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Honorees at the Inaugural Antonyo Awards | Celebrating a Season of Black Theatre Talent, Creatives, and Community

Stage Directions • Theatre Buzz • June 22, 2020

The inaugural Antonyo Awards took place, virtually, on Juneteenth, Friday June 19, 2020. The ceremony, presented by Broadway Black, celebrated Black artists—performers, writers, designers, and more—on and Off-Broadway. Nominations were announced June 9, with winners determined by public vote. Here is a video of the Antonyo Awards Ceremony:

Drew Shade, founder of Broadway Black and the companion podcast, Off Book, is Executive Producer of the Antonyos. Shade has gathered a team of creatives that include Catherine Caldwell, Darius Barnes, Kim Exum, Neville Braithwaite, Zhailon Levingston, Elijah Lewis, Allen Louis, Eric Lockley, Edward Maware, Emma Claye, Ianne Fields Stewart, and The Press Room, who are donating their time and talents to beautifully recognize Black theatre in NYC. All found this endeavor especially important given the shortened show season due to COVID-19.

“In our first meeting we decided on Juneteenth for the awards, as it is a more accurate date of freedom from slavery for Black Americans,” says Shade. “The Antonyos honor contributors to Black theatre from actors to stage and company managers, administrators and designers. Everyone in our community deserves to be acknowledged in what we hope will be a funny, authentic, celebratory event that is for us, by us.”

Four special “Kinfolk Awards” – the Lorraine Hansberry Award, the Langston Hughes Award, Welcome Award and The Doors of the Theatre are Open Award – were also be presented to members of the Black theatre community as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. The honorees included Loy A. Webb (the Lorraine Hansberry Award), Donja R. Love (the Langston Hughes Award), Dharon E. Jones (the Welcome Award),  the National Black Theatre (The Doors of the Theatre Are Open Award), and Chuck Cooper (the Lifetime Achievement Award).

While still highlighting the need for justice in the wake of the killings of Black men and women and continued Black Lives Matter protests, the ceremony was a celebration of Black theater and theater artists.

The honorees in the five design categories:
Best Lighting Design
Allen Lee Hughes for A Soldiers Play

Best Scenic Design
Lawrence E. Moten III for Native Son

Best Sound Design
Rucyl Frison for Anatomy of a Suicide

Best Costume Design
Toni Leslie James for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Best Hair & Wig Design
Nikiya Mathis for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

 

The Honorees in Non-Design Categories

Best Musical
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Best Play
BLKS by Aziza Barnes

Best Revival
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Best Actor in a Musical on Broadway
Adrienne Warren, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Best Actor in a Play on Broadway
Audra McDonald, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Best Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway
LaChanze, The Secret Life of Bees

Best Actor in a Play Off-Broadway
Danielle Brooks, Much Ado About Nothing

Best Featured Actor in a Musical on Broadway
Celia Rose Gooding, Jagged Little Pill

Best Featured Actor in a Play on Broadway
Chalia La Tour, Slave Play

Best Featured Actor in a Musical Off-Broadway
Jasmine Cephas Jones, Cyrano

Best Featured Actor in a Play Off-Broadway
Okwui Okpokwasili, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf

Best Solo Performance
Michael Benjamin Washington, Fires in the Mirror

Best Book
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop

Best Original Score
The Secret of Life Bees

Best Director
Lileana Blain-Cruz, Anatomy of A Suicide

Best Choreography
Camille A. Brown, for For Colored Girls Who Have Committed Suicide/when the rainbow is enuf

Further information about the Antonyo Awards: BroadwayBlack.com
Follow Broadway Black on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates.

 

 

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