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2021-2022 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards — The Qualifiers

      Theater life increasingly turns to normal. For most of 2022, I have seen at least 10 productions a month. Adding the handful of shows that were able to open as the pandemic eased in 2021, the Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards take into account 95 shows seen between New York and Wilmington, Delaware.

       The hope for 2022-2023 is to expand the number of shows — already 10 in the 2022-2023 diary — and the places they’re seen to New England, Canada, London, and DC.

       The Qualifiers comprise productions and performances that were considered and ranked in my diary for the season. This ranking is done as the season progresses and reviewed several times during a year to make sure something or someone seen early in the season doesn’t fall too far behind because of more recent entries (and immediate memory) or, conversely, that newcomers take their rightful place among the established front-runners.

       Awards are given in six categories — Production, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, and Supporting Actress — with no distinction between musicals and plays and no separation of touring shows from local shows or of professional vs. community theater productions. Any show or performance seen is up for consideration (although, admittedly, the more polished and professional usually prevail).

        Here the Qualifiers for the 2022-2023 Helen and Morris Zoren World Theater Awards

BEST PRODUCTION (95)  — The Alchemist, Anastasia, Athena, Baby, Backing Track, Baipás, Bayard Rustin Inside Ashland, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Blithe Spirit, Camille, The Cherry Orchard, The Chinese Lady, Choir Boy, A Comedy of Tenors, Cosi Fan Tutte, The Cure at Troy, Dear Jack, Dear Louise, Dreaming Zenzile, Extreme Home Makeover, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine, Fairview, A Few Good Men, Finding Fassbender, Flyin’ West, Freedom Rider, Freestyle Love Supreme, Funny Girl, The Garbologists, The Girl From the North Country, Group!, Hadestown, Hairspray, Hamilton, Hangmen, A Holy Show, How I Learned What I Learned, I and You, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, In the Next Room; or the vibrator play, Into the Woods, Is There Still Sex in the City?, It’s Only a Play, Janet Wide Awake, The Lehman Trilogy, Little Girl Blue, The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, The Marilu Henner Show, Me, Myself, and Shirley, Million Dollar Quartet, Minor Character, The Minutes, The Motherfucker With the Hat, Mr. Saturday Night, Mrs. Doubtfire, Murder For Two, Never Let Go, ‘Night, Mother, The OK Trenton Project, Oklahoma!, Other World, Paradise Square, Pass Over, Personality, Pretty Woman, Reverie, Ride the Cyclone, Rigoletto, School Girls, or the African Mean Girls Play, Settlements, 72 Miles to Go…, Sherlock Holmes: Adventure of the Speckled Band, Sister Act, Skeleton Crew, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sugarbelly and Other Tales My Father Told Me, Take Me Out, This Bitter Earth, This Is the Week That Is, Three Sisters, TJ Loves Sally 4Ever, To Kill a Mockingbird, Today is My Birthday, Together Off-Broadway: Merman & Martin, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tuesday, The Vinegar Tree, Waitress, A Walk on the Moon, The Wanderer, The Weir, When Day Comes, Where We Belong, The Winter’s Tale, Young Money

