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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

 

Award pages:

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


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.



Recipients of the Richard Seff Award are:

Year Recipient Role Play
2014 Peter Maloney   OUTSIDE MULLINGAR
Mare Winningham   CASA VALENTINA
2013 Lewis J. Stadlen   THE NANCE / CHECKERS
Kristine Nielsen Sonia VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE
2012 Patrick Page   SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK
Laila Robins   THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE
2011 Deirdre O’Connell   IN THE WAKE
Reed Birney   A SMALL FIRE and TIGERS BE STILL
2010 Helen Stenborg   VIGIL
Stephen McKinley Henderson   FENCES
2009 Lynn Cohen   CHASING MANET
Roger Robinson   JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE
2008 Hallie Foote   DIVIDING THE ESTATE
David Rasche Dr. Dorn THE SEAGULL
2007 Mary Louise Wilson Edith Bouvier Beale GREY GARDENS
David Margulies Rabbi Stephen Wise
Raymond
THE ACCOMPLICES

ALL THAT I WILL EVER BE
2006 Jayne Houdyshell Ann WELL
Jim Dale Mr. Peachum THE THREEPENNY OPERA
2005 Dana Ivey Mrs. Malaprop THE RIVALS
Larry Bryggman   ROMANCE and for TWELVE ANGRY MEN
2004 Margo Martindale Big Mama CAT ON A HAT TIN ROOF
Tom Aldredge Matthew Clark TWENTIETH CENTURY


 
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