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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Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson Extend in Marcus Gardley’s THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND At New York Theatre Workshop through August 19

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

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) (Artistic Director James C. Nicola and Managing Director Jeremy Blocker) is extending the New York Premiere of The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Red Speedo; Pipeline). The House That Will Not Stand began previews on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, and opened Monday, July 30 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003). Originally set to close on Sunday, August 12, The House That Will Not Stand will now run through Sunday, August 19, 2018.

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

The cast for The House That Will Not Stand includes Helen Hayes Award nominee Joniece Abbott-Pratt (NBC’s “Blindspot,” Netflix’s “Luke Cage”), Juliana Canfield (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box), Helen Hayes Award nominee Harriett D. Foy (Amélie), Helen Hayes Award winner Lynda Gravátt (This Flat Earth), Nedra McClyde (Marvin’s Room), Marie Thomas (Having Our Say) and Tony Award nominee Michelle Wilson (Sweat).

Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, and Michelle Wilson in a scene from Marcus Gardley's The House That Will Not Stand. (© Joan Marcus)
Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, and Michelle Wilson in a scene from Marcus Gardley’s The House That Will Not Stand. (© Joan Marcus)

The creative team includes scenic designer Adam Rigg (The Mad Ones), costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Red Speedo), lighting designer Yi Zhao (Pipeline), and sound design and original music by Justin Ellington (Until the Flood). Wig design is by Cookie Jordan (Once on this Island) and movement is by Raja Feather Kelly (The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World). The dialect and vocal coach is Dawn-Elin Fraser (Once on this Island). Terri K. Kohler (In the Blood) serves as stage manager.

Lynda Gravátt and Marie Thomas. Photo by Joan Marcus
Lynda Gravátt and Marie Thomas. Photo by Joan Marcus

In the heat of summer, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley’s lyrical, nuanced play, The House That Will Not Stand, is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Nedra McClyde, Juliana Canfield, Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus

Single tickets for The House That Will Not Stand start at $65. Additionally, a CHEAPTIX $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

 Harriett D. Foy. Photo by Joan Marcus
Harriett D. Foy. Photo by Joan Marcus
 Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Harriett D. Foy and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Joniece Abbott-Pratt. Photo by Joan Marcus
 Joniece Abbott-Pratt,  Juliana Canfield and  Nedra McClyde. Photo by Joan Marcus
Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield and Nedra McClyde. Photo by Joan Marcus
  Juliana Canfield and   Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Juliana Canfield and Michelle Wilson. Photo by Joan Marcus
Marie Thomas and Lynda Gravátt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Marie Thomas and Lynda Gravátt. Photo by Joan Marcus
 Lynda Gravátt. Photo by Joan Marcus
Lynda Gravátt. Photo by Joan Marcus
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

The performance schedule for The House That Will Not Stand is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 7pm performance on Sunday, August 12. The performance on Wednesday, August 15 will be at 8pm. The matinee performance on Sunday, August 19 will be at 2pm.

New York Theatre Workshop’s 2018/19 season will begin in Fall 2018 with What the Constitution Means to Me by two-time Obie Award winner Heidi Schreck (Grand Concourse, “I Love Dick”) and directed by Obie Award winner Oliver Butler (The Amateurs, The Light Years); followed by the New York Premiere of Slave Play by Jeremy O. Harris (Daddy), directed by two-time Obie Award winner Robert O’Hara (Bootycandy). The season continues in 2019 with the first co-production of a two-play collaboration with WP Theater (Artistic Director Lisa McNulty and Managing Director Michael Sag), Hurricane Diane, by Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George (The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence) and directed by Tony Award nominee, two-time Obie Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Leigh Silverman (Violet). The second co-production will take place at WP Theater with details to be announced at a later date. Following Hurricane Diane is Sanctuary City, by 2018 Pulitzer Prize winner, NYTW Usual Suspect and former 2050 Fellow Martyna Majok (queens, Ironbound). The 2018/19 Season will conclude with a new project from Pulitzer Prize finalist, MacArthur Award winner and NYTW Usual Suspect Anna Deavere Smith (Notes from the Field, Fires in the Mirror). Season memberships are available at www.nytw.org or 212-460-5475.

Inside New York Theatre Workshop’s Opening Night Party of THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND with Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson

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Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson Set for NYTW’s NY Premiere of THE HOUSE THAT WILL NOT STAND, July 11 – August 12

From left to right) Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson.

New York Theatre Workshop (NYTW) is presenting the New York Premiere of The House That Will Not Stand  by Marcus Gardley (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation), directed by NYTW Usual Suspect and Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Red Speedo; Pipeline).

From left to right) Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson.
From left to right) Joniece Abbott-Pratt, Juliana Canfield, Harriett D. Foy, Lynda Gravátt, Nedra McClyde, Marie Thomas and Michelle Wilson.

The cast for The House That Will Not Stand includes Helen Hayes Award nominee Joniece Abbott-Pratt (NBC’s “Blindspot,” Netflix’s “Luke Cage”), Juliana Canfield (He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box), Helen Hayes Award nominee Harriett D. Foy (Amélie), Helen Hayes Award winner Lynda Gravátt (This Flat Earth), Nedra McClyde (Marvin’s Room), Marie Thomas (Having Our Say) and Tony Award nominee Michelle Wilson (Sweat).

The creative team includes scenic designer Adam Rigg (The Mad Ones), costume designer Montana Levi Blanco (Red Speedo), lighting designer Yi Zhao (Pipeline), and sound design and original music by Justin Ellington (Until the Flood). Movement is by Raja Feather Kelly (The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World). The dialect and vocal coach is Dawn-Elin Fraser (Once on this Island). Terri Kohler (In the Blood) will serve as stage manager.

The House That Will Not Stand will begin previews on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, with an opening night set for Monday, July 30 at New York Theatre Workshop (79 E. 4th Street New York, NY 10003), for a limited run through Sunday, August 12, 2018.

In the heat of summer in 1813, Louisiana passed from France to the United States. On the eve of the transfer, in a house in mourning, freedom hangs in the balance for a steely widow and her three eligible daughters, all free women of color. Inspired by Federico García Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, Marcus Gardley’s lyrical, nuanced play, The House That Will Not Stand, is directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Single tickets for The House That Will Not Stand are $65, with $25 tickets available for performances from July 11-12 and $45 tickets available for performances from July 13-29.

In order to provide access to those in their surrounding community and those with income limitations, NYTW launched CHEAPTIX, an affordable ticket program. At the first two performances of every NYTW production, tickets are sold to the general public for just $25. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, online at NYTW.org or by phone from the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475. Standard ticketing fees apply.

Additionally, a CHEAPTIX $25 day-of ticket rush will be available for young people, seniors, artists and Lower East Side residents. Rush tickets are subject to availability and are sold cash-only, limit two per person. Proper identification is required for all rush tickets. Youth (ages 25 and under) and seniors (ages 65+) may present an ID indicating date-of-birth; Artists may present an ID and a program or union card; Lower East Side residents may present an ID that includes your address.

The performance schedule for The House That Will Not Stand is as follows: Tuesday and Wednesday at 7pm, Thursday and Friday at 8pm, Saturdayat 2pm & 8pm, Sunday at 1pm and 7pm. Exceptions: there will be no 2pm performance on Saturday, July 14; no performance on Tuesday, July 31; and no 7pm performance on Sunday, August 12.

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