2009 One Act Play Festival, Studio Theatre Productions, Perth
November 13 - 14, 2009
Adjudicator - John Lazarus

Friday, November 13 Saturday, November 14 - Afternoon Saturday, November 14 - Evening
More Theatre, Manotick
This is a Play
by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Joan Sullivan Eady
Toto Too Theatre, Ottawa
The Soldier Dreams
by Daniel MacIvor
directed by Chantele Plante and Tim Ginley
Vagabound Theatre, Cornwall
Ruby of Elsinore
by Bruce Kane
directed by Katie Burke
Kemptville Players, Kemptville
by Mary Orr
directed by Monica Cleland
Ottawa Little Theatre, Ottawa
Deliver'd from NoWhere
by Tim Ginley
directed by Geoff Gruson
Peterborough Theatre Guild, Peterborough
Mrs C, You've Got a Lovely Scar
by R. Keith Smith
directed by R. Keith Smith
Valley Players, Almonte
Ladies of the Mop
by Aurand Harris
directed by Marianne Mullan
Studio Theatre Productions, Perth
Would You Like a Cup of Tea?
by Warren Graves
directed by Patricia Parry
Dundas County/Shoestring Theatre, Mountain Winchester
Worth it
by Moira Law
directed by Elizabeth Barton

Adjudicator John Lazarus is an internationally-known, award-winning Canadian playwright and teacher. He has taught at Studio 58, the Vancouver Film School, and the National Theatre School, and is presently a professor in the Drama Department at Queen’s University. For many years he worked as the Vancouver theatre critic for CBC Radio. In addition to the E.O.D.L., he has also adjudicated for Theatre B.C., the Association of B.C. Drama Educators, and the Sears Festivals, and this year he is adjudicating festivals for both the Eastern Ontario and Western Ontario Drama Leagues. His latest play, Trouble on Dibble Street, was produced this past summer at the St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, and his next play, Old Enough to Kill, will be produced on Queen’s campus by Gnu Ground this coming April. John is a graduate of the National Theatre School.

Adjudicator John Lazarus' comments from the awards brunch.

Peterborough Examiner Award for Best Visual Production
for combined use of setting, signage, lighting and silhouette acting
Dundas County Players and Shoestring Productions - Worth It
Helen R McGregor Adjudicator's Award
for representing a welcome trend in community theatre of presenting new, original work, and also for writing a hell of a good script
Dundas County Players and Shoestring Productions - Worth It
Moira Law, author
Peterborough Theatre Guild Adjudicator's Award
for a very funny performance, and for successfully fooling the Adjudicator and, I hope, other audience members, by means of a triumphant, sustained, masterful feat of what I'll politely call gender bending
Vagabond Theatre - Ruby of Elsinore
Michael DeWolfe as Ruby
Colin Mawson Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Student
for his backstage work as ASM, Sound Operator, and, I hear, supportive son of the Stage Manager
Peterborough Theatre Guild - Mrs. C., You've Got a Lovely Scar,
Josh Lueck
Nancy Chajkowski Memorial Award for Costume Design
for two simple costumes that told us most of what we needed to know about the ladies wearing them
Kemptville Players - Roommates
Monica Cleland, Barb McDerby and Cathie Raina
Belleville Theatre Guild Acting Award
for a subtle and sensitive comic performance as an unsubtle and insensitive actor, who at least enters with conviction
More Theatre - This is a Play
Ian Stauffer
Mae Carmichael Award for Acting
for another paradoxical achievement: a graceful portrayal of awkwardness, in a character who is buoyed up by her dreams
Valley Players of Almonte - Ladies of the Mop
Kate McDonough
Pauline Grant Award for Acting
for a cheerful and exuberant performance that sparkled, literally and figuratively
Studio Theatre Productions - Would You Like a Cup of Tea?
Joanna McAuley as Nola
Nepean Little Theatre Acting Award
for a nuanced, multi-leveled, perceptive portrayal of a man desperately trying to do and say the right thing in a difficult situation
Toto Too Theatre - The Solider Dreams
Ken Godmere as Sam
Penny Arril Adjudicator's Award
I wanted to honour this production, but I couldn't find a category to honour it in, because what makes the production so special is what's unique and unclassifiable about it: no one contribution, but the whole thing adding up to more than the sum of its parts. So this is an adjudicator's award for ensemble work
More Theatre - This is a Play
Cast and crew
Academy Theatre Foundation Best Director
Ottawa Little Theatre - Deliver'd from NoWhere
Geoff Gruson
Ottawa Little Theatre Best Production
for direction, minimal but effective design, and superb ensemble acting in an emotional and complex script
Toto Too Theatre - The Soldier Dreams
Brighton Barn Theatre People's Choice Award
Toto Too Theatre - The Solider Dreams
More Theatre - This is a Play

Updated: 27 March 2015