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Ruined Dubbed Best Production of 2012

(Photo courtesy of Michael Daley) Eugene Williams and Ris Anne Martin

Lyn Nottage's drama Ruined sashayed away with the top award of the 2012 Actor Boy Awards earning the statuette for Best Production. The drama, directed and produced by the Edna Manley College's Eugene Williams copped a total of four awards including Best Drama and Best Direction. The play rounded out its cache with the award for Actress in a Lead Role, which was nabbed by Trinidadian actress Ris Anne Martin, for her performance of Mama Nadi.

The 23rd staging of the Actor Boy Awards took place at The Little Theatre on Monday, March 25, with a fair display of pomp and pageantry by members of the theatre community. It was the first time in several years that the awards were being staged at the Little Theatre venue. The night was amiably hosted by Nadean Rawlins and Jean Paul Menou. The 2012 special honouree was Cathy Levy who was awarded for her contribution to the development of theatre.

(M. Daley photo) Nadean Rawlins and Jean Paul Menou hosts of the 23rd Actor Boy AwardsInterestingly, the 2012 Actor Boy Awards was dominated by no single production. Jambiz International's Glass Slippaz had the second highest trophy haul, amassing three awards. The comedy, a re-make of Cindy-Relisha and the DJ Prince, snagged the awards for Best Comedy, lighting design (Nadia Roxburgh and Trevor Nairne) and costuming (Trevor Nairne).

Three other productions earned multiple awards. Gloria Lannaman's historical drama Stanley Fay, Pularchie and P earned two statuettes for acting. Suzette Barrett snagged the award for Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance of P, while Donald Anderson earned the award for Actor in a Lead Role for his delivery of the country bumpkin, Joey. Interestingly, Anderson had received two nominations in the category having also received a nod for his performance in Glass Slippaz.(M. Daley photo) Donald Anderson accepts is Actor in a Lead Role Award

Father Holung and Friends' The Messiah also earned two awards. The musical earned the genre award as well as the award for choreography (Paula Shaw). The only other production to earn two awards on Monday night was the drama Mr. & Mrs. Blacke, produced by Backstory (formerly Eight Seven Six). The production earned the awards for lighting design (Nadia Roxburgh) and set design (Patrick Williams and Keiran King).

Full List of Awardees

Actor in a Lead Role: Donald Anderson - Stanley, Fay, Pularchie & P
Actress in a Lead Role: Risanne Martin - Ruined
Actor in a Support Role: Winston Bell - Old Story Time
Actress in a Support Role: Suzette Barrett - Stanley, Fay, Pularchie and P
Choreography: Paula Shaw - The Messiah
Costume Design: Trevor Nairne - Glass Slippaz
Special Effects: Nadia Roxborough & Trevor Nairne - Glass Slippaz
Set Design:  Patrick Williams & Keiran King - Mr & Mrs. Blacke
Lighting Design: Nadia Roxborough - Mr. & Mrs. Blacke
Original Song: ‘Rats’ - Aston Cooke & Grub Cooper - Jamaica Fifty to Rhatid
Original Score: Grub Cooper - Skoolaz
Best Comedy: Glass Slippaz - Jambiz International
Best Children’s Theatre - One Smart Pig - School of Drama
Best Drama - Ruined - School of Drama
Best Musical - The Messiah
Best Revue - Yard 2012
New Jamaican Play: God’s Way 2: Carlton’s Redemption  - Dahlia Harris
Best Direction: Eugene Williams - Ruined
Best Production: Ruined - Eugene Williams