TFA Nominated for Four Hayes Awards

Posted: March 24, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Carrie Secondo

The Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) has received four nominations for Helen Hayes Awards. The awards honor achievement in the professional theater in the Washington, D.C., area, and are named after Helen Hayes, the first lady of the American theater and a Washington, D.C., native. More than 60 professional theater companies are eligible for the awards, including Washington, D.C.’s Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, and Kennedy Center.

“The nomination is a great honor in itself,” says Rick Davis, director of the 10-year-old company. “We never expect to receive a nomination, but we are always hopeful and always pleased to be included,” he says.

TFA, a professional theater company housed under the Institute of the Arts, has a terrific record with the Helen Hayes Awards, Davis says. In the past, the group has received 22 nominations and won eight awards. The award winners will be announced on May 8.

This year’s nominations include the following:

  • Outstanding Director, Resident Musical: Mary Hall Surface, Grimm Tales

  • Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play: Karen Zacarías, The Sins of Sor Juana

  • Outstanding Resident Musical: Grimm Tales

  • Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Production: David Maddox, Grimm Tales

    Sing Down the Moon, TFA’s third annual production for the whole family, is now showing at the Concert Hall. Mary Hall Surface, director and composer of last season’s hit Grimm Tales, creates a tapestry of folk tales, ballads, stories, songs, and legends from the incredible cultural wealth of the Appalachian Mountains. The show runs through April 2, showing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. To purchase tickets, visit the Concert Hall Box Office, Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., or call ProTix at (703) 218-6500.

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