THE GREAT LEAP’s Grant Chang, WITCH’s Maura Tierney & Evan Jonigkeit Garner 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards for Lead Performance; Full List of Winners

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

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

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle announced the recipients of its 51st annual awards for distinguished achievement in theatre on April 28, 2020.

Grant Chang has garnered a 2019 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Lead Performance as Wen Chang in Pasadena Playhouse and East West Players’ co-production of Lauren Yee’s The Great Leap, helmed by Tony Award winner BD Wong. 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.

Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman's Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse.
Maura Tierney and Evan Jonigkeit in Jen Silverman’s Witch, directed by Marti Lyons, at the Geffen Playhouse. (© Jeff Lorch)

There were two recipients of the 2019 Production award: Jen Silverman’s Witch (Geffen Playhouse) and Paula Vogel’s Indecent (Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company). Awards in 17 other categories celebrated a wide range of Los Angeles theatre, with 18 different productions taking home honors. Geffen Playhouse’s Witch took home the most awards for a single production, with seven in the categories of Production; Lead Performance for Evan Jonigkeit and Maura Tierney;  Ensemble Performance, Writing for Jen Silverman; Direction for Marti Lyons; Costume Design for Danae Iris McQueen. Geffen Playhouse also received the most awards, with three of its productions winning a combined 10 trophies.

The company of Paula Vogel’s “Indecent.” A co-production with Huntington Theatre Company, “Indecent” at the Ahmanson Theatre. Photo by Craig Schwartz.

Center Theatre Group received a combined nine awards with three of its productions, including Deirdre O’Connell for Solo Performance in Dana H., Bill Sims Jr. for Musical Score for August Wilson’s Jitney and the aforementioned Indecent for Production, Ensemble, Writing and Direction.

The complete list of award recipients is as follows:

PRODUCTION
Indecent, produced by Center Theatre Group and Huntington Theatre Company
Witch, produced by Geffen Playhouse

MCCULLOH REVIVAL
The Caucasian Chalk Circle, produced by Antaeus Theatre Company
Two Trains Running, produced by Sophina Brown

LEAD PERFORMANCE
Grant Chang, The Great Leap, Pasadena Playhouse
Steve Hofvendahl, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Evan Jonigkeit, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Michael Manuel, Frankenstein, A Noise Within
Rob Nagle, The Judas Kiss, Boston Court Pasadena
Maura Tierney, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

FEATURED PERFORMANCE
Nija Okoro, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre
Adolphus Ward, Two Trains Running, Matrix Theatre

ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE
Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre
The Wolves, Echo Theater Company
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

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
Stephan Terry, Salvage, Lounge Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY
Edgar Godineaux and Jared Grimes, Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, Geffen Playhouse

DIRECTION
Marti Lyons, Witch, Geffen Playhouse
Stephanie Shroyer, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Antaeus Theatre Company
Rebecca Taichman, Indecent, Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre

SET DESIGN
John Lee Beatty, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse

LIGHTING DESIGN
Peter Kaczorowski, Key Largo, Geffen Playhouse
Jared A. Sayeg, Ragtime, Pasadena Playhouse

COSTUME DESIGN
Jenny Foldenauer, Argonautika, A Noise Within
Danae Iris McQueen, Witch, Geffen Playhouse

SOUND DESIGN
Mikhail Fiksel, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

CGI/PROJECTION
Yee Eun Nam, The Mother of Henry, Latino Theater Company
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia, Pantages Theatre

SPECIALTY
Steve Cuiffo, Illusions and Lip Sync, Dana H., Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre

The following special award winners were previously announced:
The GORDON DAVIDSON Award for distinguished contribution to the Los Angeles theatrical community: Ojai Playwrights Conference.
The MARGARET HARFORD Award for sustained excellence in theatre:The Fountain Theatre.
The POLLY WARFIELD Award for an excellent season in a small to mid-size theatre: A Noise Within.
The JOEL HIRSCHHORN Award for distinguished achievement in musical theatre: Celebration Theatre.
The TED SCHMITT Award for the world premiere of an outstanding new play: The Mother of Henry, written by Evelina Fernández, produced by the Latino Theater Company.
The MILTON KATSELAS Award for distinguished achievement in direction: Michael Michetti.
The KINETIC LIGHTING Award for distinguished achievement in theatrical design: Hana S. Kim, Projection and Set Designer.

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. The 2019 membership consisted of:

Frances Baum Nicholson, Southern California News Group, Stage Struck Review
Katie Buenneke, Stage Raw, Theater Diges
Erin Conley, On Stage & Screen
Ellen Dostal, BroadwayWorld, Musicals in LA
Lovell Estell III, Stage Raw, ArtsInLA.com
Margaret Gray, Los Angeles Times
Hoyt Hilsman, Huffington Post
Deborah Klugman, Stage Raw
Harker Jones, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Jenny Lower Beckman, Stage Raw
Dany Margolies, ArtsInLA.com, Southern California News Group
Myron Meisel, Stage Raw
Terry Morgan, Stage Raw, TalkinBroadway.com
Steven Leigh Morris, Stage Raw
Melinda Schupmann, Showmag.com, ArtsInLA.com
Jonas Schwartz-Owen, Theatermania.com, BroadwayWorld, ArtsInLA.com
Don Shirley, LA Observed
Les Spindle, EDGE LA
Rob Stevens, haineshisway.com

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 films Wolf, 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 also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.

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