The St. Clair Bayfield Award
David Pittu Receives Equity Shakespeare Award
Three acting awards were presented by the Equity Foundation at the Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 8, 2010. Foundation President Arne Gundersen was on hand to talk about the Foundation, and Councillor Francis Jue emceed the presentation.
David Pittu, Jay O. Saunders
David Pittu received the St. Clair Bayfield Award honoring the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. He was recognized for his performance as the clown, Feste, in the Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park production of TWELFTH NIGHT. The award was presented by Jay O. Sanders in a spot-on performance by their “mutual friend,” George W. Bush, which had the audience in stitches. Mr. Pittu, in turn, thanked Mr. Sanders, who played Toby Belch, and the entire company of TWELFTH NIGHT.
The awards include crystal plaques and a $1,000 check for all three recipients.
The Judges Panel included Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.
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Established in 1973 in memory of Equity member St. Clair Bayfield, the Award honors the best performance by an actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area.