May 16, 2013
The Richard Seff Award
Kristine Nielsen, Lewis J. Stadlen Receive Equity’s Richard Seff Award
Agent and friend Richard Fisher presented the Richard Seff Award
photo: John Quilty
Kristine Nielsen and Lewis J. Stadlen have been named to receive the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation. The award honors a veteran female and male character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, president of the Actors’ Equity Foundation, which administers the Award.
Kristine Nielsen, Sonia in Christopher Durang’s VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, earlier was in Mr. Durang’s WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, and the PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, for which she received Drama League and Outer Critics Circle nominations; MISS WITHERSPOON; BETTY’S SUMMER VACATION, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations; and MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE. Broadway credits include BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, TO BE OR NOT TO BE, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, SPRING AWAKENING, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, THE GREEN BIRD, JACKIE and THE ICEMAN COMETH.
Lewis J. Stadlen was recognized for his performances in the Lincoln Center Theatre production of THE NANCE as well as for his performance in the Off-Broadway production of CHECKERS. Broadway credits include THE PRODUCERS; THE PEOPLE IN THE PICTURE; 45 SECONDS FROM BROADWAY; A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, Tony nomination; LAUGHTER ON THE 23RD FLOOR, THE FEMALE ODD COUPLE, CANDIDE, Tony nomination; THE SUNSHINE BOYS, and MINNIE’S BOYS, for which he received Drama Desk, Outer Critics, and Theatre World Awards.
Equity member Richard Seff established this award in 2003. Previous recipients include: Tom Aldredge, Reed Birney, Larry Bryggman, Lynn Cohen, Jim Dale, Hallie Foote, Jayne Houdyshell, Dana Ivey and, in 2012, Laila Robins and Patrick Page.
The presentation took place at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 11 at Equity’s office, 165 West 46th Street.
The Judges’ Panel includes: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out New York; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, The Hour Newspapers.
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In 2003 the Actors' Equity Foundation established the Richard Seff Award, an annual award to be given to a male and female character actor who is 50 years old or older and who has been a member of the Actors' Equity for 25 years or longer, for the best performance in a featured or unfeatured supporting role in a Broadway or Off Broadway production.