BEST DIRECTOR (85) — Abigail Adams, Andrew Binger, Liliana Blain-Cruz, Deborah Block, Tony Braithwaite, Steve H. Broadnax, Marc Bruni, Alexander Burns, Kevin Cahoon and Colin Hanlon, Adrienne Campbell-Holt, Mary Carpenter, Glenn Casale, Rachel Chavkin, Jesse Cline, C. Ryanne Dominguez, Charles H. Duggan, Matthew Dunster, Christopher V. Edwards, Scott Ellis, Sheldon Epps, Estafania Fadul, Kenneth Ferrone, Daniel Fish, Gia Forakis, Bob Garrett, Briana Gause, Neill Hartley, Bernard Havard, Paul Hebron, Jerrell L. Henderson, Sara Holdren, James Ijames, A. Dean Irby, Devanand Janki, Justin Jain, Ozzie Jones, Thomas Kail, Amy Kaissar, Ken Kaissar, Moises Kaufman, Ricardo Khan, Cameron Knight, Dmitry Krimov, J. Scott Lapp, Lorin Latarro, Matt Lenz, Kathryn MacMillan, Tamaquil Márquez, Zuhairah “Z” McGill, Conor McPherson, Michael Mayer, Sam Mendes, Jerry Mitchell, Julio Monge, Claire Moyer, Terrence J. Nolen, Erlina Ortiz and Seth Rozin, Jeffrey L. Page, Daniel Pelzig, Harriet Power, Cat Ramirez, John Rando, Sarah Rasmussen, Tom Reing, Amina Robinson, Tyrone L. Robinson, Christian Ryan, David Saint, Anna D. Shapiro, Bartlett Sher, Matt Silva, Stephen Patrick Smith, Eve Summer, Mei Ann Teo, Darko Tresnjak, Lauren E. Turner, Yury Urnov, Bill Van Horn,  Lisa VillaMil, David Winitsky, Susanna Wolk after Diane Paulus, Rebecca Wright, Steven Anthony Wright, Jerry Zaks

BEST ACTOR (62) –Bill Army, Saint Aubyn, Nicholas Barasch, David Bazemore, Simon Russell Beale, Ross Beschler, Joshua Blue, Richard Bradford, Ethan Burck, Jef Canter, Jared Chichester, Sean Close, Billy Crystal, Guy Davis, Sean Davis, Ben Dibble, Gabriel W. Elmore, Anthony Clark Evans, Adam Godley, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Sean Grandillo, Carl Guanieri, J Hernandez, Dan Hodge, Justin Jain, Davon Johnson, Ramin Karimloo, Michael Kinnan, Joe Kinosian, Adrian Lester, Andrew Levitt, Khalfani Louis, Jorge Luna, Thane Madsen, Sam McClellan, Rob McClure, Jered McLenigan, Kevyn Morrow,, Liam Mulshine, Jamen Nanthakumar, Adam Pascal, Ian Merrill Peakes, Jo Vito Ramirez, Dax Richardson, Steven Rishard, Justen Ross, Jay O. Sanders, Matteo Scammell, Brenson Thomas, Richard Thomas, Sean Thompson, David Threlfall, Tony Todd, Anthony Veneziale, Mike Wartella, Reggie D. White, Patrick Wilhelm, JJ Wilks, Jesse Williams, Steven Anthony Wright, John Zak, Michael Zlabinger

BEST ACTRESS (59) — Ngozi Anyanwu, Krista Apple, Jisel Soleil Ayon, Lucy Baker, Sydney Banks, Meredith Beck, Angela Bey, Maggie Boffill, Rachel Brodeur, Jackie Burns, Candace Bushnell, Kim Carson, Jessica DalCanton, Emily Damasco, Silvia Dionicio, Jennie Eisenhower, Beanie Feldstein, Melanye Finister, Krissy Fraelich, Amy Frear, Sarah J. Gafgen, Sarah Gliko, Cindy Gold, Morgan Siobhan Green, Jessy Gruver, Morgan Charéce Hall, Marilu Henner, Dené Hill, Diana Huey, Sasha Hutchings, Joaquina Kalukango, Somi Kakona, Melanie Ladd, Teri Lamm, Niki Metcalf, Raven McMillon, Laiona Michelle, Renae Morgan, Kimie Muroya, Bi Jean Ngo, Campbell O’Hare, Hillary Parker, Cheyenne Parks, Amelia Pedlow, Kira Player, Katharine Powell, Kirsten Quinn, Renee Richman-Weisband, Alicia Roper, Madeleine Sayet, Sara Sheperd, Kyla Stone, Lisa Strum, Becca Suskauer, Johanna Tolentino, Stephanie Kyung Sun Walters, Cindy Williams, Deanna S. Wright, Billie Wyatt

