TFA Receives Six Helen Hayes Nominations

Posted: March 15, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason’s resident professional company, received five Helen Hayes Award nominations for its musical production Perseus Bayou. Robinson Professor and playwright Paul D’Andrea garnered a sixth nomination, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, for his adaptation of Nathan the Wise. Awards will be presented on Monday, May 6, at the Kennedy Center.

Perseus Bayou was nominated for the following awards: Outstanding Resident Musical, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical (Mary Hall Surface), Outstanding Costume Design (Jelena Vukmirovic), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Musical (Paul Takacs).

Perseus Bayou, by Surface and David Maddox, transplants the Greek myth of the Medusa-slaying hero to post-Civil War Louisiana while interweaving a complex patchwork of dialogue, music, and storytelling. D’Andrea’s Nathan the Wise, a new adaptation of G.E. Lessing’s classic play about religious tolerance, opened to such critical acclaim that it has been developed into a television production, which is scheduled to air on WETA, Saturday, April 6, at 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

TFA has won a total of 11 Helen Hayes Awards in the past, including the Charles

MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play for The Sins of Sor Juana. The 1995 production of Dream of a Common Language won Outstanding Resident Production, Outstanding Supporting Actress, Outstanding Set Design, and Outstanding Costume Design.

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