Timothy Michael Drucker, Randy Blair, Andrew Keenan-Bolger,
and Dana Steingold in Perez Hilton Saves the Universe...
(© Curtis Brown)
Timothy Michael Drucker, Randy Blair, Andrew Keenan-Bolger,
and Dana Steingold in Perez Hilton Saves the Universe...
(© Curtis Brown)
The New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC) has announced the winners of its Overall Excellence Awards, selected by an independent panel of over 50 theater professionals.

Winners in the "Outstanding Play" category include The Umbrella Plays, 111, Sailor Man, and Too Much Memory. "Outstanding Musical" awards were given to China -- The Whole Enchilada, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe..., and Usher. Award recipients for "Outstanding Playwrighting" went to Montserrat Mendez, Thoroughly Stupid Things...; Paul Cohen, Mourn the Living Hector; Suzie Miller, Reasonable Doubt, and Halley Bondy, The Redheaded Man.

Individual acting awards were given out to Molly Bell, Becoming Britney; Hogan Gorman, Hot Cripple; Movin Melvin Brown, A Man, A Magic, A Music; Deborah Weston, See How Beautiful I Am; and Will Manning, Choke City & Revolution on the Roof. Outstanding Ensemble awards went to Keep Your Eyes Open, Gem! A Truly Outrageous Parody!, and Paper Dolls.

Julie Nichols, Lames Asmus & Andrew Hobgood received an "Outstanding Music & Lyrics" award for Love is Dead. "Outstanding Solo Show" recipients included Krapp, 39, Zombie, Blanche Survives Hurricane Katrina..., and johnpaulgeorgeringo. "Outstanding Direction" awards were given to Bill Oliver, The Alice Complex; Heather Cohen, Other Bodies; Nell Balaban, The Boy in the Basement; and Jon Levin, There Will Come Soft Rains.

Recipients of the "Outstanding Costume Design" award included Angela Harner, Gem! A Truly Outrageous Parody!; Jennifer Kirschman, The Fabulous Kane Sisters...; and Charlie LaGreca, The Gargoyle Garden. "Outstanding Lighting Design" was awarded to Teresa Hull for The Permanent Night. "Outstanding Set Design" went to Tania Bijlani for The Alice Complex. Outstanding Choreography was awarded to Lizzie Leopold for Green Eyes. There was a tie announced for this year's audience awards, which went to I Love You, Petty & Favre and Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire.

In related news, shows participating in the FringeNYC Encore Series, which gives theatre lovers a second chance at seeing some of the Festival's favorite shows, include The Complete Performer, Blanche Survives Katrina in a FEMA Trailer Named Desire, Monsters in the Wood, Perez Hilton Saves the Universe (or at least the greater Los Angeles Area), johnpaulgeorgeringo, The Fabulous Kane Sisters in Box Office Poison, The Boy in the Basement, Krapp, 39, See How Beautiful I Am: The Return of Jackie Susann, That Dorothy Parker, The Redheaded Man, and There Will Come Soft Rains.

These works will play in rotating repertory at two downtown venues: Soho Playhouse and The Barrow Street Theatre, August 27-September 14. For more information, visit www.FringeNYC-EncoreSeries.com.