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Mark Pracht in "Requiem for a Heavyweight" at the Artistic Home in Chicago. (Photo by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux)

‘Madison County’ and ‘Heavyweight’ Get Most Non-Equity Jeff Awards

A Celebration of non-Equity theatre in Chicago.

CHICAGO: The 46th Annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards were held Monday, June 3rd, at the Athenaeum Theatre. Theo Ubique Cabaret’s production of The Bridges of Madison County and the Artistic Home’s Requiem for a Heavyweight brought home four awards each. Trap Door Theatre took home a Special Award for “opening the door to an evocative and surreal world for 25 years.” Other big winners were Kokandy Production’s Grand Hotel, Sideshow Theatre Company’s Tilikum, Jackalope Theatre Company’s Dutch Masters, Broken Nose Theatre’s Girl in the Red Corner, and Raven Theatre’s Yen.  

A total of 144 non-Equity productions were submitted for Jeff Recommendation, and of those, 51 productions received at least one nomination, representing the work of 33 theatre companies.

The Jeff Awards, established in 1968 and named after actor Joseph Jefferson, celebrate Chicago theatre. There are two Jeff ceremonies each year, one for Equity productions, the other for non-Equity. The Equity Jeff Awards, honoring union productions, will take place October 21 at the Drury Lane Oakbrook in Oakbrook Terrace.

The complete winners list is below:

ENSEMBLE

Plainclothes, Broken Nose Theatre

PRODUCTION – MUSICAL

The Bridges of Madison County, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

PRODUCTION – PLAY

Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Artistic Home

DIRECTOR – MUSICAL

Fred Anzevino, The Bridges of Madison County, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

DIRECTOR – PLAY

John Mossman, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Artistic Home

PERFORMER IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – MUSICAL

Kelli Harrington (Francesca), The Bridges of Madison County, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Missy Wise (Alice Murphy), Bright Star, BoHo Theatre

PERFORMER IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE – PLAY

Patrick Agada (Eric), Dutch Masters, Jackalope Theatre Company

Mark Pracht (Harlan “Mountain” McClintock), Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Artistic Home

PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – MUSICAL

Michelle Jasso (Elizaveta Grushinskaya), Grand Hotel, Kokandy Productions

Jonathan Schwart (Otto Kringlein), Grand Hotel, Kokandy Productions

PERFORMER IN A SUPPORTING ROLE – PLAY

Brianna Buckley (Lily Anne Green), Crumbs from the Table of Joy,  Raven Theatre

August N. Forman (Gina), Girl in the Red Corner, Broken Nose Theatre

Netta Walker (Jennifer), Yen, Raven Theatre

SOLO PERFORMANCE

Sam Krey (Ryan Smithson), Ghosts of War, Griffin Theatre Company

NEW MUSICAL

Alex Higgin–Houser and David Kornfeld, Haymarket, Underscore Theatre Company

NEW PLAY

Kristiana Rae Colon, Tilikum, Sideshow Theatre Company

Philip Dawkins, The Gentleman Caller, Raven Theatre

MUSIC DIRECTION

Jeremy Ramey, The Bridges of Madison County, Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

CHOREOGRAPHY

Breon Arzell, The Total Bent, Haven Theatre Company in association with About Face Theatre

FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHY

John Tovar, Girl in the Red Corner, Broken Nose Theatre

ORIGINAL MUSIC IN A PLAY

Coco Elysses, Tilikum, Sideshow Theatre Company

PROJECTION DESIGN

Paul Deziel, Tilikum, Sideshow Theatre Company

SOUND DESIGN

Petter Wahlback, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Artistic Home

COSTUME DESIGN

John Nasca, Grand Hotel, Kokandy Productions

LIGHTING DESIGN

Erik S. Barry, The Displaced, Haven Theatre Company

SCENIC DESIGN
Ryan Emens, Dutch Masters, Jackalope Theatre Company

ARTISTIC SPECIALIZATION

Sam Hubbard (Violence and Intimacy Direction), Yen, Raven Theatre

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