Legendary actress FAYE DUNAWAY, winner of an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, a BAFTA, and an Emmy, will be the Guest of Honor at the 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Huntington Avenue Theatre!
As President of the BTCA, I am thrilled that Ms. Dunaway, BU grad and star of stage and screen, will appear on our stage at this year’s awards ceremony honoring the outstanding work of our theater community. Her complex portrayals and luminous presence on stage and screens large and small, as well as her longstanding connection to Boston–as a student, as a young actor at the Harvard Summer Rep Theatre, as a star filming “The Thomas Crown Affair” in our city, and her most recent appearance in here onstage in “Master Class”– make Ms. Dunaway the ideal honored guest.
Ms. Dunaway’s appearance comes in advance of her appearance this spring on this very stage in Matthew Lombardo’s one woman play “Tea at Five” in which she portrays Katharine Hepburn, and chronicles the actress’s turbulent childhood, her unlikely rise to stardom, and her heart-breaking romance with Spencer Tracy. The play’s only pre-Broadway engagement will be at Boston’s Huntington Avenue Theatre June 21-July 7.
FAYE DUNAWAY is renowned for film roles in “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Chinatown,” Mommie Dearest,” and her Oscar-winning performance in “Network.” Among her Broadway roles, Dunaway won a Theater World Award for “Hogan’s Goat, “ starred in “A Streetcar Named Desire,” and “Master Class” which also previewed in Boston. Dunaway also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was honored by the French government as an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
The 37th Annual Elliot Norton Awards celebrates the Boston area’s theater community, future artists and the importance of the arts in our country. The ceremony will feature musical performances by nominees, the awarding of The Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence and a post-ceremony party. Supported by a matching grant from Broadway In Boston, a scholarship will be awarded to allow resource-limited high schools to participate in Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild’s annual High School Festival, and to provide awards to the winners of the high school Scene Partners Contest.
Nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles will be announced in the near future by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA). The winners and this year’s recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence will be honored at the ceremony on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 PM at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.
The 2019 awards are presented with the support of the Huntington Theatre Company and the New England Conservatory, where the after party will be held in the new Student Life and Performance Center, Burnes Hall.
The Elliot Norton Awards are presented annually by The Boston Theater Critics Association (Don Aucoin, Jared Bowen, Terry Byrne, Carolyn Clay, Christopher Ehlers, Iris Fanger, Joyce Kulhawik, Kilian Melloy, Bob Nesti and Ed Siegel) to honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers and performers that audiences have seen on greater Boston stages throughout the season.
Special and honored guests at the awards in past years comprise a Who’s Who of distinguished artists who have graced Boston’s stages, including: Randy Rainbow, Cherry Jones, Lea DeLaria, Mary Louise Wilson, Olympia Dukakis, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Al Pacino, Edward Albee, Brian Dennehy, August Wilson, Julie Harris, Sir Ian McKellen, Lynn Redgrave and Jason Robards Jr.
The Elliot Norton Awards are named for the eminent Boston theater critic Elliot Norton, who remained an active supporter of drama, both locally and nationally, until his death in 2003 at the age of 100.
Tickets are priced at $35.00; savvy shoppers will take advantage of $10 off the regular ticket price (available through May 10), using the code NORTIES10. Tickets are on sale at the Boston Theatre Scene Box Office, at www.bostontheatrescene.com or by calling (617) 933-8600.