Seattle’s version of the Tony Awards takes place Oct. 28 at the Neptune Theater starting at 7:30 pm.
The 5th Annual Gregory Awards will honor performances by theaters of all sizes in the Puget Sound region as well as the actors, directors, and designers who make those shows possible.
At the ceremony, New City Theater founders John Kazanjian and Mary Ewald will receive the 2013 Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award. The married couple have worked together and separately for most of the major theater companies in Seattle as well as providing a home for challenging works at New City since 1982.
“There may be a large element of luck involved for a living/working/creating life together to work equally well for both parties,” said Ewald about their long and happy partnership on stage and off. “John and I share a mutual aesthetic taste, which draws us to the same texts and art works, and a mutual discipline towards the work. But the luck part may be that one of us has not been hugely more successful or ‘talented’ than the other. We have very different skills which balance each other. I guess it's the simple fact that we love what we do, and enjoy doing it together.”
New City’s founding artists were director Kazanjian, actress Ewald, and designers Lindsay Smith and Nina Moser. The company continues with its original vision: to cultivate a multiplicity of artistic, aesthetic, and socio-political points of view.
Kazanjian curates the Resident Artist Events where an independent artist is invited to stage a new work of her / his choice with full creative freedom.
Currently New City is collaborating with New Century Theatre on the production of The Walworth Farce with runs through Oct. 26. This will be followed by Prose, Poetry, and Dance on Film starting Nov. 15 and running through Dec. 7.
The Gregory Awards began 1998 with the Gregory A. Falls Sustained Achievement Award, named in honor of the founder of ACT Theatre. In 2009, six annual categories and the Falls award became Gregory Awards, which were presented at a gala event at the Intiman Theatre. The event has continued to grow and expand to honor all elements of theater in the region annually.