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NETCNewsvolume 15 number 3The Future is Now!Schwartz and Gleason Among 2006New Haven Convention Highlightsby Tim Fitzgerald,2006 Convention Advisor/ Awards ChairpersonMark your calendars now for the 2006 New EnglandTheatre Conference annual convention. The dates areNovember 16–19, and the place is Omni New HavenHotel in the heart of one of the nation’s most excitingtheatre cities—and just an hour from the Big Appleitself! This promises to be a true extravanganza, withworkshops and inteviews by some of the leading personalities of current American theatre, working todayto create the theatre of tomorrow. The Future is Now!Our Major Award recipient thisyear will be none other thanthe Wicked man himself,Stephen Schwartz. Schwartz isan award winning composerand lyricist, known for his workon Broadway in Wicked, Pippin,The Magic Show, The Baker’sWife and Godspell, as well as hiscollaboration with composer Alan Menken on thescores for the Disney animated features The HunchbackOf Notre Dam and Pocahontas, (winning two AcademyAwards and a Grammy for the latter). He also provided songs for DreamWorks’ first animated feature, ThePrince Of Egypt, featuring the Academy Award winningsong “When You Believe.” In addition to attending theawards banquet on Saturday evening, Schwartz will betaking part in an interview session Saturday afternoonconducted by’s TJ Fitzgerald, afterwhich the floor will be open up to questions from theaudience.Joining Schwartz are someamazing Special Award recipients. Tony Award-winningactress Joanna Gleason.Gleason also won the DramaDesk Award and the OuterCritics Circle Award for herportrayal of the Baker’s WifeA QuarterlyPublication of theNew England TheaterConference, Inc.summer 2006NETC Gassner Competitiona Global EventApril 15th wasn’t just income tax day—it was also thedeadline for mailing submissions for NETC’s JohnGassner Memorial Playwrighting Award. The awardwas established in 1967 in memory of John Gassner,critic, editor and teacher. More than 300 scripts weresubmitted—about a five-fold increase from previousyears—following an extensive promotional campaign.Area Newspage 2Opportunitiespage 5We read tragedies, melodramas, versedramas, biographies, farces—everything.Some have that particular sort of detail thatshows that they’re autobiographical, andothers are utterly fantastic.“This year’s submissions really show that the GassnerAward has become one of the major playwrightingawards,” said the Gassner Committee Chairman,Steve Capra. “It isn’t a regional contest—more than80% of the scripts came from outside New England.And we received scripts from seven foreign countries.”The Gassner committee considers full-length nonmusical plays. Unlike most awards in its class, it putsno other restraints on either the playwright or on thescript—other than that the script must not have beenproduced or published. The competition is open to allplaywrights everywhere, and to plays on any subject ortheme, in any form.“That’s what makes it so exciting to read these scripts,”said Mr. Capra. “We read tragedies, melodramas, versedramas, biographies, farces—everything. Some havethat particular sort of detail that shows that they’reautobiographical, and others are utterly fantastic.Some of my favorites have been ghost stories.”Past winners of the award have gone on to be published—and to be produced across the country andinternationally.The latest winner, from 2004, was The Dogs of Pripyat,by Leah Napolin. The play is a fable about the effects ofcontinues on page 3insidethis issuecontinues on page 14Ovationspage 6Upcoming Eventspage 8

NETC to Ignite New England Arts SceneFree, Ground-Breaking Performing Arts Marketplace Goes LiveNew England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and theMassachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) announce thelaunch of, a comprehensive online cultural marketplace designed to bring together NewEngland’s performing artists and the people and organizations wishing to present them. This free website usessome of today’s most innovative technology to stimulate New England’s burgeoning arts economy by serving the region’s performing artists and the people andplaces that hire them.This is a truly revolutionary tool that demonstrates both the tremendous wealth ofperforming arts in New England, and the rolethat technology can play in helping these artistsconnect with audiences and enrich our lives.Historically, NEFA and the state arts agencies in NewEngland have helped broker opportunities betweenartists and presenting organizations by using traditionalcommunication methods such as conferences and published artist rosters. With the launch of,technology promises to revolutionize these methods bybreaking geographic and communication barriers, ideally leading to increased visibility for artists and more efficient business transactions within the arts functions as a comprehensive, userfriendly directory of New England’s performancespaces, artists and organizations, containing tools andresources that help match artists with the theatres,event planners, community centers, libraries, schools,galleries, clubs and coffeehouses that hire or book themto perform.