The awards event, which celebrates the best in professional theater in the state, was held Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Country Playhouse. Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas, stars of TheaterWorks holiday comedy perennial “Christmas on the Rocks,” presided over the event. Members of the cast from Playhouse on Park’s upcoming production of “In the Heights” (pictured on the front page of the website) provided energetic entertainment.
“The Age of Innocence,” which played at Hartford Stage this past season, received the award for Best Play. The Goodspeed Opera House’s production of “Rags” was selected as Best Musical of the year.
Other honors went to Reg Rogers (Best Actor in a Play) for Yale Repertory Theatre’s “An Enemy of the People;” Isabell Barbier (Best Actress in a Play) for the Playhouse on Park production of “The Diary of Anne Frank;” Jamie LaVerdiere (Best Actor in a Musical) for the Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s “1776;” and Samantha Massell (Best Actress in a Musical) for the Goodspeed Opera House’s production of “Rags.”
Receiving the annual Tom Killen Award for lifetime achievement in Connecticut theater was Michael O’Flaherty, longtime music director at Goodspeed Musicals.
Receiving special awards this year were New London’s Flock Theater for its production of “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” at the Monte Cristo Cottage, the boyhood home of Eugene ONeill; the Broadway Method Academy of Fairfield; and Billy Bivona, who composed and performed original music for TheaterWork’s production of “Constellations.”