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Ladies of the Night Is The Actor Boy Awards' Best Production 2013

Patrick Brown's Ladies of the Night dubbed Best Production 2013

The oldest profession in the world came out on top as the metaphorical curtains came down on the Actor Boy Awards ceremony for 2013. Patrick Brown’s Ladies of the Night sashayed home with the top trophy having been crowned the Best Production of the year. Ladies of the Night had entered the ABA runnings having amassed the most nods (10 nominations) from judges.

The 2013 ABA’s were a swanky affair, held at The Talk of the Town, Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, turning out an entertaining night despite a few technical difficulties and that co-host Kahnai Condison was a dismal choice who mistook mumbling for reading and paled miserably against fellow host Sakina Deer. The show’s producers had decided for a different format this year, abandoning the traditional theatre style and instead offering dinner style seating. The format brought it’s own unexpected entertainment as Keith ‘Shebada’ Ramsay one of the night’s nominees for Best Actor as well as a presenter decided to add ‘waiter’ to his roles for the evening. His fellow thespians seemed delighted by his performance.

Anancy Chaptaz took home five trophies including Best Costume DesignWhile, Ladies of the Night may have earned the top nod, it was that old wily spider who danced off with the most trophies for the night. The third installation of The Independent Actor’s Movement’s (IAM) Anancy Chaptaz: Winners Circle wove its web around five of the statuettes for Best Children’s Theatre, Best Musical, Best Choreography, Best Costume, and Best Original Song (Winners In All A We) which fueled writer Sabrena McDonald’s final acceptance speech and had the members of the cast singing the lyrics at the end of the show.Sakina Deer earned Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Glen Campbell won Best Lead Actor award

Patrick Brown’s If There’s A Will There’s A Wife also took home a major haul of four trophies which included Best New Jamaican Play, as well as Glen Campell’s snagging the award for Best Actor in a Lead Role while Sakina Deer took home the statuette for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Though she had received multiple nominations in the past (and this year copped two) it was Deer’s first win.  

“Always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” Deer said when accepting the award. “This time I’m the bride.”

The University Players remount of Sam Hilary’s Departure in the Dark also proved a major success, especially for lead actress Nadean Rawlins who waltzed home with trophy. Brian Heap also found favour as the year’s Best Director. Nadean Rawlins' haunting performance copped her the Best Actress in a Lead Role award

Backstory continued to hold sway over the technical awards repeating last year’s feat by snagging trophies for Best Set Design (Kieran King) and Best Lighting Design (Nadia Roxburgh) for Taboo

So while much of the night’s glory went to those who dazzle us in the spotlight, the ABA’s took special care to cast glory on those who act behind the scenes. The night’s special awardee was Patrick Russell one of the industries major set constructors. They presented special awards of appreciation to Karl Hart, Robin Baston.

The Actor Boy Awards 2013 took place on Monday, April 14, 2014.

Full List of Awardees:

Best Lighting Design: Nadia Roxburgh (Taboo, Backstory)

Best Special Effects: Cinderella Chronicles (Pierre LeMaire)

Best Set Design: Keiran King (Taboo, Backstory)

Best Costume Design: Natasha Griffiths (Anancy Chaptaz, The IAM)

Best Original Song: 'Winner In All A We' (Anancy Chaptaz, The IAM)

Best Original Score: Michael Holgate and Jon-Joseph Nepaul (Jonkanoo Jamboree, University Players)

Best Choreography: Paula Shaw and Christina Pinkney (Anancy Chaptaz: Winners Circle, The IAM)

Best Children’s Theatre: Anancy Chaptaz: Winners Circle (The IAM)

Best Musical: Anancy Chaptaz: Winners Circle (The IAM)

Best Tragedy: In the Red and Brown Water (Sankofa)

Best Drama: Departure in the Dark (University Players)

Best Comedy: If There’s A Will There’s A Wife (Jambiz International)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Sakina Deer (If There’s A Will There’s A Wife, Jambiz International)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Christopher McFarlane (To the Finish, DMH Productions)

Best Ensemble: Jonkanoo Jamboree (University Players)

Best New Jamaican Play: If There’s A Will There’s A Wife (Jambiz International)

Best Director: Brian Heap (Departure in the Dark, University Players)

Best Actress in a Lead Role: Nadean Rawlins (Departure in the Dark, University Players)

Best Actor in a Lead Role: Glen Campell (If There’s A Will There’s A Wife, Jambiz International)

Best Production: Ladies of the Night (Jambiz International)