TFA Captures Another Helen Hayes Award

Posted: May 24, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) was recognized with its 12th Helen Hayes Award on May 6. Mary Hall Surface won for Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical for last season’s production of Perseus Bayou, which she wrote with composer David Maddox. “May we be together forever,” she told her working partner from the stage during the 18th annual awards ceremony in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall.

TFA received five Helen Hayes nominations for the successful Perseus Bayou, including Outstanding Resident Musical, the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical, Outstanding Costume Design (Jelena Vukmirovic), and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Resident Musical (Paul Takacs). 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.

Perseus Bayou transplants the Greek myth of the Medusa-slaying hero to post-Civil War Louisiana while interweaving a complex patchwork of dialogue, music, and storytelling. The Center for the Arts is re-staging the musical as part of 2002-03 season along with another Surface and Maddox favorite, Sing Down the Moon. The production is scheduled for April 24-26, 2003.

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