Winners of 2013 Black Alliance Theater Awards Announced

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The 2013 Black Alliance Theater Awards, which honor excellence in African American theater and dance productions in the Chicago area, were handed out Monday night. Following is a complete list of the recipients:±  Best Production:  “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men,”  eta Creative Arts Foundation.±  Best Ensemble:  “One Name Only,”  Black Ensemble Theater.±  Best Play (Writer): Reginald Edmund, “Southbridge”  (Chicago Dramatists) and                             McKinley Johnson, “Clara” (Open Door Repertory Company).±  Best Direction (Drama or Comedy):  Vaun Monroe, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.”±  Best Direction (Musical or Revue):  Cassandra Bell, “Ain’t Misbehavin'” (The Harold Washington Cultural Center).±  Best Leading Actor (Drama or Comedy):  Amos Ellis, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.”±  Best Featured Actor (Drama or Comedy): Robert Hardaway, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.”±  Best Leading Actor (Musical or Revue):  Byron Glen Willis, “Dreamgirls” (Marriott Theatre).±  Best Featured Actor (Musical or Revue):  Andre De Shields, “The Jungle Book” (Goodman Theatre).±  Best Leading Actress  (Drama or Comedy) : Dael Orlandersmith, “Black N Blue Boys/Broken Men” (Goodman Theatre).±  Best Featured Actress (Drama or Comedy):  Ebony Joy, “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.”±  Best Leading Actress (Musical or Revue):  Alexis J. Rogers, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” ( Porchlight Music Theater).±  Best Featured Actress (Musical or Revue):  Dawn Bless, “One Name Only,”  Black Ensemble Theater.±  Most Promising Actor: Brian Keys.±  Most Promising Actress: Joshlyn Camille Lomax.±  Best Choreography:  Bril Barrett, Star Dixon and Jumanne Taylor, “Heartbreaks, Freestyles, Rhythm Symphonies & an African Mailman” (Chicago Human Rhythm Project).±  Best Musical Direction : Eric Troy, “Clara.”±  Best Sound Design: Rick Sims, “Bulrusher” ( Congo Square Theatre Company).±  Best Set Design: Andrei Onegin, “Bulrusher.”±  Best Costume Design: June Saito, “The Other Cinderella” (Black Ensemble Theater).±  Best Lighting Design: Denise Karczewski, “One Name Only.”±  Best Performance in a Play (Non-Resident):  Billy Porter, “Kinky Boots” (Broadway In Chicago).

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