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Theater Latté Da, the Twin Cities-based company founded and run by deft director Peter Rothstein (above), has won recognition from the American Theatre Wing, the New York outfit best known for producing the Tonys.
Instead of a trophy, Latté Da gets cache and hard cash.
The company is one of ten nationally that have each been awarded a $10,000 grant for operating support. Other winners include Constellation Theatre of Washington, D.C., The Cutting Ball Theatre and True Colors Theatre of Atlanta.
Rothstein called the award "a tremendous honor.” He added: “We are humbled to share this award with colleagues from around the country who are creating adventurous work and making a significant impact in their communities."
Latte Da's production of "Steerage Song" premieres Sept.r 25 at The Lab Theater, 700 N 1st Street, Mpls. Rothstein directs with composer Dan Chouinard.
Playwright James Vculek is something of a regular staple at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. This year, he took one of his best works, "Carol and Cotton," to the New York International Fringe Festival with great results.
The festival concluded Sunday and Vculek was one of five playwrights selected for Overall Excellence Awards, chosen by an independent panel of 40 theater professionals.
FringeNYC is the largest muli-arts festival in the United States. More than 200 producers this year had work presented. Unlike the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the New York gig is juried -- which means Vculek's show had to jump the hurdle to get in.
"Carol and Cotton" is about the infamous case of T. Eugene Thompson and his wife, Carol. Thompson was convicted of having his wife killed in their St. Paul home in 1963. The key player in the drama, however, is Norman Mastrian. Thompson hired Mastrian, who then hired a third man. Steve Sweere played Mastrian and Thompson when the play had its premiere in the 2012 Minnesota Fringe. Catherine Johnson Justice played Carol Thompson.
Both actors reprised their work in New York. The show got a good review from the New York Times.
LOS ANGELES -- Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele killed, Katilyn Jenkins wept and Amy Poehler danced Saturday night at the TV Critics Association awards show
The ceremony takes place at the Beverly Hilton, the same home of the Golden Globes, but with far less glamour. No red carpet, no official interviews and no paparazzi. But those conditions don't keep the stars away. In fact, it most likely encourages them to have a night where they can be celebrated without having to be "on" all evening.
The informal setting gave me a chance to hve dinner with "Parks and Recreation" star Retta, who talked at length about her passion for Twitter. I caught up with "The Americans" star Keri Russell, who I first met in her trailer for a new show called "Felicity" by some up and comer named JJ Abrams.
Also got a chance to meet Rob Reiner and Norman Lear, who were hilarious during the ceremonies, reading an excerpt of the Richard Nixon tapes, in which the president pans "All in the Family."
Key & Peele kicked off the event with their "angry" Obama bit, taking swips at Netflix and the awards themsevles.
Louie C.K. continued the mocking of the ceremonies by referring to the award as a "shitty piece of plastic."
Katilyn Jenkins choked up in accepting an award for the canceled series, "Bunheads.' She also greeted the audience with a pirouette, a move that didn't go unnoticed by Amy Poehler who twirled across the stage when "P & R" was recognized. Even Lear got into at the act with a few moves of his own.a
My evening was capped with a chat with "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan. Look for my extensive piece on his masterpiece next Sunday.
List of winners:
Program of the year: "Breaking Bad"
Outstanding drama: "Game of Thrones"
Outstanding comedy: "Parks and Recrea tion" and "Big Bang Theory" (tie)
New progam: "The Americans"
Outstanding achievement in drama: "Tatiana Maslany, "Orphan Black"
Outstanding achievement in comedy: Louis C.K., "Louie"
Outstanding movie, mini-series, special: "Behind the Candelabra"
Career achievement award: Barbara Walters
Heritage award: "All in the Family"
Popular Twin Cities actors Shanan Custer (above) and Randy Reyes have been to host the annual Ivey Awards. Custer, best known for comedic skills honed at the Brave New Workshop, and Reyes, the incoming artistic director of Mu Performing Arts, will headline the festivities on Sept. 23 at the State Theatre.
It is the 9th year for the Iveys, which this year honors "hometown heroes." The show also will have excerpts from the Guthrie's "Clybourne Park" and Jungle Theater's "Urinetown."
Tickets to this year's event cost $40 apiece.
"House of Cards" made history Thursday morning by becoming the first significant series in Emmy not directly made for television. The Netflix series got nods for best series as well as for its stars, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright.
Here are some of my initial reactions to the nominees in major categories:
DRAMA SERIES: It's telling that "Cards" made the cut, but it's equally important to note that, for the second year in a row, none of the major networks have a pony in the show (unless you want to count PBS's "Downton Abbey"). Another sign that, when it comes to quality drama, broadcast TV matters very little. Sorry to see "Boardwalk Empire" and "The Newsroom" didn't make the cut. I would have preferred "Empire" over the bloodbath that is "Game of Thrones."
COMEDY SERIES: Very familiar-looking list.
LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA: Nice to see Jeff Daniels get his first Emmy nod. This is going to be a heck of a race, with Bryan Cranston, Jon Hamm, Spacey and last year's winner, Damian Lewis, all going for the gold.
LEAD ACTRESS, DRAMA: NIce to see Academy recognize both Kerry Washington ("Scandal") and Vera Farmiga ("Bates Motel"). The big shocker: No Julianna Marguiles ("The Good Wife"). Elisabeth Moss could be the belle of the Emmy ball with nods both here and for her work in "Top of the Lake."
LEAD ACTOR, COMEDY: "Arrested Development" didn't make the cut for best comedy, but kudos to star Jason Bateman for representing here. NIce to see Matt LeBlanc recognized for his stellar work on Showtime's "Episodes."
LEAD ACTRESS,, COMEDY: Once again, Kaley Cuoco ("The Big Bang Theory") gets the shaft. It'll be weird not seeing Tiny Fey's ("30 Rock") on this list next year. No Melissa McCarthy ("Mike & Molly), a former winner. Oh, well. She's getting to be too big a movie star to bother with the Emmys.
I'll be posting a complete story around 9:15 CST at startribune.com