East West Players and Pasadena Playhouse Co-production of Lauren Yee’s THE GREAT LEAP nominated for Two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards Including Lead Performance for Grant Chang and Best Production; Full List of Nominees

Congratulations to the Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players’ co-production of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, helmed by Tony Award winner BD Wong, which has received two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nominations in the categories of Best Lead Performance for Grant Chang and Best Production.

James Eckhouse and Grant Chang in Pasadena Playhouse & East West Players’s production of The Great Leap. (Photo Credit: Jenny Graham)

The Great Leap is the story of an American basketball team in Beijing where the coaches find themselves in a conflict that runs deeper than the strain between the countries, and where a young player’s actions become the accidental focus of attention.

Tabitha Lee, Grant Chang (THE GREAT LEAP), Lauren Yee, BD Wong (THE GREAT LEAP) and Richert Schnorr. Photo by Lia Chang

Below is the full list of nominees for theatrical excellence for the year 2019. This year they are forgoing their annual event ceremony and will instead post the award recipients online in the upcoming weeks.

Production:
Gem of the Ocean, A Noise Within
How We’re Different From Animals, ÉLAN Ensemble
Indecent, Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company
The Great Leap, East West Players and Pasadena Playhouse
The Mother of Henry, Latino Theater Company
Witch, Geffen Playhouse

McCulloh Award for Revival
The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
The Glass Menagerie, A Noise Within
The Skin of Our Teeth, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Two Trains Running, Sophina Brown

Lead Performance
Grant Chang, The Great Leap, Pasadena Playhouse
Willow Geer, The Skin of Our Teeth, Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
Rafael Goldstein, The Glass Menagerie, A Noise Within
Steve Hofvendahl, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Kate Huffman, Friends With Guns, The Road Theatre Company
Evan Jonigkeit, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Michael Manuel, Frankenstein, A Noise Within
Rob Nagle, The Judas Kiss, Boston Court Pasadena
George Salazar, Little Shop of Horrors, Pasadena Playhouse
Liza Seneca, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Maura Tierney, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Dianne Wiest, Happy Days, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum

Featured Performance
Eden Espinosa, Falsettos, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
Tyrin Niles, Scraps, The Matrix Theatre Company
Nija Okoro, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Arianna Ortiz, Friends With Guns, The Road Theatre Company
Adolphus Ward, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Denise Yolén, Scraps, The Matrix Theatre Company

Ensemble Performance
Indecent, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
Scraps, The Matrix Theatre Company
The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Uncle Vanya, The New American Theatre
Witch, Geffen Playhouse

Solo Performance
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H., Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre

Writing
Sarah DeLappe, The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
Jen Silverman, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Paula Vogel, Indecent, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre

Writing, Adaptation
Lucas Hnath, Dana H., Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Mary Zimmerman, Argonautika, A Noise Within

Musical Score
Mark Heard, Pat Terry, Randy VanWarmer, Tim Alderson, Salvage, Lounge Theatre
Bill Sims Jr, August Wilson’s Jitney, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum

Music Direction
Anthony Lucca, Bronco Billy – The Musical, Skylight Theatre
David O, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, South Coast Repertory
Stephan Terry, Salvage, Lounge Theatre

Choreography
Edgar Godineaux & Jared Grimes, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Geffen Playhouse
Janet Roston, Bronco Billy – The Musical, Skylight Theatre
Stephanie Shroyer, Argonautika, A Noise Within

Direction
Marti Lyons, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Stephanie Shroyer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Jack Stehlin, Uncle Vanya, The New American Theatre
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre
Stevie Walker-Webb, Scraps, The Matrix Theatre Company

Set Design
John Lee Beatty, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse
John Iacovelli, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Izmir Ickbal, Happy Days, Center Theatre Group, Mark Taper Forum
Frederica Nascimento, Argonautika, A Noise Within

Lighting Design
Ken Booth, Argonautika, A Noise Within
Elizabeth Harper, Mysterious Circumstances, Geffen Playhouse
Peter Kaczorowski, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse
Jared A. Sayeg, Ragtime, Pasadena Playhouse

Costume Design
Linda Cho, Anastasia, Pantages Theatre
Jenny Foldenauer, Argonautika, A Noise Within
Danae Iris McQueen, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Katherine O’Neill, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Geffen Playhouse

Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H., Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Jeff Gardner, Scraps, The Matrix Theatre Company
Jeff Gardner, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Robert Oriol, Argonautika, A Noise Within

CGI/Video
Jared Mezzocchi, Poor Yella Rednecks, South Coast Repertory
Yee Eun Nam, The Mother of Henry, Latino Theater Company
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia, Pantages Theatre

Specialty
Steve Cuiffo , Illusions & Lip Sync, Dana H., Center Theatre Group, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Dillon Nelson, Puppet Design, Argonautika, A Noise Within

SPECIAL AWARDS
The Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in theatre will be awarded to The Fountain Theatre.

The Polly Warfield Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre will be awarded to A Noise Within.

The Ted Schmitt Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play goes to The Mother of Henry, written by Evelina Fernández, produced by the Latino Theater Company.

The Kinetic Lighting Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design goes to projection and set designer Hana S. Kim.

The Joel Hirschhorn Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre goes to Celebration Theatre.

The Milton Katselas Award for distinguished achievement in direction goes to Michael Michetti.

The Gordon Davidson Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community will be presented to the Ojai Playwrights Conference.

Every effort has been made to ascertain proper credits for our nominees. We regret any errors or omissions. Any that come to our attention will be corrected on our LADCC website and (when applicable) on a recipient’s award certificate.

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle was founded in 1969. It is dedicated to excellence in theatrical criticism, and to the encouragement and improvement of theatre in Greater Los Angeles.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

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 has appeared in the filmsWolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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