AUDELCO “The Viv” Winners and Honorees of the 2017-2018 Season

Michelle Wilson, Nedra McClyde, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Lynda Gravatt, Marie Thomas, Harriett D. Foy and Juliana Canfield. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO in association with TRIBECA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER presented the 46th Annual Vivian Robinson AUDELCO Recognition Awards for Excellence in Black Theatre at Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York on November 19.  Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman and Kimberly Orman served as honorary co-chairs of the event.

City College Center For the Arts’ production of On Kentucky Avenue, a new original musical created by Jeree Wade and written by Adam Wade and Ty Stephens, was nominated for 10 AUDELCO Awards, taking home a total of six, the highest number of wins for the evening, including for “Best Musical.”

Photo Flash: Sneak Peek at 'ON KENTUCKY AVENUE', Returning to City College This Winter
The cast of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE. Photo by Mojo Visuals

Classic Stage’s revival of Carmen Jones also took 5 awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, and a lead actress award for the play’s star, Anika Noni Rose.

Justin Keyes, Soara-Joye Ross, Anika Noni Rose, Erica Dorfler, Lawrence E. Street. Photo by Joan Marcus
Justin Keyes, Soara-Joye Ross, Anika Noni Rose, Erica Dorfler, Lawrence E. Street. Photo by Joan Marcus

New York Theatre Workshop’s production of Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand won 3 awards including Best Play for Marcus Gardley (tie with A Small Oak Tree Runs Red by LeKethia Dalcoe), Lead Actress in a Play for Harriett D. Foy  and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Joniece Abbott-Pratt.

Michelle Wilson, Nedra McClyde, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Lynda Gravatt, Marie Thomas, Harriett D. Foy and Juliana Canfield. Photo by Lia Chang
Michelle Wilson, Nedra McClyde, Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Lileana Blain-Cruz, Lynda Gravatt, Marie Thomas, Harriett D. Foy and Juliana Canfield. Photo by Lia Chang

AUDELCO was established and incorporated in 1973 to generate more recognition, understanding and awareness of the arts in African-American communities; to provide better public relations and to build new audiences for non-profit theatre and dance companies.

LIGHTING DESIGN 
Adam Honore (Carmen Jones)

SET DESIGN
Chris Cumberbatch (Harriet’s Return)

COSTUME DESIGN
Carolyn Adams (Two Trains Running)

SOUND DESIGN
Luqman Brown (The Peculiar Patriot)

Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang
Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Photo by Lia Chang

DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Paradise Blue)

DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Lee Summers (On Kentucky Avenue)

PLAYWRIGHT
Dominique Morisseau (Paradise Blue)

Dominique Morisseau at The Drama Bookshop in New York on May 7, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang
Dominique Morisseau at The Drama Bookshop in New York on May 7, 2018. Photo by Lia Chang

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Gil Tucker (A Soldier’s Play)

Gilbert Tucker as Sgt. Vernon C. Waters in A SOLDIER’S PLAY. Photo by Kamoier Williams.

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Joniece Abbott-Pratt (The House That Will Not Stand)

Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus

LEAD ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Ty Stephens (On Kentucky Avenue)

Ty Stephens from the cast of ON KENTUCKY AVENUE. Photo by Matt Peyton
Ty Stephens in ON KENTUCKY AVENUE. Photo by Matt Peyton

LEAD ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 
Anika Noni Rose (Carmen Jones)

David Aron Damane, Anika Noni Rose, Clifton Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
David Aron Damane, Anika Noni Rose, Clifton Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Count Stovall (On Kentucky Avenue)

FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL 
Andricka Hall (On Kentucky Avenue)

OUTSTANDING MUSICAL DIRECTOR (TIE)
Shelton Becton (Carmen Jones)
Richard Cummings, Jr. (On Kentucky Avenue)

CHOREOGRAPHY
Bill T. Jones (Carmen Jones)

Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE (TIE)
Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre Company)
Sugar in Our Wounds (Manhattan Theatre Club)

