A final production of the late Murray Ross, artistic director, Theatreworks, received the Outstanding Production of a Play Award from the Colorado Theatre Guild’s 2017 Henry Awards July 17.
“The Game of Love and Chance,” was Ross’ next-to-last production. He helped found Theatreworks in the mid-1970s and was a tireless supporter until his Jan. 2 death. He directed “A Christmas Carol” immediately following “The Game of Love and Chance.”
Drew Martorella, executive director, UCCS Presents, accepted the award and dedicated it to Ross’ legacy.
“My thanks to the Henry Award Judges and the Colorado Theater Guild for this award,” Martorella said. “Theatreworks is sustained and supported by an amazing staff, loyal donors and subscribers, a stalwart advisory board and the entire UCCS community. Thanks, too, to the cast and crew of “The Game of Love and Chance” for making such a joyous piece of theater. And thanks most of all to Murray Ross who is profoundly missed but who’s legacy, vision, and playful genius continues to inspire us into the future.”
At Parker’s PACE Center, the Henry Awards honored outstanding achievements by member companies and served as the Colorado Theatre Guild’s annual fundraiser. The awards are named for longtime Denver theatre producer Henry Lowenstein. Nominations are determined through a judging process conducted by more than 45 theater journalists, blogger critics and adjudicators from the community.
In addition to the Outstanding Play Award, “The Game of Love and Chance” was nominated for Outstanding Direction of a Play (Murray Ross, director), Outstanding Actor in a Play (Sammie Joe Kinnett), Outstanding Actress in a Play (Caitlin Wise), Outstanding Ensemble Performance, and Outstanding Costume Design Tier 1 (Stephanie Bradley).
“Constellations” received nominations for Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Direction of a Play (Joye Cook-Levy), Outstanding Actress in a Play (Carley Cornelius), Outstanding Lighting Design Tier 1 (Mike Wood), and Outstanding Sound Design Tier 1 (Jason Ducat).
The nominations mark the first time Theatreworks has competed in the Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company, an award recognizing consistent excellence. This year’s dozen nominations represent the most for the professional theater group in at least 10 years.