“We are thrilled to officially introduce MatchBook.orgto New England’s performing arts community,”remarked Rebecca Blunk, Executive Director of NEFA.“This is a truly revolutionary tool that demonstratesboth the tremendous wealth of performing arts in NewEngland, and the role that technology can play in helping these artists connect with audiences and enrich ourlives. Over time, will expand opportunities for countless communities.”For performing artists, whose broad category includesmusic, dance, theater and the spoken word, the siteoffers free access to high-quality online marketing.Artists can create a profile, including background information, photos, fees and references that can beretrieved using the site’s search functionality.Additionally, a suite of tools enables artists to post andmaintain online portfolios featuring video and audiostreaming technology, which is typically cost-prohibitive for self-employed artists.Presenters, who can be defined as any person or venuethat hires an artist, include an enormous range of possibilities from a 2,000-seat theater to a Parent-TeacherOrganization. For this group, the site acts as a management resource for discovering appropriate artists, viewing work samples, scheduling acts, tracking bookingsand creating and negotiating contracts.For both performers and presenters, MatchBook.orgoffers the latest news on grants and professional development opportunities, including workshops, conferencesand artist showcases happening throughout NewEngland. Facility managers can also use the site to market their venues for rental for private events or other uses.Initiated and administered by the New EnglandFoundation for the Arts and the MassachusettsCultural Council, in partnership with the state artsagencies of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire,Rhode Island and Vermont, construction on the sitebegan in the summer of 2004. At launch, features profiles on over 800 artists fromNEFA’s New England States Touring roster, as well as agrowing volume of performance spaces. The site is opento any New England-based performing artist or presenter, all of whom are encouraged to register at no costand create their online profile in order to expand theonline marketplace throughout the region. To registerand create a free profile, artists and presenters shouldvisit England Foundation for the Arts creatively supports the movement of people, ideas and resources inthe arts within New England and beyond, makes vitalconnections between artists and audiences, and buildsthe strength, knowledge and leadership of the region’screative sector. NEFA is a 501c3 that operates withfunding from the National Endowment for the Arts,the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations and individuals.The Massachusetts Cultural Council promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts,humanities and interpretive sciences, in order toimprove the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of ourcommunities.

volume 15, number 3The Future is Now! continued from page 1in the original production of Into The Woods. She alsoreceived Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics CircleAward nominations for her role as Muriel in theBroadway musical hit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Herother Broadway credits include I Love My Wife (forwhich she received the Theatre World Award), TheReal Thing, Joe Egg (Tony nomination), Social Security(Drama Desk Award), The Normal Heart, It’s Only APlay (Drama Desk Award); Eleemosynary and A Hell OfA Town. She met her husband, actor Chris Sarandon,while appearing in Nick and Nora.We also are very excited tohave Broadway actor GregoryJbara, who originated the roleof Andre in the currentBroadway musical hit, DirtyRotten Scoundrels, alongside fellow honoree Joanna Gleason.Jbara received the BackstageWest Garland 2000 Award forhis performance in the West Coast Premiere of GeorgeFurth’s Precious Sons with Nora Dunn. Other recentstage credits include: ‘Vinnie’ in the Geffen PlayhousePremiere of Neil Simon’s Felix & Oscar, ‘Ike/BessTruman’ in the West Coast Premiere of Michael JohnLaChuisa’s First Lady Suite, ‘Clark Gable’ in The BlankTheatre Company’s, Mr. Shaw Goes To Hollywood,‘Chick Clark’ in Wonderful Town for City CenterEncores!, and ‘Billy Flynn’ in the Tony Award winningrevival of Chicago. He originated the role of ‘SquashBernstein’ in the Broadway musical Victor/Victoria, andplayed the dimwitted catcher, ‘Sohovik’ in theBroadway revival of Damn Yankees! His other stagecredits include the Broadway revival of Born Yesterday,Serious Money, Privates on Parade, Forever Plaid, DasBarbecu and Have I Got a Girl for You!Both Jbara and Gleason have graciously offered to present workshops, topics TBA.Rounding out our list of SpecialAward Recipients is filmmaker/writer Rick McKay. Rick is alsothe sole owner and proprietor ofSecond Act Productions, the production company that producedthe feature film Broadway: TheGolden Age, by the Legends