Actor/director Meg Roe swept the lead actress categories at Vancouver’s Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards Monday night, winning the lead actress – large theatre award for The Arts Club Theatre’s production of The Penelopiad and the lead actress – small theatre Jessie for The Electric Company’s All the Way Home.
All the Way Home – an innovative treatment of Tad Mosel’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning play which sat the audience on-stage within the set – picked up more Jessies than any production, winning six in total, including awards for outstanding production, direction (Kim Collier), supporting actress (Nicola Lipman) and set design (Marshall McMahen), as well as the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award.
In the large theatre category, Patrick Street Productions’ The Light in the Piazza led with four awards, including outstanding production, significant artistic achievement (outstanding music and musical direction), lighting design (Alan Brodie) and set design (Lance Cardinal).
Greg Armstrong-Morris won best lead actor for La Cage aux Folles, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s only award in its final season. Jonathon Young was named best supporting actor for the Arts Club’s Intimate Apparel, and The Penelopiad ‘s Colleen Wheeler was named best supporting actress.
Craig Hall won best director for Rumble Productions’ Snowman, which also won for sound design or original composition (Robert Perrault).
Mara Gottler won best costume design for The Merchant of Venice at Bard on the Beach.
In the small theatre category, Andrew Wheeler beat, among others, Andrew Wheeler for lead actor, winning for Pacific Theatre/Horseshoes & Hand Grenades Theatre’s production of Re:Union (he was also nominated for his role in Gordon). Michael Kopsa won best supporting actor for Pound of Flesh Theatre’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.
Bill Richardson and Veda Hille picked up two Jessies for Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, including outstanding original script and original composition or sound design.
Temporary Thing / Twenty-Something Theatre’s The Bomb-itty of Errors picked up two Jessies for significant artistic achievement (outstanding ensemble performance with live music and DJ) and costume design (Vanessa Imeson).
Parjad Sharifi won for outstanding lighting design for Leaky Heaven Circus’s project x (faust).
In the Theatre for Young Audiences category, Théâtre la Sezième’s Le portrait Gooble won for outstanding production, direction (Rachel Peake) and performance (Vincent Forcier). Green Thumb Theatre won the Significant Artistic Achievement Award for outstanding and socially relevant curation. And Drew Facey won for set and costumes for Carousel Theatre’s Aesop’s Fables.
A number of other awards were presented Monday night, including the Patron of the Arts Award, which went posthumously to former Vancouver City Councillor Jim Green, who died in February.