Some of you seem to have jumped the gun with your congratulations in the comment section below. I can well understand your enthusiasm and we should all be very proud of our little company and especially the special women and men who are getting some well deserved praise and kudos. And we all know we love us some kudos!
Where to begin in the run down of Rorschach related nominations for the big HH Awards?
That is pretty straight forward, let us sing the praises of Shirley and Gaby!
Outstanding Director of a Resident Play - Shirley Serotsky for References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play - Gabriela Fernandez Coffey for References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot
How about that for some hotness? In one fell swoop we double the number of nominations Rorschach has ever received and get some recognition for two of the most talented, smartest, and ballsiest women I have ever had the pleasure to have worked with.
We all know that References . . . was a special show, a wonderful script, cast and designers, we didn't need anyone else to tell us what we knew in our hearts, but these nominations are a pip-pip and three cheers to the two people on whose back the weight of this show rested. Gaby and Shirley the first drink is on me (thank God it's an open bar.)
But not so fast my lovelies there are other Rorschachians with the their hands in this proverbial cookie jar this year.
Company Member and star of such Rorschach shows as God of Vengeance, JB and last years Rough Magic, Tracy Lynn Olivera is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical in Merrily We Roll Along at Signature Theatre. And Company Member Patrick Bussink is up for Outstanding Ensamble for Scenes from the Big Picture at Solas Nua, but more on it and him below.
And what about our alums:
Matthew M. Nielson (sound designer for Rorschach's A Bright Room Called Day, References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot and birds) - Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production for both Nest at Signature Theatre and The Unmentionables at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.
Alexander Strain (actor in Rorschach's A Bright Room Called Day) Outstanding Supporting Actor, Resident Play in Pangs of the Messiah at Theater J.
And then here is where it gets exciting again as The Canadian Embassy Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play or Musical gets a lot of help from a lot of Rorschach Alum:
Scenes from the Big Picture, Solas Nua - including Rorschachians - Patrick Bussink (Company Member, JB, The Beard of Avon, Fair Ladies at a Game of Poem Cards), Brian Hemmingsen (birds), Nanna Ingvarsson (birds), Jason McCool (Arabian Night) and Jon Reynolds (Monster and soon to be in The Skin of Our Teeth).
Insurrection: Holding History, Theater Alliance - Frank Britton (actor in Rorschach's After the Flood and Accidental Death of an Anarchist).
This is a great year and we are proud of all of the nominees and to those of you who were nominated and have not worked for Rorschach yet, don't worry I am sure you will some day. Everyone needs something to which they can aspire.
Here is a link to the rest of the nominees.