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The Piano Lesson, The Whale & Dogfight Honored at 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards

The Piano Lesson, The Whale & Dogfight Honored at 2013 Lucille Lortel Awards
Chuck Cooper in 'The Piano Lesson'
'The Piano Lesson' took home four Lucille Lortel Awards.

Signature Theatre’s revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson took home four Lucille Lortel Awards for outstanding achievement off-Broadway in a ceremony held on May 5. The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter, won three awards, including Outstanding Play, and Dogfight took home two prizes, including Outstanding Musical. The awards were presented at NYU’s Skirball Center in a ceremony hosted by Maura Tierney and Aasif Mandvi.

In addition to 14 competitive awards, special awards were presented to Old Hats (outstanding alternative theatrical experience), Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes (lifetime achievement award), Neil LaBute (playwrights’ sidewalk inductee) and Theatre Development Fund (outstanding body of work). A complete list of winners is as follows:

Outstanding Play: The Whale, by Samuel D. Hunter, produced by Playwrights Horizons

Outstanding Musical: Dogfight, music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Peter Duchan, produced by Second Stage Theatre

Outstanding Revival: The Piano Lesson, by August Wilson, produced by Signature Theatre

Outstanding Solo Show: All the Rage, written and performed by Martin Moran, produced by piece by piece productions, Rising Phoenix Repertory in association with The Barrow Group

Outstanding Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Piano Lesson

Outstanding Choreographer: Christopher Gattelli, Dogfight

Outstanding Lead Actor: Shuler Hensley, The Whale

Outstanding Lead Actress: Roslyn Ruff, The Piano Lesson

Outstanding Featured Actor: Chuck Cooper, The Piano Lesson

Outstanding Featured Actress: Annie Funke, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet

Outstanding Scenic Design: Clint Ramos, Wild With Happy

Outstanding Costume Design: Jessica Pabst, The Whale

Outstanding Lighting Design: Scott Zielinski, A Civil War Christmas

Outstanding Sound Design: Leah Gelpe, Slowgirl

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