Who Were There. Broadway:The Golden Age has won over 15 film festival awards, andis on 17 critics’ year-end lists of their Top Ten Films of2004 and was a hit in theatres around the country. TheDVD is best seller as an Sony/BMG release and the filmpremiered on PBS television television in March 2006.Two sequels to the film are already in production.McKay’s documentary, Fay Wray: A Life is due out in late2006. In a special seminar session, McKay will be talkingabout his Broadway: The Golden Age film, as well givingsneak clips of the upcoming sequel, Broadway: The NextGeneration.Massachusetts native Jamie McGonnigal will receive aRegional Award. McGonnigal, is best known for hiswork as a producer and director with his World AIDSDay Concert productions of Pippin (starring RosieO’Donnell and Ben Vereen), Children of Eden and TheSecret Garden (Named in Top Ten Theatre Events of2005 by and He hasalso produced and/or directed benefit concerts forBroadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (StandingOvations I, II & III), The Matthew ShepardFoundation (Embrace! 2004, 2005, 2006), God’s LoveWe Deliver (Miracle Concerts), the Joey DiPaoloAIDS Foundation (FLOPZ, FLOPZ 2, CUTZ),Parkinsons Resource Organization (Broadway PROs)and victims of Hurricane Katrina (With Love, FromBroadway to the Bayou). His first benefit, NEO for theYork Theatre Company is currently available on JayRecords. In his concert work, he has had the honor ofworking with such luminaries as Betty Buckley, ChitaRivera, Alan King, Robert Altman, Jennifer Holliday,Mike Nichols, Helen Gurley Brown and TammyGrimes. McGonnigal will also be conducting a workshop with more information to follow.Following the awards ceremony on Saturday evening,a small cabaret will be presented featuringMcGonnigal, yours truly and hopefully a couple ofsurprise performances.Somehow, the planners will find the time to schedulethe familiar events that NETC members have grown toexpect over the years. Teenagers are invited to theinvigorating Theatre Olympiad on Friday, and throughout the weekend all members can expect a full schedule of challenging panels, workshops and presentationson topics to appeal to every category of theatre work—educational, community and professional. Our conveniently located exhibit hall will give members a chanceto discover the latest in theatre technology, materialsand literature. College representatives will be on handto spread the word about academic theatre offerings inregional higher education.This year’s convention promises to be an event thatwill be talked about for years to come and one thatshould not be missed. For further information contactme directly at [email protected] or call the NETCoffice at 617-851-8535. And watch your mailboxes forregistration brochures later this summer. See you inNew Haven!3Cover Story

NETC News4AreaNewsNew Hampshire’s New Community Theater GroupBest Foot Forward Productions:Theater For Youth,About Youth—The Theater Out Of The Box!NETC welcomes a new community theatre group inNew Hampshire! After a year or so in the planning,Best Foot Forward is ready for its debut season inStevens Town Hall, Chester, NH on the corner ofRoute 102 and 121. The premiere season will openwith a production of Bye Bye, Birdie, November 10through 19, followed by Oliver, April 6 through 15,2007. Other productions—non-musicals, studentdirected one-acts, etc.—are also being planned.The mission of Best Foot Forward Productions is threefold: First, to provide youth with the opportunity tolearn about all aspects of theater (both on and offstage). Next, to accomplish this through producing alltypes of theatrical productions and mentoring youth indirecting, lighting, sound, acting etc. And lastly, toprovide the community with easily accessible andaffordable quality theatrical entertainment.The theatre component is two-tiered, addressing training and educational needs of both children and adultsthrough opportunities for on-the-job training in theatrecraft, as well as open auditions.A unique aspect of the BFF board is that while theofficers are all legal adults, many of the other Boardmembers are teenagers.Best Foot Forward Board of Directors 2006–2007President: Christine Frydenborg; Vice-President in chargeof budget, PR and membership: Timothy Dargon; VicePresident in charge of play selection and house/facilities:Rachael Canavan; Secretary: Cheryl Stancik; AssistantSecretary: Lexi Deschene; Treasurer: Scott Deschene;Directors: Mike Soares, Alisha Buyck, MaryannStancik, Sarah Tyrrell, Amanda Stancik, Dan Mullins,Erin Murphy and Olivia PappBFF is a member of AACT and NHCTA. BFF canreached at [email protected] or 603-641-6066.The address is 40 Castle Drive Hooksett, NH 03106.Home page is[ .]If you don’t see your name in print here,maybe we haven’t heard from you.Deadline for Fall issue ofNETC NEWS is August 15!Send us news of your season line-upand your summer triumphs.Send all items (Word text—jpeg photos)to [email protected] in mind that there may be as muchas a six-week turnaround between deadline andactual publication, please prepare time-sensitivematerial accordingly.

