June 15th, 2010 5:33 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE News | Posted In: CLEAN UP

Portland Center Stage, Defunkt Theatre Sweep 2010 Drammy Awards

Michael O'Connell
Portland's largest theater company and one of its smallest were the big winners at last night's Drammy Awards. The annual event, a presentation of the Portland Civic Theatre Guild, honors outstanding achievement by actors, directors, designers, playwrights and just about everyone else involved in creating live theater in the Portland area. The Drammy winners are choses by a committee of 15 (of which I am a member), who collectively see some 130 shows a year.

This year's big winners could not be more different: Portland Center Stage's Ragtime had a huge cast, ran over two hours and was stunning in an uplifting way; defunkt theatre's production of Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis was performed and produced by an all-volunteer ensemble, ran 90 minutes and was totally devastating. Both shows won awards for acting, direction (a first for PCS director Chris Coleman) and overall production.

Grace Carter
Grace Carter accepts her award for directing 4.48 Psychosis.

Other highlights of the ceremony included Maureen Porter receiving a reward for her work on Third Rail's The Gray Sisters, presented by Isaac Lamb, who happens to be her godson; host Michael O'Connell's theatrical riff on Stephen Colbert's "The Word" schtick (pictured at top); and, most movingly of all, the revelation that Heidi Hunter, who won an acting award for her outstanding work in Jewish Theatre Collaborative's production of Kindertransport, is herself the granddaughter of a kindertransport—the German Jewish children who were sent to England just before World War II, many of whom never saw their families again. Hunter is a very talented actress, and I hope she'll soon have the opportunity to attempt to match that performance.

As for the rest of the awards, they are, as always, open to debate and second-guessing by the community—that is, after all, half the fun of having an awards ceremony. Here's the complete list—feel free to agree with or dispute the committee's choices in the comments.

Young Performer
Lea Zavada - Pinocchio, Northwest Children's Theatre

Lighting Design
Diane Ferry Williams - Snow Falling on Cedars, Portland Center Stage

Sound Design
Richard E. Moore - 4.48 Psychosis, defunkt theatre

Actor in a Supporting Role
Spencer Conway - Fool for Love, CoHo Productions
Kevin Jones - Radio Golf, Portland Playhouse
Victor Mack - Radio Golf, Portland Playhouse
David Margulies - The Chosen, Portland Center Stage

Original Music
Ashia Grzesik - The Gray Sisters, Third Rail Repertory Theatre

Original Score
McKinley - Gracie and the Atom, Artists Repertory Theatre

Original Script
Hunt Holman - Willow Jade, Portland Playhouse
Joseph Sousa - Teeth of the Sons, The Re-Theatre Instrument

Actress in a Supporting Role
Laura Faye Smith - The Trip to Bountiful, Profile Theatre Project
Amy Newman - God's Ear, Theatre Vertigo

Musical Actor in a Supporting Role
Debbie Hunter - A Little Night Music, Mock's Crest Productions
Amy Palomino - Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Broadway Rose Theatre
Danny Rothman - Ragtime, Portland Center Stage

Costume Design
Sarah Gahagan - El Quijote, Miracle Theatre Group, and The Trojan Women, Classic Greek Theatre of Oregon
Mary Rochon - Pinocchio, Northwest Children's Theatre
Darrin Puffal - A Little Night Music, Mock's Crest Productions
Rachelle Waldie - East of the Sun, West of the Moon, Shaking the Tree

Jessica Wallenfels - Gracie and the Atom, Artists Repertory Theatre

Musical Actor in a Lead Role
Gavin Gregory - Ragtime, Portland Center Stage

Musical Director
Kurt Crowley - Forbidden Broadway, Broadway Rose Theatre
Rick Lewis - Ragtime, Portland Center Stage

Scenic Design
Mark Haack - El Quijote, Miracle Theatre Group
Tim Stapleton - This Lime Tree Bower, CoHo Productions and Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab

4.48 Psychosis, defunkt theatre

Greg Tamblyn - Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Pixie Dust Productions

Grace Carter - 4.48 Psychosis, defunkt theatre
Chris Coleman - Ragtime, Portland Center Stage

Actress in a Lead Role
Melanya Helene - Hopeless, Brooklyn Bay
Heidi Hunter - Kindertransport, Jewish Theatre Collaborative
Maureen Porter - The Gray Sisters, Third Rail
Valerie Stevens - The Gray Sisters, Third Rail

Actor in a Lead Role
Dennis Kelly - This Lime Tree Bower, CoHo Productions and Our Shoes Are Red/The Performance Lab
Michael O'Connell - The Lying Kind, Third Rail
Joseph Sousa - Teeth of the Sons, The Re-Theatre Instrument

4.48 Psychosis, defunkt theatre
Ragtime, Portland Center Stage
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