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (278) — Patrick J. Adams, Joseph Ahmed, Julius Ahn, Alfie Allen, Todd Almond, Adam Altman, Ryan Andes, Tristan André, John Austin, Christopher Bannow, Joe Barbara, Rocco Barbera, Ian Barford, Peter Bartlett, Colin Bates, Daniel Beeman, P.J. Benjamin, Ernest Bentley, Kevin Bergen, Ross Beschler, Jeffrey Binder, Matt Bogert, Damon Bonetti, Miles Boone, Christian Boswell, Richard Bradford, Dante Bratelli, Phillip Brown, Roy Brown, Tanner Callicutt, Owen Campbell, Michael Castillejos, Stephen Cerf, Cliff Chamberlain, Malik Childs, Martin Choi, Christopher Alexander Chukwueke, Justin Cihi, Patrick Clanton, Sean Close,  Derrick Cobey, Jason Cohen, Joseph Colassante, Joey Collins, Keith Conallen, Daniel Cooney, Jesse Corbin, Lee Thomas Cortopassi, Jeremy Cousar, Jeremy Crutchley, Greg Cuellar, Akeem Davis, Billy Dawson, Brandon Delgado, Hiram Delgado, Kevin Dennis, Ben Dibble, Eli Dietrich, Brandon J. Dirden, Jared Dixon, John Dossett, Christian Douglas, Michael R. Douglass, Dontay Driver, Sidney DuPont, Sam Edgerly, Yannick-Robin Eike, Desmond Sean Ellington, Tyler S. Elliott, Jay C. Ellis, Mark Evans, Ryan Farnsworth, Trevor W. Fayle, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jamaal Fields-Green, Billy Finn, Jacob Fishel, Giacomo Fizzano, Warren Egypt Franklin, K. Todd Freeman, Ellis Gage, Andrew Gasparini, Jordan Gelber, J. Harrison Ghee, Alex Gibbs, Nehemiah Gilbert, James D. Gish, Kash Goins, Brian Gonzalez, Josh Goulding, Evan Gray, Mitch Greenberg, Scott Greer, Jared Grimes, Michael Harmon, Adam Harrington, Doug Harris, Neil Haskell, Nick Hatcher, David Hibbard, Dakota Hoar, Dan Hodge, John Hodgkinson, Richard Hollis, John Hoover, John Horton, Adam Hoyek, Carl Hsu, James Monroe Iglehart, Michael Indeglio, Amari Ingram, David Ingram, Justin Jain, Peter Francis James, Miguel Jarquin-Moreland, Kaleb Jenkins, Anthony Jennings, Frank Jimenez, Travis Johns, Blair Johnson, Eric Raymond Johnson, Steven Lee Johnson, Ceron Jones, Jay Aubrey Jones, Jesse Jones, Robert Joy, Travoye Joyner, Mark Junek, Aaron Kaburick, Ronnie Keller, Christopher Kelly, Dan Kim, Zoran Kovcic, Mark Kudisch, Levi Kreis, Kevin Kulp, Titus Landegger, Martin Landry, Scott Langdon, Joseph Langham, James Lee, Kingsley Leggs, Jess LeProtto, Josh Lerner, Tracy Letts, Gabriel Levey, Martin K. Lewis, Michael Lieberhauser, Keith Livingston, Matt Loehr, Justin Lujan, Carl Lundstedt, Brian Lundy, Benjamin Lurye, Elijah Malcomb, Julius Malone, Jamie A.C. Mangan, Aaron Marcellus, Justin Mark, Ken Marks, Mark Martin, Nick Martinez, Jaime Masesa, Stanley Wayne Mathis, Eli Mayer, Brian McCann, Danny McCarthy, Matt McGrath, Michael McInerney, Joey McIntyre, Jered McLenigan, Charles McMahon, Wyatt McManus, Christian McQueen, Jerrick Medrano, Robert Mellon, Nick Menotiades, Aubie Merrylees, Ben Michael, Trevor Miles, Jake Mills, Benj Mirman, Justin Mitchell, Martin Moran, Maddox Morfit-Tighe, Liam Mulshine, Anthony Natale, Tom Nelis, Stephen Novelli, Andy Nyman, Michael Oberholtzer, Nick Ong, Dana Orange, Michael Padgett, Kyle Taylor Parker, David Paymer, Austin Pendleton, David Pica, Niall Powderly, Pete Pryor, Richard Poe, Ryan Pope, Eduardo Ramos, Noah Reid, Pax Resler, Seth Rettberg, Dax Richardson, Patrick Richwood, Taylor Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Jr., Evan Ross, John Rossi, Rudy Roushdi, Nick Sanchez, Trini Sandoval, Wil Savarese, Matteo Scammell, Jeffrey Schechter, Austin Scott, Sky Seals, Brian Seastrom, Jim Shankman, A.J. Shively, Angel Sigala, Devon Sinclair, Lindsay Smiling, Luke Smith, Shawn W. Smith, Stephen Patrick Smith, John D. Smitherman, Liam Snead, David Socolar, Phumzile Sojola, Nathaniel Stampley, Taylor Stenger, Jeff Still, Bob Stineman, Matthew Stocke, Grant Struble, Christopher Swan, Johnny Tammaro, Jonathan Taylor, Matthew Vincent Taylor, Mitch Tebo, Brenson Thomas, John Anthony Torres, Brandon Tyler, Bobby Underwood, Zach Valdez, Bill Van Horn, Garrick Vaughan, Ben Wager, Price Waldman, Ethan Walker, Damien J. Wallace, Nathaniel Washington, David Watkins, Richard B. Watson, Yaegel T. Welch, David Christopher Wells, Jae West, Danny Wildred, André Dion Wills, Hennessy Winkler, Connor Wisely, Robbie Witty, Marquis Wood, Christopher Wren, Wei Wu, Khalil A. Wyatt, Grant Youngblood, John Zak, Kurt Zischke, Michael Zlabinger