volume 15, number 3Scripts Sought:HavemeyerShort Play ReadingComing Soon At LeddyCenter:Summer Camp!The Acting Company of Greenwich (CT) is pleased toannounce the 3rd Annual Havemeyer PlaywrightCompetition. We invite playwrights to submit theirunpublished short plays of 15 minutes or less.Leddy Center School is pleased to announce the 2006summer camp schedule! Sing Out I! Singing Campwith Mary Gatchell for ages 7 to 11 will run from June19 through June 23; Sing Out II! Singing Camp withMary Gatchell for ages 12 to 16 will run from June 26through June 30; Musical Theater Summer Camp withElaine Gatchell, Mary Gatchell and Brandon Mallard,for ages 9 to 16, will run from July 3 through July 14;Half-Pint Musical Theater Camp with Jennifer Cardinfor ages 5 to 8 will run from July 31 through August 4.In addition, LJ Tufts will be offering private voice lessons on Wednesdays and Thursday and Chris Thurstonwill be offering private drum lessons on Fridays. Formore information, go to and clickon LEDDY SCHOOL or SUMMER CAMPS or call603-679-2781.All submissions must be postmarked by Friday, July 7,2006. For full details, rules and forms go or go to TheActing Company of Greenwich home page( and click the “competition” button onthe left hand side.The finals will be held in Greenwich, CT, onThursday, September 28, 2006. The evening will feature staged readings of approximately 8 short playschosen as finalists with a winner to be selected by adistinguished panel of judges. Last year’s finalists wereperformed by an outstanding group of professionalactors including Broadway/Film/TV stars DanielGerroll, Neal Huff, Patricia Kalember, and BrettSomers. The winner will receive 50 and a speciallydesigned Baccarat crystal award.The competition is a benefit for the Havemeyer ArtsCenter building fund. The Havemeyer building is abeautiful old school built in 1892 located in downtownGreenwich. The plan is to convert the now run down44,000 sq. ft. building into a state-of-the-art ArtsCenter which will be a wonderful place for the artscommunity to come together. The center will be renovated solely by private donations. All proceeds fromThe Havemeyer Playwright Competition go to theHavemeyer building fund.Junior High notes from Acton—Job Opening and Set Pieces!J. Grey Junior High School seeks a director for its springmusical to be performed in March, 2007. The successful candidate will be able to choose the script. This is alarge show with much school and community support. 2000.00 stipend. For inquiries, please contact LindaPotter [email protected] or send resume to: CraigHardomon, Principal, R. J. Grey Junior High School,16 Charter Road, Acton MA 01720.Also: Are you doing 42nd Street? We have beautifullarge 10' dimes for the “Money” set as well as 9 dimesto dance on for sale. Reasonable. Contact Linda Potterat [email protected] Center’s office hours are Monday through Friday,8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Leddy Center is a non-profitNew Hampshire Arts & Education organization.WANTED: Visiting Professorin Acting,Movement,& VoiceThe Suffolk University Theatre Department seeksresumes for a half-time visiting professor in acting,movement, and voice for September, 2006–May,2007. The professor will teach courses in the aforementioned areas; attend planning and staff meetings;participate in special projects; and advise studentsduring regular office hours. A minimum MA or equivalent as well as teaching experience in a universitysetting is required. A resume with three referencesand an introductory cover letter must be received nolater than June 30, 2006. Please send these materialsto Jim Kaufman, fax: 617-742-5024; [email protected]; or (preferred) hard copy to Suffolk UniversityTheatre Department, 41 Temple Street, Boston, MA02114. No calls, please. Suffolk University is an EqualOpportunity Employer.5Opportunities

