Castillo Theatre artistic director Dan Friedman (center) celebrates 2014 Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre recipients Ping Chong of Ping Chong & Company (left) and Amanda Feldman of CollaborationTown.
2014 Otto Awards Announced
Members of the Awards Committee of the Otto René Castillo Awards for Political Theatre gathered at the Castillo Theatre on Friday evening February 7th to announce this year’s Otto Award honorees. The 16th annual awards celebration will be held on May 18, 2014. This year's honorees are:
Ping Chong & Company, founded in 1975 with the mission to create works of theater and art that explore the intersections of race, culture, history, art, media and technology in the modern world;
CollaborationTown, a company that creates original work in NYC that is relevant beyond traditional theater audiences and speaks to many of the most pressing contemporary social and political themes;
David Edgar, leading British playwright and the president of the Writers Guild of Great Britain, known for his adaptation The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby;
Katori Hall, a playwright/performer whose writings combine often harsh and vivid realities with imaginative explorations of possibilities, and whose award-winning play, The Mountaintop, has received productions all over the world;
E. Patrick Johnson, a scholar/artist who has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance;
Carlton and Maurice Turner, who together founded M.U.G.A.B.E.E. (Men Under Guidance Acting Before Early Extinction) in the late 1990s, a flexible ensemble focused on collaborative creation in communities.
In addition to 2014 Otto honorees Ping Chong and Bruce Allardice of Ping Chong & Company, and Amanda Feldman, Geoffrey O’Donnell, Jordan Seavey and TJ Witham from CollaborationTown, present for the announcement were 35 guests. Among them were theatre artists Charles Weldon of the Negro Ensemble Company, Rudolph Shaw of the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre, director Moshe Yassur, and past Otto honorees Richard Wesley, and Brad Burgess from the Living Theatre.
2013 Ottos honoree Richard Wesley (left) with Charles Weldon, artistic director of the Negro Ensemble Company
Ottos executive producer Diane Stiles with Brad Burgess of the Living Theatre
Left to right, Castillo Theatre volunteer Ellen Korner with Geoffrey O'Donnell and TJ Witham of CollaborationTown, along with Castillo Theatre artistic director Dan Friedman and Ottos executive producer Diane Stiles