2019 Year-End Review

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been a year since we launched RDU on Stage. Between Lauren Van Hemert, Kim Jackson, Grace Niesel, and our other writers, we have collectively reviewed over 90 shows in the Triangle (and beyond). Looking back, here are the shows and performances that stood out to us over the past year.

Hear what Kim and Lauren have to say about these shows as they recap the year on the RDU on Stage podcast (Ep. 51).

Outstanding Performance by an Actor

Fergie L. PhillippeRagtimePlayMakers Repertory Company
Michael LassiterThe Scottsboro BoysTheatre Raleigh
Brian WestbrookA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderRaleigh Little Theatre
Tyler GraeperCamelotBurning Coal Theatre
Sonny KellyThe TalkBulldog Ensemble Theater
David HendersonI Am My Own WifeTheatre Raleigh
Sterling HurstEmilie La Marquise du Chȃtelet Defends Her Life Tonight Sonorous Road

Outstanding Performance by an Actress

Yolanda RabunNina Simone, No Fear Blues Long GonePlayMakers Repertory Company
Danielle J. LongCaroline, or ChangeThe Justice Theater Project
Monét Noelle Marshall WhiteBulldog Ensemble Theater
Kacey Reynolds SchedlerTimon of AthensBare Theatre
Kirsten EhlertThe TamingThe Justice Theater Project
Michelle Murray Wells Emilie La Marquise du Chȃtelet Defends Her Life Tonight Sonorous Road
Amber WoodIn a WordBulldog Ensemble Theater
A.C. DonohueWhiteBulldog Ensemble Theater

Outstanding Ensemble

The Scottsboro BoysTheatre Raleigh
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderRaleigh Little Theatre
GodspellTheatre in the Park
Men on BoatsThe Justice Theater Project
The WolvesSonorous Road
Timon of AthensBare Theatre
The TamingThe Justice Theater Project

Outstanding Design

Life of GalileoJim Findlay (Scenic Design)PlayMakers Repertory Company
Our TownJayme Mellema (Scenic Design)University Theatre – NCSU
Emilie La Marquise du Chȃtelet Defends Her Life Tonight Nicholas Lease (Scenic Design), Rachel McKay (Costumes)Sonorous Road
Native SonLawrence E. Moten, III (Scenic Design), Reza Behjat (Lighting)PlayMakers Repertory Company
RagtimeMark Wendland (Scenic Design)PlayMakers Repertory Company
As You Like ItLeo EggerEno River Players
Men on BoatsSonya Drum (Scenic Design)The Justice Theater Project
The Wolves Lance Herbert (Scenic Design), Kaitlin Rider (Lighting)Sonorous Road
Timon of AthensMatt Tucker (Lighting) & Dustin BrittBare Theatre
The Taming Derrick Ivey (Scenic Design)The Justice Theater Project

Outstanding Director

Eric WoodallWest Side StoryNorth Carolina Theatre
Jesse GephartGodspell
Be More Chill
Theatre in the Park
Patrick TorresA Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Raleigh Little Theatre
Jameeka Holloway-BurrellWhiteBulldog Ensemble Theater
Dustin BrittTimon of AthensBare Theatre
Jules Odendahl-JamesMen on BoatsThe Justice Theater Project
Jeri Lynn SchulkeThe TamingThe Justice Theater Project

Outstanding Play

Life of GalileoPlayMakers Repertory Company
WhiteBulldog Ensemble Theater
JumpPlayMakers Repertory Company
Emilie La Marquise du Chȃtelet Defends Her Life Tonight Sonorous Road

Outstanding National Tour

Hello DollyDurham Performing Arts Center
The King and INorth Carolina Theatre

Outstanding Musical

The Scottsboro BoysTheatre Raleigh
West Side StoryNorth Carolina Theatre
CamelotBurning Coal Theatre

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