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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