39th Elliot Norton Awards broadcast live May 23; John Douglas Thompson receives Sustained Achievement Award
The awards celebrate the theatrical work seen on Boston’s major stages throughout the season.
The 39th Annual Boston Theater Critics Association Elliot Norton Awards will air live May 23 at 8 p.m. Winners of more than two dozen categories will be announced during the virtual ceremony.
John Douglas Thompson receives the Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, after also earning nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for a Major Theater for his performance as Prospero in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company production. Storm, which earned a total of five nominations.
Arlekin Players Theater with Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab and its artistic director Igor Golyak for their work in digital theater, actress Darya Denisova for her virtual work and Julianne Boyd, who is honored after 27 years, received special quotes. lead the Barrington Stage Company as artistic director.
SpeakEasy Stage Company productions garnered a total of 19 nominations, including six for Once on this islandfive nominations each for BLKS and People, places and thingsand three nominations for The sound inside. Gloucester Stage Company little beautiful things received five nominations, his production of Stove received two, and Malcolm Ingram won a nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for a Small Theater or Marginal Theater for Repairs.
The importance of being serious of the Apollinaire Theater Company was nominated in four categories, while his Romeo and Juliet earned Emma Laird a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor for a Small or Marginal Theater. Huntington Theater Company The bluest eye received seven nominations, teen cock received four, Witch received two, and black bean project earned Melinda Lopez and Joel Pérez a Best New Screenplay nomination.
Greater Boston Stage Company Everything is calm won a nomination for Outstanding Music Production and its director Matthew Stern won one for Outstanding Music Direction. Its production of Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help earned Maureen Keiller Outstanding Performance by an Actress for a Midsize Theater nomination. Boston Lyric Stage Company Mr Parent received two nominations, while Jared Troilo was nominated for Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor in his production of The last five years.
Additional productions nominated in multiple categories include strange passage from Moonbox Productions with six nominations, Macbeth in stride from the American Repertory Theater with three nominations and from the Merrimack Repertory Theater Out of resources with two nominations.
Nominations were also given to Jasmine M. Rush for Outstanding Solo Performance in Queens Girl in the world by The Nora, The Front Porch Arts Collective and The Hangar Theater at the Central Square Theatre; Kiki Samko for the exceptional direction of a small theater or a marginal theater in A Grinchley Christmas Carol orphans of gold dust; Nael Nacer for Outstanding Performance by an Actor for a Mid-Size Theater at The merchant of Venice of the Actors’ Shakespeare Project; and Peter DiMuro for his exceptional choreography in Daily life and other odds and ends by Sleeping Weazel and presented by ArtsEmerson.
The Elliot Norton Awards are presented annually by the Boston Theater Critics Association to honor outstanding productions, directors, designers and performers whose work audiences have seen on Boston’s major stages throughout the season.
For the full list of nominations, visit ElliotNortonAwards.com.