Tiffany Rachelle Stewart as Mattie, Chinaza Uche as Henry (rear), Stephanie Berry as Aunt Mama, and Sheldon Best as James. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tiffany Rachelle Stewart as Mattie, Chinaza Uche as Henry (rear), Stephanie Berry as Aunt Mama, and Sheldon Best as James. Photo by Joan Marcus

SOLO PERFORMANCE
Sharon Washington (Feeding the Dragon)

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

LEAD ACTOR IN A PLAY
David Roberts (Josh: The Black Babe Ruth)

LEAD ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Harriett D. Foy (The House That Will Not Stand)

Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus

Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus

BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Carmen Jones (Classic Stage Company)

BEST REVIVAL OF A PLAY (TIE)
A Soldier’s Play (Negro Ensemble Company)
The Old Settler (Billie Holiday Theatre)

Warner Miller, Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Maechi Aharanwa. Photo by Lia Chang
Warner Miller, Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Maechi Aharanwa. Photo by Lia Chang

BEST MUSICAL
On Kentucky Avenue (Wade & Wade Productions/City College Center for the Arts)

BEST PLAY (TIE)
A Small Oak Tree Runs Red (Billie Holiday Theatre)
The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy and Joniece Abbott Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy and Joniece Abbott Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus

GRACE JONES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Arthur French
Melba Moore

SPECIAL PIONEER AWARD
Irene Gandy
Cheryl Wills

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Savion Glover
Timothy D. Stickney

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AWARD
Tad Schnugg
Gertrude Jeannette

Tad Schnugg, André and George Faison backstage at Yale's Rep's production of SEVEN GUITARS on December 1, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang
Tad Schnugg, André and George Faison backstage at Yale’s Rep’s production of SEVEN GUITARS on December 1, 2016. Photo by Lia Chang

RISING STAR AWARD
Chinua Baraka Payne

AUDELCO SPECIAL HONOR
CELEBRATING THE  40TH ANNIVERSARY OF AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’

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Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON Nominated for Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Sharon Washington, who is currently performing in her self-penned show FEEDING THE DRAGON, presented by Primary Stages and directed by Maria Mileaf at the Cherry Lane Theatre, has been nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in the category of Outstanding Solo Performance. FEEDING THE DRAGON, a co-production with Hartford Stage, began previews on March 21 and runs through April 27th.

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON will feature scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Sunday, April 1; Wednesday, April 4; Tuesday, April 10; or Tuesday, April 17. There will be additional performances on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm; Monday, April 2 at 8pm; and Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2017/18 Season are on sale now starting at $90 and include tickets to either the final two or all three remaining mainstage productions for the 2017/18 season. All subscription packages can also be purchased by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn
Lia Chang. Photo by Lori Tan Chinn

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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Primary Stages Presents Talkback with Colman Domingo at Sharon Washington’s FEEDING THE DRAGON on April 15

Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang

Primary Stages (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Shane D. Hudson, Executive Director; Casey Childs, Founder) is presenting a special talkback for FEEDING THE DRAGON with guest Colman Domingo following the performance on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Sharon Washington. Photo by Lia Chang
Sharon Washington. Photo by Lia Chang

FEEDING THE DRAGON is written and performed by Sharon Washington (While I Yet Live), directed by Maria Mileaf (A Body of Water), and presented in a co-production with Hartford Stage. FEEDING THE DRAGON, began performances on March 21, 2018 at the Cherry Lane Theatre, opened on Tuesday, April 3, and runs through April 27, 2018.

Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang
Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang

Colman Domingo is an Olivier, Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League Award, NAACP Award nominated, OBIE and Lucille Lortel Award winning actor, playwright and director. He currently stars on AMC’s “Fear The Walking Dead” as Victor Strand. He stars in Barry Jenkins new film If Beale Street Could Talk, Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation and the Netflix recent hit First Match. He is currently represented on Broadway as the co-book writer of the new musical SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of FEEDING THE DRAGON. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON features scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Tuesday, April 17. There will be an additional performance on Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705.

