CATSKILL — Bridge Street Theatre garnered five nominations from the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association for the 6th Berkshire Theatre Awards.
Nominees in 21 categories were announced by the Association on Friday. This year’s awards, known as The Berkies, recognize plays and musicals that opened in the greater Berkshire region between Oct. 1, 2021, and Sept. 30, 2022.
Bridge Street Theatre’s co-founder John Sowle was nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical for “Shelley’s Shadow” and for Outstanding Direction of a Play for “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”
Tara Franklin was nominated in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play for her performance in “Clarkston,” “Long Days Journey into Night” was nominated for Outstanding Production of a Play and “Shelley’s Shadow” picked up a nomination for the Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for World Premiere of a New Play.
“The Berkies are purposely held in the fall when everyone is a little more relaxed,” Association Board President J. Peter Bergman said. “The awards ceremony gives artists and critics a chance to network in a festive environment.”
The 93 nominees were culled from 354 votes of critics who covered productions at theaters in four states — Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New York. The season contained 131 productions at more than three dozen venues.
In addition to the awards for individual and ensemble achievement, which are voted on by the entire membership, the Association Board annually presents the Larry Murray Award for Community Engagement, won in the past by Tina Packer, Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Theatre Group, WAM Theatre and Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare and Shakespeare in the Courts, and the Sally and Robert Sugarman Award for World Premiere of a New Play named in honor of two founding Association Board members.
In the case of one category, too much of a good thing posed a dilemma that is still to be resolved.
“We had seven nominees in the Larry Murray category, all of whom were extremely well-qualified,” Bergman said. “They were spread out from Chester to Albany for the first time and a decision will be forthcoming as the board members continue to discuss the possibilities.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of Nov. 14 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
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