Nominees for The Jessies, Vancouver’s equivalent to the Tony Awards, were announced recently with two productions from Vancouver’s queer professional theatre company receiving two.
The Jessie Awards, named after long-time Vancouver theatre matriarch Jessie Richardson, celebrates the achievements of the Vancouver professional theatre community each year in a series of award categories, as decided by their peers.
The 2013 awards, which will be presented during a ceremony on June 24, includes a supporting actor nomination for Sean Harris Oliver for his sexy turn as Jared in The Frank Theatre Company’s production of Unstuck.
“As an actor, we do all this work and we don’t ever really know if what we’re doing is good,” says Harris of his nomination. “It’s a nice feeling to receive recognition from your peers and co-workers. I think anybody, in any line of work, needs that validation from time to time.”
For Harris though the nomination is bitter-sweet as he won’t actually be in town to find out if he wins as he will be traveling.
“It sucks because the Jessie party is the best part about the whole nomination. Winning or losing is irrelevant; I just love that damn party,” he says.
Nominated for best original script is local comedian Jan Derbyshire for her queer dysfunctional family comedy Turkey in the Woods co-produced by Cranberry Sauce Equity Co-op and The Frank Theatre Company.
Pleased with the nominations, The Frank Theatre Company Artistic Producer Chris Gatchalian says it helps to show that the local theatre community believes in the queer issues they explore.
“What I’m particularly happy about is the fact that both of our nominations are for new, original work, which is at the heart of what we do. So this shows that brave new words and brave new ideas resonate with the community,” says Gatchalian.
The 31st Annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards
June 24, 2013
The Commodore Ballroom
Visit http://www.jessies.ca for tickets and information.