At Monday night’s San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards Gala, a number of North Bay theater artists and companies walked away with crisp new personalized certificates in an array of categories. The big winner of the evening was Rohnert Park’s Spreckels Theatre Company, which took home a total of eight wins – all for last year’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – including the award for Best Overall Production in the Bay Area (in a house with fewer than 100 seats).
Dog also took the award for Ensemble acting, Stage Direction (Elizabeth Craven), Lighting Design (Eddy Hansen), Set Design (Eddy Hansen, Elizabeth Craven), Sound Design (Jessica Johnson), Principal Actor in a Play (Elijah Pinkham), and Entire Production (in a house with fewer than 100 seats) in the North Bay.
Stacia Arriaga, of Napa’s Lucky Penny Productions, took the award for Choreography (in a house with fewer than 100 seats) for her staging of Hands on a Hardbody.
Mill Valley’s Marin Theatre Company’s York Kennedy was honored in the category of Lighting (in a house with 100 – 300 seats) for its production of Oslo, which also claimed the prize for Ensemble acting, Overall Production in the North Bay and Overall Production in the Bay Area (in that same house size).
Sonoma’s Transcendence Theatre Company won for Entire Production – North Bay (in a house with more than 300 seats) for its Broadway Under the Stars musical review Stairway to Heaven.
And Sonoma County’s Chris Ginesi picked up the certificate for Actor in a Featured Role (in a house with fewer than 100 seats) for his performance as Biff in Death of a Salesman at Novato Theater Company.
[Click here to peruse the full list of nominations and awards]