On May 25th 2010 The Jessie Richardson Award Society announced the slate of nominations for the 2009/10 season. A wide range of excellence in Vancouver theatre found the spotlight among the categories, including all three of Touchstone’s shows that were eligible for nomination. Judith Thompson’s searing political triptych Palace of the End took three nominations including Best Production Small Theatre (with our partners Felix Culpa and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades) and Actress in a Lead Role for Laara Sadiq’s unforgettable embodiment of Nehrjas Al Saffarh. Nominations for Shawn Macdonald’s Demon Voice found recognition going to longtime Touchstone designers Adrian Muir and David Roberts, and to Patrick Keating for his moving portrayal of Darryl. Excellence in design was also highlighted in the nominations for DualMinds’ Any Night (co-presented by Touchstone and The VECC), as was Ron Jenkins’ stunning direction. Touchstone congratulates all its nominees and wishes them the best of luck at the Awards Ceremony on June 21st at the Commodore! Below is a detailed list of the 9 nominations:

Palace of the End by Judith Thompson
(Touchstone Theatre in Association with Felix Culpa and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades)
Outstanding Production Small Theatre
Outstanding Direction Small Theatre – David Bloom / Katrina Dunn / Mindy Parfitt
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Small Theatre – Laara Sadiq

Demon Voice by Shawn Macdonald
Outstanding Lighting Design Small Theatre – Adrian Muir
Outstanding Set Design Small Theatre – David Roberts
Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Small Theatre – Patrick Keating

Any Night by Daniel Arnold, Medina Hahn and Ron Jenkins
(DualMinds co-presented by Touchstone Theatre and the Vancouver East Cultural Centre)
Outstanding Direction Small Theatre – Ron Jenkins
Outstanding Lighting Design Small Theatre – David Fraser
Outstanding Sound Design or Original Composition Small Theatre – Gordon Heal

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