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    Posted June 29, 2010

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Buffalo-Rochester 20th Annual Artvoice Theatre Awards

By Don Gervasi, Area Liaison

"Artie" nominees John Fredo and Maggie Zindle in THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?
Photo courtesy Magezi Photography 2010

The 20th Annual Artvoice Theatre Awards were held at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo, NY on June 7, 2010, honoring local productions from the 2009-2010 season. The "Arties" were started in 1991 by Anthony Chase, Theatre Editor of Artvoice, a free weekly newspaper dedicated to the arts in Western New York. All proceeds from the evening (along with proceeds from area theatres' sale of Red Ribbons) go to Benedict House, which provides non-discriminatory residential housing opportunities and supportive services for persons living with AIDS. As always, the evening was emceed by Mr. Chase, Lisa Ludwig, Doug Weyand and AEA Member Norm Sham with music direction by Michael Hake.

THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, produced by Road Less Traveled Productions and starring AEA members John Fredo and Maggie Zindle, won the Artie for Outstanding Production of a Play; while EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL produced by ALT Theatre, won Outstanding Production of a Musical.

"Artie" Winner Ian Lithgow in SECRET ORDER
Photo courtesy Kavinoky Theatre

Equity member Ian Lithgow was this year's Outstanding Actor in a Play, for his portrayal of William Shumway in Kavinoky Theatre's production of SECRET ORDER.

Recipients of the Katherine Cornell Award For Visiting Artists were members Jeffrey Rockwell (TWO PIANOS, FOUR HANDS, MusicalFare Theatre); Mary Stout (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF National Tour, Shea's PAC); as well as producer Albert Nocciolino.

Other AEA members nominated this evening were John Fredo (THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Road Less Traveled Productions and MAN OF LA MANCHA, MusicalFare Theatre), Maggie Zindle (THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Road Less Traveled Productions), Vincent O'Neill (THE RELAPSE, Irish Classical Theatre Company), Derek Campbell (Direction, THE GOAT, OR WHO IS SYLVIA?, Road Less Traveled Productions) and Carlos Jones (Choreography, FOUR GUYS NAMES JOSE & UNA MUJER NAMED MARIA, O'Connell & Company)

This year's Career Achievement Award was presented to AEA Member Vincent O'Neill, Irish Classical Theatre Company's co-founder and Artistic Director.

Over $10,000 was raised for Benedict House, with more than 500 people in attendance.

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