NETC News6OvationsIRNE Awards 2006The Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE)Awards were presented this year at the Hotel Lenox onMonday, March 27, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.The Keith A. Macdonald Award for a Life in theTheatre was presented to Jon Kimball, of the NorthShore Music Theatre (2005 NETC honoree).Design awards were given to Eugene Lee (Best SetDesign, Small Company) for Top Dog/Underdog at NewRepertory Theatre and Trinity Repertory Theatre. Inthe category of Set Design for Large Companies thewinner was Alexander Dodge for The Rivals atHuntington Theatre Company.Best Lighting Design/Small Company was given toJohn Malinowski for Kiss of The Spider Woman atSpeakeasy Stage Company. The lighting honors for alarge company went to Chris Parry for 36 Views atHuntington Theatre Company.Best Costume Design/Small Company was won byNancy Leary for Into The Woods at New RepertoryTheatre. Michael Krass won the large company awardfor his design of The Rivals at Huntington TheatreCompany.Best Sound Design/Small Company went to MattO’Hare (Kiss Of The Spider Woman, Speakeasy Stage)and Laurie Anderson for Far Side Of The Moon atAmerican Repertory Theatre (Large Company).In the performance categories, voters apparently had anembarrassment of riches to choose from, as many categories resulted in ties. For best solo performance/smallcompany, Mike Albo (My Price Point at TheatreOffensive) tied with Paula Plum for her work inDressed Up/Wigged Out at Blackbird Productions andDUWO Sister Partnership. Jefferson Mays took thelarge company prize for I Am My Own Wife (Broadwayin Boston at the Wilbur).Best Supporting Actress/Small Company was also a tiebetween Ramona Alexander for 103 Within The Veil atCompany One and Michelle Dowd for Story atZeitgeist Stage Company.And yet again another tie for the the same category ina large company, as Mireille Enos in Who’s Afraid OfVirginia Woolf? (Broadway in Boston) shared the honorwith Debra Offner in The Sisters Rosensweig at TheHuntington Theatre Company.Best Supporting Actor/Small Company was won byChristopher Brophy in Take Me Out at SpeakeasyStage/Boston Theatre Works. Will LeBow walkedaway with the award for large company for his work inThe Rivals at the Huntington Theatre.Honors for Best Actress in a small company wereshared between Mariela Lopez-Ponce (Living Out,Lyric Stage) and Sandra Shipley (Long Day’s JourneyInto Night, Gloucester Stage Company), while DebraMonk was recognized in the large company category forLaughing Wild at the Huntington.For Best Actor /Small Company, Todd Alan Johnson(True West at New Repertory Theatre) tied with JoeWilson Jr. (Top Dog/Underdog at Trinity RepertoryTheatre and New Repertory Theatre). Bill Irwin wonthe large company honors for his acting in Who’s AfraidOf Virginia Woolf? at Broadway In Boston’s WilburTheatre.Best Ensemble Playing recognition went to Take MeOut at Speakeasy Stage/Boston Theatre Works (SmallCompany) and Crazy For You at Reagle Players (LargeCompany).Paul Daigneault was recognized as Best Director SmallCompany for Take Me Out at Speakeasy Stage/BostonTheatre Works, and Nicholas Martin for The Rivalsand The Sisters Rosensweig at The Huntington TheatreCompany (Large Company).103 Within The Veil by Kirsten Greenidge at CompanyOne tied with Permanent Whole Life by Zayd Dorn atBoston Playwrights’ Theatre for Best New Play from asmall company. Large company honors went to CultureClash In Americca by Culture Clash at The HuntingtonTheatre Company.Best Production (Drama/Comedy) from a small company was awarded toTake Me Out (Speakeasy Stage/Boston Theatre Works). Who’s Afraid Of VirginiaWoolf? at Broadway In Boston’s Wilbur Theatre wonthe large company category.In the world of musicals, choreography honors went toJosie Bray for Promises, Promises, at Animus Ensemble,who tied with Ilyse Robbins, for Urinetown, at LyricStage Company of Boston (Small Company). Largecompany choregraphic recognition went to EleenGrace for Crazy for You at the Reagle Players.continues on page 9

