Four stage favorites have taken home honors from the Actors’ Equity Foundation. Mare Winningham and Peter Maloney have received the 2014 Richard Seff Award for their performances in Casa Valentina and Outside Mullingar, respectively. The award honors a veteran male and female character actor for the best performance in a supporting role in a Broadway or off-Broadway show. Additionally, The Bridges of Madison County’s Whitney Bashor and Hand to God’s Steven Boyer were awarded the 2014 Clarence Derwent Award for most promising female and male performers.
Winningham received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Rita in Casa Valentina. She made her Broadway debut in last season's Roundabout revival of Picnic, and has also appeared on stage in the off-Broadway drama Tribes. She has received two Emmy Awards for her work in the TV movies Amber Waves and George Wallace, as well as an Oscar nod for the 1995 film Georgia.
In addition to Outside Mullingar, Maloney’s Broadway credits include West Side Story, To Be Or Not To Be, Dinner at Eight, Judgment at Nuremberg, Stanley, Arcadia, Carousel, Six Degrees of Separation and Our Town.
Bashor makes her Broadway debut in The Bridges of Madison County as Marian and Chiara, in addition to understudying the role of Francesca. She has appeared off-Broadway in The Fantasticks.
Boyer received a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance as Jason and in Hand to God. He made his Great White Way debut in I’m Not Rappaport and has appeared off-Broadway in The Explorers Club, Modern Terrorism, Hand to God, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Ugly One, School for Lies, The Coward and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.
The four recipients will be presented with the award on June 10 at Equity’s Eastern Regional Board meeting.