Williamstown Theatre Festival productions score with Outer Critics Circle

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Four productions that originated at Williamstown Theatre Festival earned a combined 14 honors at the 70th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards. The lion's share — seven — went to Adam Rapp's "The Sound Inside," which premiered at Williamstown in July 2018.

The winners were announced May 11 by video feed.

In addition to being named Outstanding New Broadway Play, awards went to Mary-Louise Parker (Outstanding Actress in a Play); Will Hochman (Outstanding Actor in a Play); and David Comer (Outstanding Director of a Play). "The Sound Inside" also was honored for Heather Gilbert's lighting design; Aaron Rhyne's projection design; and Daniel Kluger's sound design.

The other Festival-originated winners — with date of original production in parenthesis — are:

"Grand Horizons" (July 2019; world premiere) — Outstanding New Broadway Play; Outstanding Scenic Design: Clint Ramos

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"Seared" (July 2018; East Coast premiere) — Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play; Outstanding Actor in a Play: Raul Esparza; Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play: Krysta Rodriguez; Outstanding Scenic Design: Tim Mackabee

"Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow" (July 2017; world premiere) — Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play: Chris Perfetti

The Outer Critics Circle is the official organization of writers on the New York theater for out-of-town newspapers, national publications, and other media beyond Broadway. The awards are presented annually for theatrical achievements both on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

In lieu of selecting traditional nominees with one winner from each category, this year's awards recognized up to five winners in each of its 26 categories, in addition to four winners for the annual John Gassner Award, which honors work by new American playwrights.

In a statement on the OCC website, the organization's president, David Gordon, said, "The Outer Critics Circle has thought long and hard about a way to honor the nearly 200 productions that opened this year, while also respecting those shows that were canceled, postponed, or forced to close shortly after opening [due to the coronavirus pandemic].

"This format allows us to celebrate the truncated theater season, and our 70th anniversary, by creating a sense of communal joy at a time when we all need it most."


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