Jeff Awards announce 2020 Non-Equity winners

All Quiet on the Western Front leads the pack with six awards.

The company of All Quiet on the Western Front. Photograph: Austin D. Oie

The Jeff Awards committee revealed the winners of its 2020 Non-Equity Jeff Awards this evening, with Red Tape Theatre’s inventive new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s World War I classic All Quiet on the Western Front taking home six awards, including Production—Play, Ensemble, and New Work. BoHo Theatre’s local premiere of Big Fish was named the best musical production of the season.

Notably, neither of the productions that earned top honors from the Jeff committee were reviewed by either of the city’s daily newspapers.

The Non-Equity ceremony, originally scheduled to take place June 8, was moved online due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The virtual ceremony was delayed by two weeks amid the nationwide protests following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

It remains unclear what the committee plans to do about the 2020 Equity Jeff Awards, which are normally presented in the fall. Under the awards body’s rules, the Non-Equity season runs April 1 to March 31, so only a handful of shows were affected when the lockdown began in mid-March; the Equity season, though, runs August 1 to July 31, meaning more than a third of the season was lost. The committee says it will announce its plans in late August.

See the full list of tonight’s winners below; find the complete list of nominees here.


Production – Play

All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

Production – Musical

Big Fish — BoHo Theatre

Ensemble

All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

New Work

Matt Foss — All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

Director — Play

Lili-Anne Brown — P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle — Jackalope Theatre Company

Director – Musical

Stephen Schellhardt — Big Fish — BoHo Theatre

Performer in a Principal Role — Play

Eric Gerard (Blacky Blackerson) — P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle — Jackalope Theatre Company

Brookelyn Hébert (Ada Byron Lovelace) — Ada and the Engine — The Artistic Home

Performer in a Principal Role — Musical

Will Lidke (Hedwig) — Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre

Amanda Raquel Martinez (Pearl, The Victim, Lady Usher, Soldier, Scheherazade) — Ghost Quartet — Black Button Eyes Productions

Solo Performance

Scott Gryder (Alex More) — Buyer & Cellar — Pride Films and Plays

Performer in a Supporting Role — Play

Renee Lockett (Aunt Mama) — Sugar In Our Wounds — First Floor Theater

Michael Turrentine (Geedi, Wamwara, Hassan Abdulla) — Mlima’s Tale — Griffin Theatre Company

Performer in a Supporting Role — Musical

Kyrie Anderson (Sandra Bloom) — Big Fish — BoHo Theatre

Jeff Pierpoint (Will Bloom) — Big Fish — BoHo Theatre

Scenic Design

Alan Donahue — Middle Passage — Lifeline Theatre

Costume Design

Mieka van der Ploeg — First Love is the Revolution — Steep Theatre Company

Sound Design

Dan Poppen — All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

Lighting Design

Stephen Sakowski — All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

Choreography

Breon Arzell — Head Over Heels — Kokandy Productions

Leah Urzendowski — All Quiet on the Western Front — Red Tape Theatre

Original Music in a Play

Ben Chang — The Hound of the Baskervilles — City Lit Theatre

Musical Direction

Michael McBride — Big Fish — BoHo Theatre

Fight Choreography

Maya Vinice Prentiss & Casey Hoekstra — EthiopianAmerica — Definition Theatre Company

Projection Design

Paul Deziel — P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle — Jackalope Theatre Company

Artistic Specialization

Keith Ryan (Wig Design) — Hedwig and the Angry Inch — Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre