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The Joe A. Callaway Award

Suzanne Bertish and Paxton Whitehead Receive Equity Foundation Classic Theatre Award

Suzanne Bertish and Paxton Whitehead have received the 2014 Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The award, honoring the best performance in a professional production of a classic play — one written prior to 1920 — in the New York metropolitan area, was presented at Equity’s Eastern Regional Membership Meeting on January 9, 2015, at the Equity office in New York City.

Both performers were recognized for their performances in The Heir Apparent by David Ives, adapted from the 18th century play by Jean-François Regnard presented by the Classic Stage Company.

In addition, Bertish was cited for her performance in the Roundabout Theatre production of Machinal. She has worked extensively in London and with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she received an Olivier Award for her performance in Nicolas Nickleby. Her work in America includes The Molière Comedies, for which she received a Tony nomination; The Art of Success; Wit; Skirmishes, which brought her a Theatre World Award; and Richard III at The Public Theater, among many other plays.

Upon winning the award, she said, “I’m unbelievably honored and touched to receive this. Since moving here three years ago, so many people have made me feel so welcomed to this community and this city. And for that, I’m humbled.”

Paxton Whitehead has appeared on Broadway in, among other plays, The Importance of Being Earnest; Absurd Person Singular; Lettice and Lovage; Noises Off, for which he received a Drama Desk Award; Camelot, where he received a Tony nomination; The Crucifer of Blood; A Little Hotel on the Side; and Artist Descending a Staircase. He played Colonel Pickering and later Henry Higgins in the Broadway revival of My Fair Lady, garnering a Helen Hayes Award for his performance.

Accepting the award, Whitehead recounted stories of “pink gin” he shared with his introducer, friend and colleague Jack O’Brien, and about the unseemly characters he has played during his career — “This is why I’m keeping the check,” he said.

Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989, the award includes a $1,000 check plus a commemorative engraved plaque for each recipient.

Previous recipients of the Callaway include Laura Ambrose, Kate Burton, Byron Jennings, Frank Langella, Laura Linney, Lily Rabe, Liev Schreiber and, in 2013, Jonathan Cake and J. Smith Cameron. The Actors’ Equity Foundation, a philanthropic and humanitarian non-profit organization, was created in 1962 to aid and assist the members of the acting profession and to promote the theatre arts. It is separate from Actors’ Equity Association and is funded by estate bequests and individual donations.


The 2014 Joe A. Callaway Award winners, Suzanne Bertish (left) and Paxton Whitehead (right), along with the 2014 St. Claire Bayfield Award winner Amanda Quaid (center).
credit: Stephanie Masucci

 

Award pages:

ACCA
Arizona Theatre Service
Bayfield
Callaway
Derwent
Diversity on Broadway
Eisenberg
Jordan
Lamkey
LeNoire
Quinn
Robeson
Seff
Sturtevant


Established by Equity member Joe A. Callaway in 1989 to encourage participation in the classics and non-profit theatre.



Recipients of the Joe A. Callaway Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play Production
1989 Alfre Woodard Paulina THE WINTER'S TALE New York Shakespeare Festival
Victor Garber Richard Dudgeon THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE Circle in the Square
1990 Philip Bosco Harpagon THE MISER Circle in the Square
Mary Alice Margaret RICHARD III New York Shakespeare Festival
1991 Campbell Scott Pericles PERICLES, PRINCE OF TYRE New York Shakespeare Festival
Mary Beth Hurt Emilia OTHELLO New York Shakespeare Festival
1992 Jake Weber Orlando AS YOU LIKE IT New York Shakespeare Festival
Maryann Plunkett Masha
Kaja
Marcelle Paillardin
THE SEAGULL
MASTER BUILDER
A LITTLE HOTEL ON THE SIDE
National Actors Theatre
1993 Robert Sean Leonard Marchbanks CANDIDA Roundabout
Maryann Plunkett Joan of Arc SAINT JOAN National Actors Theatre
1994 Robert Stattel Titus Andronicus TITUS ANDRONICUS Theatre for a New Audience
Laura Linney Thea Elvsted HEDDA GABLER Roundabout Theatre
1995 Brian Bedford Sganarelle THE MOLIERE COMEDIES Roundabout
Laila Robins Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE New York Shakespeare Festival
1996 Frank Langella The Captain THE FATHER Roundabout
Kathleen Chalfant Mistress Quickly
Queen of France
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
HENRY V
New York Shakespeare Festival
1997 Max Wright Pavel Lebedev IVANOV Vivian Beaumont
Helen Carey Lady Gay Spanker LONDON ASSURANCE Roundabout
1998 Liev Schreiber Iachimo / Jupiter CYMBELINE New York Shakespeare Festival
Zoe Wanamaker Electra ELECTRA Barrymore Theatre
1999 Anne Dudek Iphigenia IPHIGENIA Theater for a New Audience
No male choice
2000 Byron Jennings Henry Trebell WASTE Theatre for a New Audience
Myra Carter Eleanor KING JOHN Theatre for a New Audience
2001 Larry Pine The Doctor THE SEAGULL Shakespeare in the Park
Kate Burton Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER Ambassador Theatre
2002 Evan Robertson Claudio MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Pearl Theatre
Celeste Ciulla Miss Kate Hardcastle SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER Pearl Theatre
2003 Earl Hindman Julius Caesar JULIUS CAESAR Theatre For A New Audience
Kathryn Meisle Elmire TARTUFFE Roundabout Theatre
Carol Schultz Mrs. Malaprop THE RIVALS Pearl Theatre Co.
2004 Joanne Camp Toinette THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
Robert Hock Argan THE IMAGINARY INVALID Pearl Theatre Company
2005 Elizabeth Marvel Hedda Gabler HEDDA GABLER NY Theatre Workshop
Sean McNall Mr. Paris THE GENTLEMAN DANCING-MASTER Pearl Theatre Company
2006 Lily Rabe Ellie Dunn HEARTBREAK HOUSE Roundabout Theatre Co.
Michael Stuhlbarg   THE VOYSEY INHERITANCE Atlantic Theatre Co.
2007 Lauren Ambrose Juliet ROMEO AND JULIET The Public Theatre
Byron Jennings Bastien André IS HE DEAD?  
2008 Kathryn Meisle   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
Everett Quinton   WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN Red Bull Theatre
2009 Kate Forbes   OTHELLO New Audience
John Douglas Thompson   OTHELLO / THE EMPEROR JONES New Audience / The Irish Repertory Theatre
2010 Lily Rabe Portia THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Public Theatre
Matthew Rauch Bosola THE DUCHESS OF MALFI Red Bull Theater
2011 Danai Gurira Isabella MEASURE FOR MEASURE Public Theatre
Derek Smith Dog THE WITCH OF EDMONTON Red Bull Theater
2012 Merritt Wever Sonya UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
Michael Shannon Astrov UNCLE VANYA Soho Rep
2013 Jonathan Cake Benedick MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Theatre for a New Audience
J. Smith-Cameron JUNO JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK Irish Rep
2014 Suzanne Bertish Madame Argent THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company
Paxton Whitehead Geronte THE HEIR APPARENT Classic Stage Company

 
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