The Geneva Theatre Guild's recent production, “Two Faces of Drama,” has been honored by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) with eight merit awards. The production featured two one-act plays by Geneva writers Jay Hanagan and Charles King. The plays were presented on Sept. 3 and 4 at Anthony Road Winery, Penn Yan.
Adjudicator Laura Andruski noted, 'Jay Hanagan's provocative script Foibles was skillfully directed by Larry Ann Evans. The ensemble, led by actress Eleanor Stearns, was believable and wonderfully engaging. Carol Spangenberg's creative and innovative costuming beautifully supported the director's vision.'
Awards for Foibles were:
Outstanding Award in Playwriting to Jay Hanagan for his original script;
Outstanding Award in Directing to Larry Ann Evans;
Outstanding Award in Acting to Eleanor Stearns for her portrayal of Anastasia;
Outstanding Award in Costuming to Carol Spangenberg;
Excellence in Acting to Tim Whitwood for his portrayal of Crenshaw. Whitwood is the son of Roberta Whitwood, who works in the Hobart Deans Office and a member of the Hobart Class of 1998.
Excellence in Acting to Christina Nardozzi for her portrayal of Vania.
Andruski noted that King's The Iris Principle 'is a thought provoking script worthy of merit.' King received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Playwriting and actress Richeen Smith received an Excellence in Acting for her portrayal of Iris.
Anthony Road Winery received Special Meritorious Achievement honors for being a 'Partner of the Arts' and opening its doors as a performance venue. Andruski said, 'It was a truly terrific evening of theatre.'
TANYS adjudicators give merit awards to recognize exceptional work by community and academic theatre companies, actors and technicians. The awards will be presented at the annual State Theatre Festival, Nov.19, 20 and 21, at Cayuga Community College in Auburn.
The Geneva Theatre Guild is one of New York State's most honored community theatre organizations.