Jungle, Open Eye Figure theaters take top Ivey Awards

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The Jungle Theater production of "In the Next Room" and The Open Eye Figure Theatre's "Milly & Tilly" were cited for overall excellence at the 9th annual Ivey Awards Monday night at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Jungle Theater's Urinetown" (pictured, above), also won an Ivey for Raymond Berg for Best Musical Direction.

The Children's Theatre Company also won two Ivey Awards, both for "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie." Peter Brosius won for directing, while Dean Holt took honors for acting.

Other individuals honored include nationally renowned Minneapolis playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, who was presented with an Ivey for Lifetime Achievement.

The Star Tribune says the Ohio-born Hatcher has written screenplays for such films as “Stage Beauty” (based on his play), “Casanova” and “The Duchess," and for the stage, co-wrote "Tuesdays with Morrie" along with author Mitch Ablom.

Hatcher's work has also been featured at the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Illusion Theater, Children’s Theatre Company and the History Theatre.

The Emerging Artist Ivey went to actor, director and playwright Richardo Vasquez.

More than 1,000 performances created by 80 professional theaters in the Twin Cities from September 2012 through August 2013 were evaluated by more than 150 volunteers to help determine this year's Ivey Awards, the Pioneer Press says.

An advisory board are then administered by an advisory committee.

See the other winners of the 9th annual Ivey Awards below.

- Peter Beard & James Napoleon Stone, Directing, "Hamlet" (Theatre Coup d’Etat)

- Michael Croswell, Sound Design, "Misterman" (Frank Theatre)

- Ensemble, Acting, "Clybourne Park" (Guthrie Theater)

- Ensemble, Acting, "Two Sugars, Room for Cream" (Hennepin Theatre Trust)

- Michael Matthew Ferrell, Choreography, "Singin’ in the Rain" (Bloomington Civic Theatre)

- Katherine Glover, Alissa M. Shellito & Jeri Weiss, Playwrighting, "Freshwater Theatre Goes Back to High School" (Freshwater Theatre Company)

- Craig Johnson, Acting, "Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde" (Walking Shadow Theatre Company)

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