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2015 Non-Equity Jeff Award nominations

Griffin Theatre Company, Theo Ubique, and Bailiwick Chicago's The Wild Party lead the nominations for the 42nd annual Non-Equity Jeffs.

UPDATED Saturday, April 25: In a turn of events that underlines the arbitrary parameters of arts awards in general, the Hypocrites, who had led the nominations for the 2015 Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards announced late on the night of Thursday, April 23, have removed themselves from the nominations due to professed confusion over the company's Equity status and eligibility. With the Hypocrites' 15 nominations withdrawn, the Jeff committee released a revised list of nominees that includes several new additions.

Hypocrites founding artistic director Sean Graney, who officially returned to the company's leadership last fall after a three-year absence, took responsibility for the company's having submitted the past season's productions under the non-Equity wing; he reportedly reached out to the Jeff committee Friday morning.

Both the Jeff committee and Graney were aware the Hypocrites had cast Equity actors, but both claim to have been under the impression the company was non-Equity and employing Equity actors under Guest Artist contracts, when in fact the Hypocrites had moved onto an Equity CAT-N contract, the entry-level tier under Equity's Chicago Area Theaters agreement.

Graney issued the following statement Saturday afternoon:

"As I only returned as Artistic Director in November, I recently found out that we have been operating as an Equity company under a CAT N agreement for our entire 2014/15 season. I had wrongfully assumed that all of our Equity contracts for the season were Guest Artist contracts and that we were still a non-Equity company. I regret that we did not inform the Jeff Committee of this transition so we were considered as a non-equity company. As soon as we were nominated I realized The  Hypocrites made this terrible mistake and I wanted to rectify it as quickly as possible in order to have transparency and decency. Therefore I contacted the Jeff Committee and informed them of our error. I am glad of the Jeff Committee’s decision and only wish that we were more communicative when we made the decision to become Equity. I apologize to all of wonderful artists who worked so hard for us and deserve their nominations but will no longer be considered a candidate. That is what breaks my heart the most about the course of events."

The three Hypocrites productions whose nominations were rescinded today, All Our Tragic, H.M.S. Pinafore and Endgame, will now become eligible for this fall's Equity Jeff Awards.

With the recalculation of the Jeff committee's nominations, Griffin Theatre Company and Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre each pick up an additional nod to tie for the lead at 15, followed by Bailiwick Chicago with 11. With the ten nominations for All Our Tragic discounted, Bailiwick's The Wild Party now has the most of any single production with nine.

The complete list of nominations follows, with today's new additions highlighted in red. The 2015 Non-Equity Jeff Awards will be presented Monday, June 8 at Park West.

PRODUCTION — PLAY

PRODUCTION — PLAY

Exit Strategy — Jackalope Theatre Company
The Jungle — Oracle Productions
Men Should Weep — Griffin Theatre Company
Monstrous Regiment — Lifeline Theatre
Ruined — Eclipse Theatre Company

PRODUCTION — MUSICAL

PRODUCTION — MUSICAL

Assassins — Kokandy Productions
The Full Monty — Kokandy Productions
Jesus Christ Superstar — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Titanic — Griffin Theatre Company
The Wild Party — Bailiwick Chicago

PRODUCTION — REVUE

PRODUCTION — REVUE

Always… Patsy Cline — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
A Kurt Weill Cabaret — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

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ENSEMBLE

ENSEMBLE

Assassins — Kokandy Productions
Balm in Gilead — Griffin Theatre Company
Exit Strategy — Jackalope Theatre Company
The Jungle — Oracle Productions
Titanic — Griffin Theatre Company
The Wild Party — Bailiwick Chicago

DIRECTOR — PLAY

DIRECTOR — PLAY

Jonathan Berry — Balm in Gilead — Griffin Theatre Company
Matt Foss — The Jungle — Oracle Productions
Gus Menary — Exit Strategy — Jackalope Theatre Company
Steve Scott — Intimate Apparel — Eclipse Theatre Company
Robin Witt — Men Should Weep — Griffin Theatre Company

DIRECTOR — MUSICAL OR REVUE

DIRECTOR — MUSICAL OR REVUE

Fred Anzevino — Always… Patsy Cline — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Brenda Didier — The Wild Party — Bailiwick Chicago
Linda Fortunato — Parade — BoHo Theatre
Rachel Edwards Harvith — Assassins — Kokandy Productions
Scott Weinstein — Titanic — Griffin Theatre Company

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ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — PLAY

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — PLAY

Kevin Cox (Valere) — La Bête — Trap Door Theatre
Aaron Kirby (Jack) — Geezers — Redtwist Theatre
Aaron Kirby (Ken) — Red — Redtwist Theatre
Michael Manocchio (Seth) — Mike and Seth — the side project
Steve O'Connell (Jack) — Dead Accounts — Step Up Productions
André Teamer (Christian) — Ruined — Eclipse Theatre Company
Joseph Wiens (Jimmy Porter) — Look Back in Anger — Redtwist Theatre

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — MUSICAL

ACTOR IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — MUSICAL

Sam Button-Harrison (Aaron) — The Book of Merman — Pride Films and Plays
Jim DeSelm (Leo Frank) — Parade — BoHo Theatre
Maxwell J. DeTogne (Jesus) — Jesus Christ Superstar — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Matthew Keffer (Burrs) — The Wild Party — Bailiwick Chicago
Garrett Lutz (Jerry Lukowski) — The Full Monty — Kokandy Productions

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — PLAY

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — PLAY

Stephanie Chavara (Laura Starr) — Charles Ives Take Me Home — Strawdog Theatre Company
Ashleigh Lathrop (Darlene) — Balm in Gilead — Griffin Theatre Company
Lori Myers (Maggie Morrison) — Men Should Weep — Griffin Theatre Company
Kelly Owens (Esther Mills) — Intimate Apparel — Eclipse Theatre Company
TayLar (Mama Nadi) — Ruined — Eclipse Theatre Company
Kendra Thulin (Woman) — The Vandal — Steep Theatre Company

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ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — MUSICAL OR REVUE

ACTRESS IN A PRINCIPAL ROLE — MUSICAL OR REVUE

Sarah Bockel (Lucille Frank) — Parade — BoHo Theatre
Christina Hall (Patsy Cline) — Always... Patsy Cline — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre
Callie Johnson (Carrie White) — Carrie — Bailiwick Chicago
Courtney Jones (Kate Cunningham) — The Next Thing — Signal Ensemble Theatre
Danni Smith (Queenie) — The Wild Party — Bailiwick Chicago

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