June 12, 2014
The Richard Seff Award
Peter Maloney and Mare Winningham Receive Equity’s Richard Seff Award
Mare Winningham and Peter Maloney, 2014 Richard Seff Award recipients.
photo: John Quilty
Peter Maloney and Mare Winningham are the recipients of the annual Richard Seff Award, which was presented by the Actors’ Equity Foundation on June 10, 2014 at Equity’s New York City office, to a veteran male and female character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production.
Peter Maloney was cited for his performance in the Broadway production of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. Other Broadway shows include West Side Story, Judgment at Nuremberg, Poor Murderer, Six Degrees of Separation, Arcadia, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Dinner at Eight. He appeared in Our Town at Lincoln Center; has been in scores of plays Off-Broadway, including with the Irish Rep; and has made 50 films.
Mare Winningham, an Academy Award, Tony Award and eight-time Emmy Award nominee, winning twice, was recognized for her Broadway performance in Harvey Fierstein’s Casa Valentina, for which she also received a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play. Winningham was in the 2007 Off-Broadway musical 10 Million Miles, for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination, and made her Broadway debut in the 2013 revival of Picnic.
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, Patrick Page, Laila Robins and, in 2013, Kristine Nielsen and Lewis J. Stadlen.
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.
Mare Winningham and Peter Maloney with Ricahrd Seff (center), the founder of the annual award.
photo: John Quilty
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Diversity on Broadway
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.