Wolf Play Leads 2023 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations; Read the Complete List of Nominees | Playbill

Awards Wolf Play Leads 2023 Lucille Lortel Award Nominations; Read the Complete List of Nominees

Kimberly Akimbo stars Victoria Clark and Justin Cooley made the announcement for the Off-Broadway theatrical honors.

Wolf Play leads the nominations for this year's Lucille Lortel Awards, recognizing the best in Off-Broadway theatre. The production, which originated at Soho Rep in collaboration with Ma-Yi Theater Company and is currently being produced by MCC Theater, received six nominations, including nods for Outstanding Play, Director, and Ensemble.

The work is up against Signature's A Case for the Existence of God, The Public's Dark Disabled Stories, Playwrights Horizons' Downstate, and Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3's Epiphany for Outstanding Play.

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Nominations for Outstanding Musical include New York Theatre Workshop and National Black Theatre's Dreaming Zenzile, National Theatre Folksbiene's Harmony, The Public's SUFFSTitaníque, and WP Theater's Weightless.

This year's nominations were announced by Lortel winner Victoria Clark and Justin Cooley, both currently starring in the Lortel-winning Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway. Watch the full announcement above.

The Lortels recognize the best in Off-Broadway theatre and are voted on by representatives of the theatrical unions, the Off-Broadway League, theatre journalists, academics, and other Off-Broadway professionals. Produced by the Off-Broadway League and Lucille Lortel Theatre with additional support provided by TDF, the awards will be handed out May 7 at NYU Skirball Center beginning at 7 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public April 7 at Tickets.NYU.edu and at the NYU Skirball box office. Michael Heitzman will return to direct the evening for the 12th consecutive year.

See the full list of nominees below:

Outstanding Play
A Case for the Existence of God, by Samuel D. Hunter
Dark Disabled Stories
, by Ryan J. Haddad
Downstate, by Bruce Norris
Epiphany, by Brian Watkins
Wolf Play
, by Hansol Jung

READ: From College to Co-Stars: Will Brill and Kyle Beltran Open Up About A Case for the Existence of God

Outstanding Musical
Dreaming Zenzile
, by Somi Kakoma
Harmony, music by Barry Manilow, book and lyrics by Bruce Sussman
SUFFS, by Shaina Taub
, by Marla Mindelle, Constantine Rousouli, and Tye Blue
Weightless, by The Kilbanes

Outstanding Revival
A Bright New Boise, Signature Theatre
Endgame, Irish Repertory Theatre Company
A Man of No Importance
, Classic Stage Company
Merrily We Roll Along
, New York Theatre Workshop
A Raisin in the Sun
, The Public Theater

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Outstanding Director
Zi Alikhan, On That Day in Amsterdam
David Cromer, A Case for the Existence of God
Robert O'Hara, A Raisin in the Sun
Whitney White, soft
Dustin Wills, Wolf Play

Outstanding Choreographer
Andy Blankenbuehler, Only Gold
Warren Carlyle, Harmony
Edgar Godineaux, The Harder They Come
Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots
Ellenore Scott, Titaníque

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play
Kyle Beltran, A Case For the Existence of God
Marylouise Burke, Epiphany
K. Todd Freeman, Downstate
Ryan J. Haddad, Dark Disabled Stories
Bill Irwin, Endgame
Tonya Pinkins, A Raisin in the Sun
John Douglas Thompson, Endgame

READ: Everyone Has Missed the Point of A Raisin in the Sun, According to Tonya Pinkins

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play
Mia Barron, The Coast Starlight
Susanna Guzman, Downstate
Ryan J. Haddad, american (tele)visions
Dickie Hearts, Dark Disabled Stories
Patrice Johnson Chevannes, Endgame
Maureen Sebastian, The Best We Could (a family tragedy)
Eddie Torres, Downstate

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical
Nicholas Barasch, The Butcher Boy
Callum Francis, Kinky Boots
Natey Jones, The Harder They Come
Somi Kakoma, Dreaming Zenzile
Lindsay Mendez, Merrily We Roll Along
Marla Mindelle, Titaníque
Jim Parsons, A Man of No Importance

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical
Krystal Joy Brown, Merrily We Roll Along
Darren Goldstein, The Bedwetter
Nikki M. James, SUFFS
Jacob Ming-Trent, The Harder They Come
John Riddle, Titaníque
Reg Rogers, Merrily We Roll Along
A.J. Shively, A Man of No Importance

READ: A.J. Shively Says Current Revival of A Man of No Importance Allows for 'Deeper Human Connection'

Outstanding Ensemble
The Nosebleed - Drae Campbell, Ashil Lee, Chris Manley, Aya Ogawa, Saori Tsukada, Kaili Y. Turner
soft - Leon Addison Brown, Biko Eisen-Martin, Dharon Jones, Essence Lotus, Travis Raeburn, Shakur Tolliver, Dario Vazquez, Ed Ventura
Wolf Play - Christopher Bannow, Esco Jouléy, Brian Quijada, Nicole Villamil, Mitchell Winter

Outstanding Scenic Design
John Lee Beatty, Epiphany
You-Shin Chen, Wolf Play
dots, You Will Get Sick
Arnulfo Maldonado, A Case for the Existence of God
Clint Ramos, The Far Country

Outstanding Costume Design
Enver Chakartash, THE TREES
Sarah Laux, Wish You Were Here
Orla Long, Endgame
Qween Jean, soft
Alejo Vietti, Titaníque

Outstanding Lighting Design
Isabella Byrd, Epiphany
Jiyoun Chang, The Far Country
Tyler Micoleau, A Case for the Existence of God
Barbara Samuels, Wolf Play
Cha See, On That Day in Amsterdam

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Outstanding Sound Design
Mikhail Fiksel, How To Defend Yourself
Daniel Kluger, Epiphany
Kate Marvin, Wolf Play
Theater Mitu, american (tele)visions
Sinan Refik Zafar, LETTERS FROM MAX, a ritual

Outstanding Projection Design
Alex Basco Koch, The Orchard
Yee Eun Nam, ONCE UPON A (korean) TIME
Kameron Neal, Dark Disabled Stories
Theater Mitu, american (tele)visions
S Katy Tucker, LETTERS FROM MAX, a ritual

Honorary Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award: Stephen McKinley Henderson
Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee: Ntozake Shange
Body of Work: A.R.T./New York

Productions with multiple nominations:
Wolf Play - 6
A Case for the Existence of God - 5
Endgame - 5
Epiphany - 5
Titaníque -5
Dark Disabled Stories - 4
Downstate - 4
Merrily We Roll Along - 4
american (tele)visions - 3
The Harder They Come - 3
A Man of No Importance - 3
A Raisin in the Sun - 3
soft - 3
Dreaming Zenzile - 2
The Far Country - 2
Harmony - 2
Kinky Boots - 2
LETTERS FROM MAX, a ritual - 2
On That Day in Amsterdam - 2

Visit LortelAwards.org.

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