Jeff Awards 2014: Equity Wing winners

Goodman, Writers and American Blues Theater lead the pack


The Goodman Theatre, Writers Theatre and American Blues Theater took home five Jeff Awards each at Monday night's celebration of the year in Equity theater productions. The 46th annual Equity Jeff Awards covered the season from August 1, 2013 through July 31 of this year, encompassing 134 productions.

The Goodman's revival of Brigadoon took top honors for musical production in the "large" tier, with American Blues' production of Hank Williams: Lost Highway taking the "midsize" musical award. Writers Theatre's relatively small staging of The Dance of Death was named best large production of a play. TimeLine Theatre Company's production of The Normal Heart earned the midsize play award.

Rebecca Gilman's Luna Gale, also at the Goodman, was named best new work. John Mossman's The Goddess, at the Artistic Home, earned the award for new adaptation.

Acting awards included well-deserved nods for Mike Nussbaum in last fall's Smokefall, a performance he's currently reprising at the Goodman, Larry Yando and Shannon Cochran in The Dance of Death, and John Hartman in The Second City's current revue, Depraved New World. The cast of Conor McPherson's The Seafarer, produced by Seanachaí Theatre Company (which recently rebranded as Irish Theatre of Chicago), took the award for best ensemble.

The ceremony was set to include a tribute to 24 theater professionals the Chicago community has lost in the past year, including actors Molly Glynn and Bernie Yvon, tragically killed in separate accidents on consecutive days last month. The sequence featured music performed by the cast of Theatre at the Center's current Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, for which Yvon had been in rehearsal.

The complete list of winners is below.

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The Dance of Death—Writers Theatre

The Normal Heart—TimeLine Theatre Company

Brigadoon—Goodman Theatre


Hank Williams: Lost Highway—American Blues Theater

Ain’t Misbehavin’—Porchlight Music Theatre

Nick Bowling—The Normal Heart—TimeLine Theatre Company

William Osetek—Next to Normal—Drury Lane Productions

Brenda Didier—Ain’t Misbehavin’—Porchlight Music Theatre

The Seafarer—Seanachaí Theatre Company

Actor in a Principal Role—Play
Larry Yando—The Dance of Death—Writers Theatre

Actor in a Principal Role—Musical

Matthew Brumlow—Hank Williams: Lost Highway—American Blues Theater

Actress in a Principal Role—Play
Shannon Cochran—The Dance of Death—Writers Theatre

Actress in a Principal Role—Musical
Susie McMonagle—Next to Normal—Drury Lane Productions
Actor in a Revue
John Hartman—Depraved New World—The Second City

Actress in a Revue
Renee Matthews—Old Jews Telling Jokes—Royal George Theatre

Solo Performance
Gwendolyn Whiteside—Grounded—American Blues Theater Actor in a Supporting Role—Play
Mike Nussbaum—Smokefall—Goodman Theatre

Actor in a Supporting Role—Musical
Mark David Kaplan—Les Misérables—Drury Lane Productions

Actress in a Supporting Role—Play
Sandra Marquez—A View From the Bridge—Teatro Vista

Actress in a Supporting Role—Musical
Jessica Rush—Gypsy—Chicago Shakespeare Theater New Work
Rebecca Gilman—Luna Gale—Goodman Theatre

New Adaptation
John Mossman—The Goddess—The Artistic Home

Rachel Rockwell—Brigadoon—Goodman Theatre

Scenic Design—Large
Collette Pollard—In the Garden: A Darwinian Love Story—Lookingglass Theatre Company

Scenic Design—Midsize
Katie-Bell Springmann—Cock—Profiles Theatre Original Music in a Play
PigPen Theatre Co.—The Old Man and the Old Moon—Writers Theatre

Music Direction
Malcolm Ruhl—Hank Williams: Lost Highway—American Blues Theater

Lighting Design—Large
William Kirkham—The Little Prince—Lookingglass Theatre Company in association with The Actors Gymnasium

Lighting Design—Midsize
Rebecca A. Barrett and Lee Keenan—Dorian—The House Theatre of Chicago

Costume Design—Large
Mara Blumenfeld—Brigadoon—Goodman Theatre
Costume Design—Midsize
Bill Morey—How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying—Porchlight Music Theatre

Sound Design—Large
Mikhail Fiksel—The Old Man and the Old Moon—Writers Theatre

Sound Design—Midsize
Lindsay Jones—Grounded—American Blues Theater

Projections/Video Design
Sage Marie Carter—Les Misérables—Drury Lane Productions

Artistic Specialization
Austin Cook—Piano/Conductor—Ain’t Misbehavin’—Porchlight Music Theatre
Jeff Klapperich—Portrait Artist—Dorian—The House Theatre of Chicago
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