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Asian American Theatre Artists Sweep Through the Bay Area in TBA Awards

 Bay Area Asian American theatre artists made their mark in this year’s Theatre Bay Area Awards, garnering at least 24 nominations, with Ferocious Lotus’ Two Mile Hollow garnering a staggering 10 nominations alone.

Nominations crossed the lines of design and acting and writing to encompass all the various theatre disciplines. Complete list available here. Asian American nominees include:

WORLD PREMIERE PLAY:
– Carla Lee, Ginger Wu, James Jordan, Molly Sanchez, Rinee Shah, and Sarah Suksiri​ for HONEY, I SHRUNK THE WHITES at Killing My Lobster
– Min Kahng (that’s me!) for INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY:
– HOLD THESE TRUTHS by Jeanne Sakata at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Tier 1)
– LOVE, BOMBS & APPLES by Hassan Abdulrazzak at Golden Thread Productions (Tier 2)
– TWO MILE HOLLOW by Leah Nanako Winkler at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)

FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
– Brian Palac for HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Hillbarn Theatre (Tier 2)

PRINCIPAL ACTOR IN A MUSICAL:
– Mindy Lym for RAGTIME at Berkeley Playhouse (Tier 2)
– Alex Rodriguez for HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Bay Area Musicals (Tier 3)

ENSEMBLE OF A PLAY:
– INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre
– TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company

FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY:
– Jomar Tagatac for WAR OF THE ROSES at California Shakespeare Theater (Tier 1)
– Benjamin Nguyen for INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)
– Rinabeth Apostol for TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)
– Greg Ayers for TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)
– Michelle Talgarow for TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)

PRINCIPAL ACTOR IN A PLAY:
– Joel de la Fuente for HOLD THESE TRUTHS at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Tier 1)
– Krystle Piamonte for INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)
– Farshad Farahat for ALL THE SHAH’S MEN at Arabian Shakespeare Festival (Tier 3)

PRINCIPAL ACTOR IN A SPECIALTY PERFORMANCE:
– Marisa Yoko Hankins for HONEY, I SHRUNK THE WHITES at Killing My Lobster
– Phil Wong for A BAG OF DICKENS at Killing My Lobster

CHREOGRAPHY:
– Erika Chong Shuch for IRON SHOES at Shotgun Players (Tier 1)
– Alex Rodriguez for RAGTIME at Berkeley Playhouse (Tier 2)
– Bridgette Loriaux for 4.48 PSYCHOSIS at Anton’s Well Theater Company (Tier 3)
– Alex Rodriguez for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Ray of Light Theatre Company (Tier 3)

DIRECTION OF A PLAY:
– May Liang for INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)
– Lily Tung Crystal for TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)

DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL:
– Erika Chong Shuch for IRON SHOES at Shotgun Players (Tier 1)

CREATIVE SPECIALTIES:
– Phil Wong, Vocal Coach for HONEY, I SHRUNK THE WHITES at Killing My Lobster

LIGHTING DESIGN:
– Jiyoun Chang for WAR OF THE ROSES at California Shakespeare Theater (Tier 1)
– Christian Mejia for JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR at Ray of Light Theatre Company (Tier 3)

SCENIC DESIGN:
– Takeshi Kata for ANGELS IN AMERICA, PARTS ONE AND TWO at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (Tier 1)
– Kuo-Hao Lo for VANIA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE at Contra Costa Civic Theatre (Tier 2)
– Kuo-Hao Lo for IT’S ONLY A PLAY at New Conservatory Theatre Center (Tier 2)
– Ting Na Wang for 1984 at Los Altos Stage Company (Tier 3)
– Tina Na Wang for THE ROAD TO MECCA at The Pear Theatre (Tier 3)
– Randy Wong-Westbrooke for TWO MILE HOLLOW at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company (Tier 3)

SOUND DESIGN:
– Michael Kelly for INSIDE OUT & BACK AGAIN at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)
– Michael Kelly for BEAUTIFUL OOPS! at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)
– Michael Kelly for JUDY MOODY & STINK: THE MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD TREASURE HUNT at Bay Area Children’s Theatre (Tier 2)

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