Well, acting awards are great… and disappointing. In Austin, there’s this thing called the B. Iden Payne Awards. I’ve been calling them Bippy’s (rhymes with Yippie! or Hippy! or Skippy!), but I think they’re called something else. I dunno. I should really research what it’s all about, but I’m way too lazy at the moment to google it. It’s like Austin’s version of the Tony’s.
I am honored to be a part of three productions that were in the nominations:
The Mikado: Reclaimed was nominated for two awards- Best original script; Best featured actor in a musical (Jonathan G. Itchon)
Persephone was nominated for best original score (Tyler Mabry)
Privacy Settings: A Promethean Tale was nominated for best theatrical event
I was unbelievably happy and proud when Jonathan won for The Mikado: Reclaimed because it was well deserved! I couldn’t stop crying out of a place of joy… but there were the other shows, and I got so disappointed that certain people didn’t win. I was also kinda sad that some productions weren’t in the nominations, but I get it, not everyone can agree on stuff that was awesome. Like other shows that I won’t mention who had original scripts and scores and amazing ensembles and casts, which in my opinion were super amazing and created by the cast and weren’t even nominated… but whatevs, dog.
I think it’s such a tough thing because so many people think they deserve an award or some kind of recognition for awesome work that they’re doing, but when you’re in shows, it’s hard to see other shows, so it’s hard to say what work was super excellent and what was just eh.
I guess that’s what the committee is for. Ah, well, if I wanted to be the one making judgment calls, I shoulda joined the committee, right? Right.
At the awards ceremony, four of the six cast members of the TM:R performed in costumes (that had not been washed since February or March) and were in white face/ grey scale makeup… and we got to use our old fans. It was really tough going back to that place- the feeling of being trapped in your skin color, that place of unjust imprisonment, being voiceless… singing Gilbert and Sullivan again. I don’t know how to describe just how amazingly hard this show was, and how fulfilling it was to be telling a story like this one. While I have had fantastic opportunities in the theatre community here in Austin, TX, this show will always hold the top shelf of theatre that I’m super proud to have been a part of. I’m getting teary-eyed, just thinking about it.
Anyway, I’m starting to not make much sense, and getting ranty and on a tangent, so I’m just gonna end right here.