Primary Stages Presents FEEDING THE DRAGON, written and performed by Sharon Washington, at Cherry Lane Theatre, March 21 – April 27

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Primary Stages is presenting FEEDING THE DRAGON, written and performed by Sharon Washington and directed by Maria Mileaf, at the Cherry Lane Theatre (38 Commerce St.). FEEDING THE DRAGON, a co-production with Hartford Stage, begins previews on March 21 and runs through April 27th. Opening night is set for April 3rd.

Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.
Sharon Washington. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

FEEDING THE DRAGON will feature scenic design by Tony Ferrieri, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Ann Wrightson, and sound design by Lindsay Jones.

The performance schedule for FEEDING THE DRAGON is as follows: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 3pm. Exceptions: there will be no performances on Sunday, April 1; Wednesday, April 4; Tuesday, April 10; or Tuesday, April 17. There will be additional performances on Saturday, March 31 at 2pm; Monday, April 2 at 8pm; and Wednesday, April 25 at 2pm.

Single tickets for FEEDING THE DRAGON are priced starting at $70. All tickets are available at PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101. Group tickets are available for $45 per ticket ($35 for student groups) by contacting 212-840-9705. Subscriptions for the Primary Stages 2017/18 Season are on sale now starting at $90 and include tickets to either the final two or all three remaining mainstage productions for the 2017/18 season. All subscription packages can also be purchased by visiting PrimaryStages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212-352-3101.

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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Primary Stages Presents New York Premiere of Sharon Washington’s Autobiographical Solo Work FEEDING THE DRAGON in 2018

Sharon Washington
Sharon Washington

Primary Stages is presenting the New York premiere of Feeding the Dragon written and performed by Sharon Washington (While I Yet Live) and directed by Maria Mileaf (A Body of Water) in March 2018.

Award-winning actress Sharon Washington, beloved by audiences for her performances in Primary Stages’ productions of While I Yet Live and String of Pearls, as well as The Scottsboro Boys on Broadway, returns to Primary Stages to share a uniquely personal story with Feeding the Dragon. As both playwright and star of this autobiographical solo piece, Sharon revisits her time growing up in an apartment on the top floor inside the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

All productions to be performed at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Subscriptions for the 2017/18 Primary Stages season are $140 if purchased by April 30, 2017 and offer one ticket to each production. Subscriptions are available at primarystages.org or by calling OvationTix at 212.352.3101.

Feeding the Dragon is Sharon Washington’s debut as a writer and she is thrilled to be returning to Primary Stages for its NYC premiere. The play received its world premiere at City Theatre this past fall. Ms. Washington has been a working actress for over 25 years. Previous Primary Stages appearances were in While I Yet Live and String of Pearls. Other recent Off-Broadway appearances include Dot (Vineyard Theater); Wild with Happy (Public Theater – Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress, Audelco Award); Luce (Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3); and The Overwhelming (Roundabout Theatre). Sharon appeared on Broadway in The Scottsboro Boys, the last collaboration of the legendary team of Kander & Ebb in the role she originated Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theater. Select regional credits include: Dot (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater); Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center); Jar The Floor (Seattle Rep); The Story (Long Wharf Theatre).

Ms. Washington’s most recent film appearance was playing opposite Danny DeVito in Wiener Dog. Other film and television credits include: “Gotham,” “Blue Bloods,” “The Blacklist,” “White Collar,””Taking Chance,” “Royal Pains,” “Damages,” Mistress America, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, School of Rock, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, Die Hard With A Vengeance, the web series “Hustling” (for which she received a 2015 Indie Series Award); “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: CI,” and “Law & Order: SVU” where she can occasionally be seen on the bench as Judge Virginia Hayes. You may also recognize her voice from her narrations of several documentary series including Animal Planet, Discovery and NOVA. MFA: Yale School of Drama. BA: Dartmouth College. The Dalton School. www.sharonwashington.com