volume 15, number 3The 24th Annual Elliot Norton AwardsThe 24th annual Elliot Norton Awards were presentedon May 22, 2006, at the Cutler Majestic Theatre inBoston. Presented by Boston Theater Critics Associationand Emerson College, the awards honored the season’sbest work in Boston’s theaters (from April 2, 2005 toMarch 30, 2006).For the first time in the history of the Elliot NortonAwards, nominations for each category were announcedin advance. Nominees and Elliot Norton Award recipients(in bold) and are listed below. In addition, special awardswere given to William Finn (Lifetime Achievement),Boston Conservatory (Special Citation), and SpiroVeloudos (Norton Award for Sustained Excellence).The Selection Committee was comprised of Terry Byrne,Carolyn Clay, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Jon Lehman.Bill Marx, Ed Siegel, and Caldwell Titcomb.OUTSTANDING DESIGNJanie E. Howland, Urinetown (Lyric Stage Company),True West (New Repertory Theatre), Five By Tenn(SpeakEasy Stage Company), Talley’s Folly (Lyric StageCompany)Eric Levenson, Take Me Out (SpeakEasy StageCompany and Boston Theatre Works)Adam Stockhausen, The Hopper Collection (HuntingtonTheatre Company)OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, Small/MidsizedCompanyDiego Arciniegas, Arcadia (Publick Theatre)Scott Edmiston, Five by Tenn (SpeakEasy Stage Company)Spiro Veloudos, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; A Number;Urinetown (Lyric Stage Company)OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR, Large CompanyBrian McEleney, Hamlet (Trinity Repertory Company)Jerry Mouawad, No Exit (American Repertory Theatre)Robert Woodruff, Olly’s Prison (American RepertoryTheatre)OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCEBilly Crystal, 700 Sundays (Broadway in Boston)Aidan Dooley, Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer (SúgánTheatre Company)Jefferson Mays, I Am My Own Wife (Broadway inBoston)OUTSTANDING ACTOR, Large CompanyBill Camp, Olly’s Prison (American Repertory Theatre)Jeremiah Kissel, Hamlet (Commonwealth ShakespeareCompany), The Sisters Rosensweig (Huntington TheatreCompany)Will Lyman, Hamlet (Commonwealth ShakespeareCompany)OUTSTANDING ACTOR, Midsized CompanyAllyn Burrows, The Homecoming (MerrimackRepertory Theatre), King Lear (Actors’ ShakespeareProject), Five by Tenn (SpeakEasy Stage Company)Alvin Epstein, King Lear (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)Jonathan Epstein & Tony Molina, Othello (BostonTheatre Works)OUTSTANDING ACTRESS, Large CompanyLeslie Lyles, The Hopper Collection (Huntington TheatreCompany)Karen McDonald, Olly’s Prison; No Exit (AmericanRepertory Theatre)Molly Ward, Three Sisters (American Repertory Theatre)OUTSTANDING ACTRESS, Midsized CompanyVeronica J. Kuehn, Into the Woods (New RepertoryTheatre), Urinetown (Lyric Stage Company)Paula Plum, The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Lyric StageCompany)Sandra Shipley, Long Day’s Journey Into Night(Gloucester Stage Company)OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION by aLocal Fringe CompanyMy Heart and My Flesh (Coyote Theatre)P.S. Page Me Later (Alarm Clock Theatre Company)The Possibilities (Whistler in the Dark)OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION by aLarge Resident CompanyHamlet (Trinity Repertory Company)No Exit (American Repertory Theatre)Olly’s Prison (American Repertory Theatre)OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION