Suffolk University faculty, students and alumni were involved in many of the productions nominated this year for the Boston Theater Critics Association’s prestigious Elliot Norton Awards.
The Elliot Norton Awards, named in memory of the distinguished Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, celebrate the highest artistic achievement in Boston’s professional theater. They will be presented on Monday, May 13.
Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence Robert Brustein's new play, The Last Will, is nominated for Outstanding New Script. The University's Theatre Department and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presented the world premiere of The Last Will in February at the Modern Theatre.
WGBH’s Jared Bowen described The Last Will as “richly woven … a touching and compelling interpretation of Shakespeare’s end of days.”
The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity, presented by Company One and featuring sophomore Jacob Athyal, is nominated for Outstanding Production by a Small Theater. Don Aucoin of the Boston Globe called Athyal’s performance “first rate” and the production “exhilaratingly sharp”.
Alumni in the spotlight
Our Town, presented by Huntington Theatre Company, featured alumni Alex Pollock, BS ’07 and Nael Nacer, BA’07. It is nominated for Outstanding Production by Large Resident Theater and Outstanding Ensemble, Large Theater. As a Theatre Department student, Pollock received the 2005 Princess Grace Foundation Award and the 2004 TVI Actors Studio Scholarship from The Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival. Nacer and Pollock have performed together in several Boston-area professional productions including Company One’s 2010 Elliot Norton award-winning The Aliens.
Chinglish, presented by Lyrics Stage Company of Boston and featuring alumna Tiffany Chen, BA ’12, is nominated for Outstanding Production by a Midsize Theater. Chen was featured in the Suffolk and Central Square Theatre productions of Car Talk: The Musical!!!.
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, presented by Happy Medium Theatre, is nominated for Outstanding Production by a Fringe Theater. Happy Medium Theatre was founded in 2008 by alumni Mikey DiLoreto, BA ’04, MED ’06 and Lesley Anne Moreau, BS ’05, both of whom featured in the production. DiLoreto also serves as artistic director of Happy Medium Theatre.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, from SpeakEasy Stage Company, is nominated for Outstanding Musical Production by a Midsize, Small or Fringe Company. Alumnus Ryan Began, BA ’11, was the assistant director. Began co-directed the Theatre Department’s production of These Seven Sicknesses in fall 2012.