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Theatre Bay Area readies the red carpet for the best from local stages

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Kevin Berne
The cast of Marin Theatre Company’s ‘Skeleton Crew’ are in the running for Outstanding Ensemble.

Theatre Bay Area has announced the nominees for its fifth annual TBA awards, and North Bay companies have snagged multiple nominations.

The TBA awards honor excellence in professionally oriented theater through a peer-based, Bay Area–wide adjudication process of artists and productions from companies who are members of Theatre Bay Area and pay an awards registration fee. Participating Marin-based companies include Marin Musical Theatre Company, Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin Theatre Company, Mountain Play Association, Novato Theater Company and Ross Valley Players.

Theatre Bay Area divides its awards into three tiers using budget, Actors’ Equity Association contracts, and number of required TBA adjudicators as determining factors.

The Marin Theatre Company received five nominations in its tier, including Chris Fitzer for Properties Design for Skeleton Crew, an Outstanding Ensemble nod for the cast of Skeleton Crew, Margo Hall and Joy Carlin for Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role in a Play for their work in Skeleton Crew and Marjorie Prime, and Dave Maier for his Fight Choreography in Shakespeare in Love.

The Marin Shakespeare Company received two nomination in its tier, both for Richard Pallaziol’s Fight Choreography in its productions of Pericles and Hamlet.

Fighting must be big on Marin County stages, as Zoe Swenson-Graham was also recognized for her Fight Choreography in the Ross Valley Players production of The Game’s Afoot and the Marin Musical Theatre Company production of Pippin.

Marin Musical Theatre Company also garnered a nomination for Outstanding Performance in a Featured Role in a Musical for Tim Ryan’s portrayal of Nicely Nicely in its production of Guys and Dolls. Ross Valley Players were recognized in the Outstanding Production of a Play category for The Tin Woman.

Sonoma County’s 6th Street Playhouse, Cinnabar Theater, Left Edge Theatre, Sonoma Arts Live and Spreckels Theatre Company collectively received 25 nominations in 16 categories over two tiers, and Napa County’s Lucky Penny Productions received seven nominations over six categories in its tier.

The awards will be presented Nov. 5 at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco.

 

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