Posted May 20, 2008
The Richard Seff Award
Hallie Foote, David Rasche Receive Equity's Richard Seff Awards
Photo courtesy of Primary Stages
Hallie Foote and David Rasche have been named to receive the annual Richard Seff Awards presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation. The announcement was made by Arne Gundersen, President of the Foundation. The awards honor a female and male character actor, 50 years of age or older, for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or Off-Broadway production. The prizes are $1,000 each plus a crystal trophy.
Hallie Foote was named for her performance in Horton Foote's DIVIDING THE ESTATE, which was produced Off-Broadway by Primary Stages, and has been announced for a Broadway production in Fall, 2008. She received a 2006 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Supporting Actress in THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, 2002 Drama League Award for THE CARPETBAGGER'S CHILDREN, 2000-2001 Drama League Award for THE LAST OF THE THORNTONS, 1995 Drama Desk Award for the Horton Foote plays at Signature Theatre Company and a 1993 Obie Award for THE ROADS TO HOME.
David Rasche, who played Dr. Dorn in the Classic Stage Company production of Anton Chekhov's THE SEAGULL, also appeared in REGRETS ONLY at Manhattan Theatre Club, in David Mamet's SPEED THE PLOUGH on Broadway and in Mamet's EDMOND at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Films include Burn After Reading, written and directed by the Coen Brothers, and Clint Eastwood's Flags of our Fathers. On TV, he was "Sledge Hammer!"
Equity member Richard Seff established these awards in 2003. Previous recipients include: Tom Aldredge, Larry Bryggman, Jim Dale, Jayne Houdyshell, Dana Ivey, David Margulies, Margo Martindale and Mary Louise Wilson.
The presentation will take place at Equity's Eastern Regional Board meeting at
2 PM on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Equity's offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York.
The Judges' Panel includes: Irene Backalenick, Back Stage; Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Harry Haun, Playbill; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; David Rosenberg, Back Stage and Michael Sommers, The Star Ledger.
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.