Arts In LA

SAGE AWARDS
for theater in 2018



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, at A Noise Within
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Welcome to the sixth annual Sage Awards!

Yes, the Los Angeles theater critics of ArtsInLA have once again managed to agree on something. This time it’s that the productions, writers, directors, designers, and performers named below are the most meritorious of the many we saw in the Southland in 2018.

If your name is here, we heartily congratulate you. Your work stayed with us through the year.

If you are a theatermaker but your name is not here, we still congratulate you for managing to continue despite the never-ending roadblocks and travails of the art. After all, ultimately, you are part of the community of Los Angeles theater, where, truly, we are all on the same side.


PRODUCTION


The cast of Come From Away
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Geffen Playhouse

Come From Away, Ahmanson Theatre

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Noise Within

Sell/Buy/Date, at Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater at Geffen Playhouse and at The Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center


PLAYWRITING


Sarah Jones in Sell/Buy/Date

Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date, at Geffen Playhouse and at LGBT Center


ADAPTATION

Anna Stromberg and Burt Grinstead, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center


MUSICAL SCORE

David Hein and Irene Sankoff, Come From Away, Ahmanson Theatre


DIRECTION


Jefferson Mays in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Photo by Chris Whitaker

Michael Arden, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Geffen Playhouse

Geoff Elliott, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Noise Within

Michael Matthews, Cabaret, Celebration Theatre

Anna Stromberg, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, LGBT Center


CHOREOGRAPHY


The cast of Ain't Too Proud
Photo by Craig Schwartz

Janet Roston, Cabaret, Celebration Theatre

Sergio Trujillo, Ain’t Too Proud, Ahmanson Theatre

Sergio Trujillo, On Your Feet!, Pantages Theatre


MUSIC DIRECTION

Ian Eisendrath, Come From Away, Ahmanson Theatre

Kenny Seymour, Ain’t Too Proud, Ahmanson Theatre

Anthony Zediker, Cabaret, Celebration Theatre


SCENIC DESIGN

Caroline Stefanie Clay, Kelly McCreary, and Amari Cheatom in Skeleton Crew
Photo by Chris Whitaker

Rachel Myers, Skeleton Crew, Geffen Playhouse


LIGHTING DESIGN


Burt Grinsted in Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Elizabeth Harper, Sell/Buy/Date, Geffen/LGBT Center

Matt Richter, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, LGBT Center

Andrew Schmedake, Native Son, Antaeus Theatre Company at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center

Ben Stanton, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Geffen Playhouse


COSTUME DESIGN

Terri A. Lewis, The Little Foxes, Antaeus Theatre Company at Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center


MAKEUP DESIGN

Klint Flowers, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Noise Within


SOUND DESIGN

Jeff Gardner, Native Son, Antaeus Theatre Company

Cricket S. Myers, Cabaret, Celebration

Joshua D. Reid, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Geffen Playhouse


PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY


Raphael Goldstein and Kasey Mahaffy in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Photo by Craig Schwartz

MaameYaa Boafo, School Girls; Or the African Mean Girls Play, Kirk Douglas Theatre

Rafael Goldstein, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Noise Within

Tom Hanks, Henry IV, Shakespeare Center of LA at West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Campus Japanese Garden

Kasey Mahaffy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Noise Within

Anna Stromberg, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, LGBT Center


PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL


Becky Gulsvig in Come From Away
Photo by Matthew Murphy

Becky Gulsvig, Come From Away, Ahmanson Theatre


ENSEMBLE PERFORMANCE


Claudia Doumit, Kim Hamilton, and Karla Mosley in The Giant Void in My Soul
Photo courtesy Ammunition Theatre Company

Come From Away, Ahmanson Theatre: Kevin Carolan, Harter Clingman, Nick Duckart, Chamblee Ferguson, Becky Gulsvig, Julie Johnson, Christine Toy Johnson, James Earl Jones II, Megan Mcginnis, Andrew Samonsky, Danielle K. Thomas, and Emily Walton

The Giant Void in My Soul, Ammunition Theatre Company at Pico Playhouse: Claudia Doumit, Liza Fernandez, Kim Hamilton, and Karla Mosley


SOLO PERFORMANCE

Sarah Jones, Sell/Buy/Date, Geffen Playhouse and LGBT Center

Jefferson Mays, Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Geffen Playhouse
February 2019

Fitzmaurice Voicework
with Lisa Pelikan

www.LisaPelikan.com


 
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