The Drama League has released the 2021 nominees for their annual awards and Special Recognition Recipients.

In this year of Coid, theatres have been closed down; but for the 87th annual awards, the Drama League is including audio plays and virtual concerts in the productions up for nomination.  The League has also added five new categories this year to accommodate the digital productions designed to promote safety via social distancing.

Drama League Artistic Director Gabriel Stelian-Shanks spoke on the awards ceremonies saying, “in this most difficult time, when stages across America were forced to darken, theatre artists responded with light, producing bold new work in ways most of us never dreamed of.  Thanks to the artists who are alumni of The Drama League’s programs, we’re thrilled to be able to celebrate a few of the extraordinary productions made in the last year—pieces that exemplify inspiration, innovation, and imagination”.

Thirty-three productions were selected for nomination out of over 400 entries.

The winners will be announced May 21, 2021 in a live streamed event beginning at 7pm.

Among the productions included in this year’s nominees are “The Last Five Years”, “Circle Jerk”, “Heroes of the Fourth Turning”, and “Ratatouille: The Tik Tok Musical”.

The Special Recognition Awards for 2021:
The Gratitude Award goes to Iris Smith
The Founders Award for Excellence in Directing goes to Liesl Tommy
The Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theater goes to Richard and demi Weitz
The Unique Contribution to Theater Award goes to The Actors Fund

The nominees for the 2021 Dram League Awards…
Outstanding Individual Production Digital Theater:
“Belly of the Beast”
“Circle Jerk”
“Don’t Stay Safe”
“Duchess! Duchess! Duchess!”
“The Great Work Begins: Scenes from Angels In America”
“GRIMMZ Fairy Tales”
“Heroes of the Fourth Turning”
“Last Gap”
“The Last 5 Years”
“What Do They Call Us”
“Where Did We Sit on the Bus?”

Outstanding Collection or Festival Digital Theater:
“AFO Solo Shorts (Round 1 and 2)”
“The Manic Monologues”
“The Work of Adrienne Kennedy: Inspiration and Influence”
“Theater in Quarantine”

Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater:
“American Dreams”
“Carla’s Quince”
“Fort Worth Lynching Tour: Honoring the Memory of Mr. Fred Rouse”
“Package Play”
“7 Deadly Sins”
“A Thousand Ways (Part One)”
“Wild Thyme”

Best Audio Theater Production:
The Chonburi International Hotel and Butterfly Club
Prime: A Practical Breviary
“Tiger Style”

Outstanding Digital Concert Production:
“Breathing Free”
“Myths and Hymns (Chapters 1 and 2)”
“Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical”
“Take Me To The World: A Sondheim 90th Birthday Celebration”

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