by aMidsized Resident CompanyFive By Tenn (SpeakEasy Stage Company)The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Lyric Stage Company)King Lear (Actors’ Shakespeare Project)OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION by aSmall Resident CompanyArcadia (Publick Theatre)Gagarin Way (Súgán Theatre Company)Othello (Boston Theatre Works)OUTSTANDING VISITING PRODUCTIONForbidden Broadway: Special Victims Unit (HuntingtonTheatre Company)Monty Python’s Spamalot (Broadway in Boston)700 Sundays (Broadway in Boston)Outstanding Musical ProductionFalsettos (Huntington Theatre Company)On the Twentieth Century (Overture Productions)Urinetown (Lyric Stage Company)7Ovations

8UpcomingEventsNETC NewsThe Ko Festival of Performance Announces15th Season LineupTo celebrate its 15th summer season of innovativetheatre in Amherst, MA the Ko Festival ofPerformance will host artists from the Festival’s firstfourteen years, sharing their latest works. Under theartistic direction of Sabrina Hamilton, the caliber ofperformances, workshops, lobby displays, discussionsand artist retreats comprising the Festival, has led itto be named one of the top 60 festivals in LisaMulcahy’s recent book THEATER FESTIVALS: BestWorldwide Venues for New Works.Friday–Sunday, July 28–30 at 8 p.m.VERONICA’S FOLD: Take 1by Wendy Woodson and Present Company ofAmherst, MA.A video and performance piece featuring 5 characterslost and found in an off kilter world. JoiningWoodson are New York and Western Mass artistsPeter Schmitz, Marina Libel, Lisa Biggs, CandiceSalyers and Tom Vacanti. Kathy Couch is set andlighting designer.PERFORMANCE SCHEDULEFriday–Sunday, August 4–6 at 8 p.m.A COMIIC STRIPCreated and performed by Touchstone Theatreof Bethlehem, PA, directed by Daniel Stein,of the Dell’Arte Company of Blue Lake, CAIn Touchstone’s dark and funny work, the life of aseasoned, successful, and world famous comic-stripartist begins to violently unravel. WARNING:Viewer Discretion Advised! This piece containsadult themes, graphic language, and strong sexualcontent. Think Looney Tunes meets David Lynch.So keep the kids with a babysitter.Friday July 14 at 8 p.m.VALENTYNE AND ORSONRalph Lee’s Mettawee River Companyof New York CityA new production based on a sprawling medievalFrench folk tale that incorporate live music and avariety of masks, puppets and other visual elements,Ralph Lee designs and directs, with costumes byCasey Compton.An all-ages event, outdoors on the Amherst CollegeObservatory Lawn off of Snell Street. Bring blankets,lawn chairs and insect repellant, but leave the pets athome. Adults 7.00, Children 5.00. No reservationsnecessary.Saturday, July 15 at 8 p.m.THE KO KABARET, a special anniversary galacabaret featuring a surprise roster of artists from thefirst fourteen years of Ko Festival.Sunday, July 16 at 8 p.m.HOUSE/BOYConceived and performed by Nicky ParaisoDirected by Ralph Peña, the concluding his autobiographical trilogy with an evening-length solo that isa sweet, poignant and musical look at parental legacies, and the enduring theme of what “home” meansto Filipino-Americans.Friday–Sunday, July 21–23 at 8 p.m.N (Bonaparte)By Laura Harrington of Cambridge, MA.Performed by Pilgrim Theatre of Ashfield andBoston, MA, with Ko Festival favorite, KermitDunkelberg as the Little Emperor. Exiled to an islandon the edge of nowhere, plagued by rats, haunted byJoan of Arc, and seduced by fame, one s

Broadway musical hit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, alongside fel-low honoree Joanna Gleason. Jbara received the Backstage West Garland 2000 Award for his performance in the West Coast Premiere of George Furth’s Precious Sonswith Nora Dunn. Other recent stage credits include: ‘Vinnie’ in the Geffen Playhouse