They Like Her, Really Like Her
Local playwright Claire Chafee just got word that the New York production of her play Why We Have a Body has won an "Oppy" -- i.e., an Oppenheimer Award, Newsday's theater prize named after its first drama critic. (The Woman's Project produced the play at off-Broadway's Judith Anderson Theater.) The selection committee included Edward Albee and Wendy Wasserstein; past winners include George Wolfe, John Robin Baitz, and Harvey Fierstein. Impressive, eh? And better yet, Chafee gets a lovely statuette and a $5,000 prize to take home from the ceremony, scheduled for late October.
Lamplighters Music Theatre traveled to Buxton, England (just a little way outside of London), last month to compete in the second International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival. More than 60 Lamplighters made the trip to perform Princess Ida at the Edwardian 1,000-seat Buxton Opera House, and at the end of the fest -- which included 12,000 participants -- John Reed, from the D'Oyly Carte G&S troupe, bestowed the grand prize for Best Performance upon our local company. (D'Oyly Carte is the original G&S company in London.) Lamplighters collected a few other awards as well: Best Male Singer went to Baker Peeples; Best Director to Barbara Heroux; and the company as a whole was named Best Overseas Society. Lamplighters' next offering in S.F. is Patience, playing Sept. 30-Nov. 5 at the Lindland Theatre, 175 Phelan.
By Laura Jamison