeley Repertory Theatre
OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Angels in America, Parts One and Two at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Eureka Day at Aurora Theatre Company
Hold These Truths at TheatreWorks
Our Great Tchaikovsky at TheatreWorks
Reel to Reel at Magic Theatre
The Liar at Center Repertory Company
Complete listings of nominees can be found at www.theatrebayarea.org
Hold These Truths made its world premiere in 2007 at East West Players in Los Angeles. In 2012, the solo play made its Off Broadway premiere at Epic Theatre Company starring Joel de la Fuente, and received a 2013 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. Since its world premiere, it has gone on to play throughout the nation including theatres in Boston, Honolulu, Washington, D.C., Portland, and many others. Critics have lauded the period piece as “a top-notch production” (The New York Times), “particularly impactful” (TheaterMania), and a show which “gives hope that the arc of the moral universe does indeed eventually bend toward justice” (Los Angeles Times).
The production team includes Sound Designer/Composer Daniel Kluger, Scenic Designer Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, Scenic Design Assistant Joo Hyun Kim, Costume Designer:Margaret E. Weedon, Lighting Designer: Cat Tate Starmer, Casting Director Jeffrey Lo and Stage Manager Randall K. Lum.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. 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. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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