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December 12, 2002

Pearl Theatre Company Sweeps Equity’s Shakespeare, Classic Theatre Awards

(left to right) Pearl Theatre Artistic Director Sheperd Sobel, Callaway Award winners Evan Robertson and Celeste Ciulla, Bayfield Award winner Ray Vierta, Pearl Theatre's Joanne Camp, Councilor Emeritus Carl Harms

Celeste Cuilla, Evan Robertson get Joe A. Callaway Award; Ray Virta named for St. Clair Bayfield Award

Celeste Ciulla and Evan Robertson have been selected to receive this year's Joe A. Callaway Award presented by the Actors' Equity Foundation for the best performance by a female and male actor in a professional production of a classic play (one written prior to 1920) in the New York metropolitan area.

Ms. Ciulla was recognized for her performance in SHE STOOPS TO CONQUER and Mr. Robertson for his role in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, both presented by The Pearl Theatre Company.

In addition, Ray Virta was selected to receive the St. Clair Bayfield Award, honoring the best performance by an unfeatured actor in a Shakespearean play in the New York metropolitan area. Mr. Virta's award is for his performance as Benedick in the Pearl's production of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. The awards were presented at the Eastern Regional membership meeting of Actors' Equity Association on Friday, January 10, 2003 at the Equity offices, 165 West 46th Street, New York.

The Judges' Panel for the awards includes Irene Backalenick, Back Stage; Betty Corwin, Director of Special Projects, Theatre on Film & Tape Archive of the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts; Charles Isherwood, Variety; Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press; David Rosenberg, Back Stage; Douglas Watt, The Daily News, and Carl Harms , President of the Actors' Equity Foundation.

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