The local theater community turned out in droves for the 2008 Ivey Awards at the State Theatre on Monday night. Little House on the Prairie stars Steve Blanchard (Pa) and Melissa Gilbert (Ma) hosted the event, which honors outstanding achievements in local theater for the preceding year.
This year’s honorees were:
Workhouse Theatre Company’s ‘Night Mother, for overall excellence
Open Eye Figure Theatre’s A Prelude to Faust, for overall excellence
Interact Center’s Broken Brain Summit, for its innovative concept and idea
Frank Theatre’s The Pillowman, for unparalleled emotional impact
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ production of Cabaret, for costume design, scenic design, and choreography
Gremlin Theatre’s Orson’s Shadow for ensemble acting—honorees: Gary Geiken, Katie Guentzel, John Middleton, Carolyn Pool, Matt Rein, and Alan Sorenson.
Actor Jairus Abts, for his outstanding performance as Hedwig in the Jungle Theater’s production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Actor James A. Williams, for his portrayal of Troy Maxson in Penumbra Theatre’s Company’s production of Fences, by August Wilson.
Actor Kate Eifrig, for her portrayal of nine different Iraqi women in 9 Parts of Desire at the Guthrie Theater.
Dramaturg and actor Matthew Amendt won the Emerging Artist award.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Don Stolz, who founded the legendary Old Log Theater in 1940.
If you couldn't make it, check out video journalist Matt Peikin's three-minute distillation of the evening at Three-Minute Egg.