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May 9, 2012

The Richard Seff Award

Laila Robins, Patrick Page Receive Equity’s Richard Seff Award


From L to R: Laila Robins (THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE) Richard Seff and Patrick Paige (SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK),recipients of the annual Richard Seff Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation.
photo: John Quilty

Laila Robins and Patrick Page 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.

Laila Robins was cited for her performance in the Signature Theatre production of Edward Albee’s THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE. Ms Robins’ other Broadway appearances include HEARTBREAK HOUSE, FROZEN (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), THE HERBAL BED and THE REAL THING. Off-Broadway, she has appeared in SWEET AND SAD, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM and TINY ALICE, among others. She has appeared extensively in regional theatres and is a company member of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Ms Robins holds an M.F.A. from the Yale School of Drama.

Patrick Page, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, played Henry VIII in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS, the title role in THE GRINCH, Scar in THE LION KING, and Lumiere in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, among other Broadway appearances. Off- Broadway, he was in REX, RICHARD II, and THE DUCHESS OF MALFI. He’s had more than 25 years of experience in regional theatre, including as an associate artist at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre and Washington, DC’s Shakespeare Theatre Company, and recently received a Helen Hayes Award for his role as Iago in OTHELLO at Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Equity member Richard Seff established this award in 2003. Previous recipients include: TOM ALDREDGE, LARRY BRYGGMAN, LYNN COHEN, JIM DALE, HALLIE FOOTE, JANE HOUDYSHELL, DANA IVEY and, in 2011, Deirdre O’Connell and Reed Birney.

The presentation took place at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting on Tuesday, June 12 at the Equity offices.

The Judges’ Panel includes: Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News; Adam Feldman, Time Out NY; Susan Haskins, Theater Talk; Harry Haun, Playbill and David Rosenberg, Back Stage.

 

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
2016 Lois Smith   JOHN, MARJORIE PRIME
Bill Camp   THE CRUCIBLE
2015 Julie Halston   YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU
Brad Oscar   SOMETHING ROTTEN
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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