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WAM Theatre Nominated for Two Elliot Norton Awards for 'Pipeline'
10:18AM / Thursday, May 07, 2020
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Hubens 'Bobby' Cius as Omari and Alexandria Danielle King as Nya in WAM Theatre's fall 2019 production of 'Pipeline' by Dominique Morisseau, directed by Dawn M. Simmons. Photo by David Dashiell.

LENOX, Mass. — WAM Theatre's co-production with The Nora at Central Square Theater of Dominique Morisseau's "Pipeline" has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Ensemble (Midsize Theatre), and that Hubens "Bobby" Cius, who played the leading role of Omari, has been nominated as Outstanding Actor (Midsize Theatre). 

The Boston Theater Critics Association announced the nominees on April 16. The winners of the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards will be revealed in a virtual ceremony on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m.. Details on how to view the event can be found on the website.

"I could not be more proud of the collective effort that is 'Pipeline,'" Director Dawn M. Simmons said. "The creative and producing teams came together to create a really special piece and the extended life it was able to have, just everything about this project and process has been a dream.”"

"It's the exceptional cast which grabs us immediately with passion and poetry in equal measure. I want to applaud it because it is about the kind of connection that will save us in the end," BTCA President Joyce Kulhawik said. "It is more important than ever before that the BTCA acknowledge this season's outstanding work. The arts community has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic, and we will continue to support and honor our theater artists the best way we know how."

This production of "Pipeline" was presented Oct. 24-Nov. 9, 2019, by WAM Theatre at Shakespeare & Company’s Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Mass,, and then ran March 5-April 12 (closed March 15 due to COVID-19), 2020, by The Nora at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Mass.

This year’s Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence is being awarded posthumously to Johnny Lee Davenport,  a mainstay at Shakespeare & Company for decades and an actor beloved on both Boston and Berkshire stages.

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, Nancy Grossman, 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. 

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. The Boston theater community carries on his legacy and can be proud of its remarkable growth at a time in our nation’s history when the arts are struggling to survive.

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