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    Posted October 19, 2009

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Equity Actors Shine at Annual "Artie" Awards

By Don Gervasi
Buffalo/Rochester Liaison Committee

Artie Winner Sheila McCarthy in Musicalfare Theatre’s production of Sunday In The Park With George.
Photo courtesy of Musicalfare Theatre.

The 19th Annual Artvoice Theatre Awards presentation was held at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo on June 1, 2009 honoring local productions from the 2008-2009 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.

Artie Winner Richard Wesp in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s production of Ah! Wilderness
Photo: Lawrence Rowswell

Artie Awards were given to several Equity members including Ellen Horst (Outstanding Actress in a Play, AWAKE AND SING!, Jewish Repertory Theatre), Richard Wesp (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play, AH, WILDERNESS, Irish Classical Theatre Company), and Michael Walline (Outstanding Choreography, GO, DOG GO!, Theatre Of Youth). Walline also directed JAMESTOWN GALS for Musicalfare Theatre, which won Outstanding Ensemble of a Musical, while the cast of Kavinoky Theatre's IS HE DEAD?, directed by Paul Todaro, was named Outstanding Ensemble of a Play.

(l to r) JRT founder Saul Elkin, nominee Tom Zindle and winner Ellen Horst in Jewish Repertory Theatre’s production of AWAKE AND SING!
Photo: Lawrence Rowswell

Nominated for other Artie Awards were AEA members Richard Lambert (BLACKBIRD, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD.., WITH YOU, New Phoenix Theatre), Sheila McCarthy (SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, Musicalfare), John Warren (IS HE DEAD?, Kavinoky), Paul Maisano (BADA BING! BADA BOOM!, Musicalfare), Eileen Dugan (MAURITUS, Kavinoky), Tom Zindle (AWAKE AND SING!, JRT), David Lamb (THE FARNESWORTH INVENTION, Kavinoky), John Fredo (BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, AMERICAN RHAPSODY, Musicalfare), and Carlos Jones (HELLO MUDDAH, HELLO FADDAH!: THE ALLAN SHERMAN MUSICAL, JRT).

Buffalonian Roslyn Ruff returned home briefly from New York City, where she was rehearsing New York Theatre Workshop's production of THINGS OF DRY HOURS, just to present Career Achievement Awards to two legendary Buffalo actresses: Beverly Dove and June L. Saunders-Duell.

More than $12,000 was raised for Benedict House, with over 400 people in attendance. Congratulations to all!!

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