TWO Kevin Kline Nominees in Theatre

The St. Louis based Kevin Kline awards were announced Monday, January 30, and two WIU students are among the nominees.  Brooke Edwards, MFA directing student, and James Bleecker, undergraduate BFA student, are both nominees.  WIU/COFAC is so proud of these students and thrilled that their excellent work is being recognized.

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea poster

Danny and the Deep Blue Sea poster

Brooke is a second year MFA directing student from St. Louis.  Brooke was nominated for her role as Roberta in the two person play Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley. The production was directed by WIU faculty member Ray GabicaDanny was a Non-Prophet Theatre production.

Thrill Me poster

Thrill Me poster

James Bleecker was nominated for his portrayal of Nathan Leopold in the Max and Louie Production of Thrill Me by Stephen Dolginoff. Thrill Me was reprised in St. Louis last summer from a WIU 2010-11 studio production that was directed by Brooke Edwards. The production also featured Blake Berry Davy, senior, Morris, IL as Richard Loeb; Cynthia Lohrman, MFA costume design; Will James Stacey, MFA student lighting design, Franklin TN; John Blunk, senior, Aurora, IL; and Tj Nicol, junior, River Grove, IL. Lynn Thompson, Associate Professor School of Music, was the musical director for the show.

The awards are named for Kevin Kline, the Tony- and Oscar-winning actor who grew up in Clayton. Honoring excellence in St. Louis professional theater, they are presented by the Professional Theatre Council of St. Louis. The winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony at the Loretto-Hilton Center on April 2.

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