Friday, December 04, 2009

Swelling With Pride

Theatre Unleashed Nominated for Six ADA Awards

Valley Theatre League recognizes almost all of the company’s original Main Stage shows from 2008 and 2009, from actors to writers to designers and more.

LOS ANGELES – Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce that it has been nominated in six different categories in this year’s Valley Theatre League Artistic Director Achievement Awards, for original shows produced by the rapidly growing company in its first two years. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony Monday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the West Valley Playhouse in Canoga Park.

Pin-Up Girls, an original play by Andrew Moore that explored the world of 1940s burlesque dancers, is nominated for Best Original Play. Brian Gaston, who played bumbling-in-love horn player Bottles in the show, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor. Starlet Jacobs is nominated for Best Set Design for the show as well.

Moore is also nominated for Best Author-Original Play for his show Tracing Sonny, a romantic dramedy about how the baggage we carry from childhood can dominate our personal relationships as adults. Yelena Babinskaya is also nominated from the show for Best Lighting Design.

“This is an incredible validation of the work we strive to do,” said Moore, who is also the company’s president. “We have much respect for the other nominees. They have created a rich and fertile theatrical ecology in North Hollywood, which is no small part of why we chose this community as our residence. To be nominated alongside them is a thrill and an honor for this young company.”

Friends Like These, an intense drama about teen violence and one of the company’s most popular shows (along with Pin-Up Girls), is nominated for Best Ensemble Cast. The show, which played to sellout crowds, will return for a brief run January 15, 2010.

“We’ve tried to create an environment in which a person’s vision can flourish and grow through collaboration with no one person pushing the buttons,” said Artistic Director Phillip Kelly. “It’s led to a very diverse couple of seasons that will continue into our third. I’m proud of the people nominated, but I think each of them can easily say they were one part of a whole and that’s why their talents shined as brightly as they did; they left their ego at the door.”

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