Congratulations, Chicago theatre!

TimeLine’s Company Members (from left): Juliet Hart, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Ben Thiem, Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks and Lara Goetsch at the 2011 Equity Jeff Awards.

Last night the entire TimeLine Company, members of the Board of Directors and representatives from all four of our 2010-11 season productions (Frost/Nixon, To Master the Art, In Darfur and The Front Page) trekked to the Drury Lane Oak Brook Theatre for the 43rd Annual Joseph Jefferson Equity Awards. We were there to celebrate and support TimeLine’s 17 nominations (including two for Outstanding Production – Midsize, for Frost/Nixon and To Master the Art) but mostly to enjoy an outstanding party that recognizes excellence in the Chicago theater community, of which we are honored to be a part.

The parade of winners was announced and gave wonderfully funny and heartfelt speeches. There were performances from the nominated musicals and revues and video excerpts from the nominated plays, a special presentation to Chicago Sun-Times theatre critic Hedy Weiss and much more. The night was full of the fun of catching up with friends and colleagues, and gratitude for the talent and camaraderie of Chicago’s theater community.

From left: “To Master the Art” playwright Doug Frew, Andrew Hansen, “To Master the Art” playwright and director William Brown, Mike Tutaj, Collette Pollard and TimeLine Artistic Director PJ Powers.

We were thrilled to cheer three of the artists who worked with us last year as they took home some Jeff lucite! Andrew Hansen (nominated SIX times last night!) took home the award for Original Incidental Music for his To Master the Art compositions, a huge part of the immersive design that transported audiences to Paris during the 1940s. Mike Tutaj received an award for Projections/Video Design for his extraordinary work on In Darfur (some of us still don’t understand how he accomplished what he did on that show!). And Collette Pollard was honored for the enveloping set design for The Front Page, literally putting the audience inside the 4th floor press room of Chicago’s Criminal Courts building.

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Special thanks to the Joseph Jefferson Committee for an incredible night!

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