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS (204) — Ephie Aardema, Mikaela Agrella, Eunice Akinola, Kaelee Albritton, Adinah Alexander, Christy Altomare, Krista Apple, Jennifer Babiak, Mary Badham, Ashley Nicole Baptiste, Sophia Barrett, Charnette Batey, Jeannette Bayardelle, Shoshana Bean, Tracie Bennett, Lorenza Bernasconi, Amy Bodnar, Oakley Boycott, Ann Bragg, Marcie Bramucci, Cat Brennan, Suzanne Briar, Blair Brown, Kelsey Anne Brown, Ta’Rea Campbell, Taysha Marie Canales, Deborah Carbona, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carmen Castillo, Nemuna Ceesay, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Molly Casey Chapman, Jennifer Childs, Kristen Choi, Rachel Coloff, Jessica Crouch, Kaitlyn Davis, Lauren Decker, Eleni Delopoulos, Toni DiBuono, Charity Angél Dawson, Anna DiBlasio, Madeleine Doherty, Katie Emery, Melanye Finister, Austin Elle Fisher, Sarah Fleiss, Tanesha M. Ford, Gabi French, Katherine Fried, Leah Gabriel, Hanna Gaffney, Jenn Gambatese, Addison Garner, Molly Gibbons, Laura Giknis, Jamary A. Gil, Sarah Gliko, Kara Goodrich, Randy Graff, Jessy Gruver, Gabrielle Hamilton, Donnie Hammond, Chasten Harmon, Hallie Spencer Harmon, Joilet F. Harris, Emery Henderson, Danielle Herbert, Suli Holum, Mary Howe, Mylinda Hull, Claire Inie-Richards, Anna Ishida, Noelle Diane Johnson, Kristen Devine Jones, Pam Jorgenson, Alisha Kahlil, Abigail Kanes, Chilina Kennedy, Dominique Kent, Becca Khalil, Jennifer Kidwell, Jodi Kimora, Sara King, Emilie Krause, Mattilyn Rochester Kravitz, Ranita Lawrence, Anneliese Lawson, Sandie Lee, Danielle Lenée, Kelly Letourneau, Anna Faye Lieberman, Chelsea Lombard, Jane Lynch, Ashlyn Maddox, Carole Maillard, Daniela Malavé, Kimberly Marable, Rami Margron, Luba Mason, Mary Martello, Gabriella Marzetta, Naledi Masilo, Gabrielle McClinton, Barbara McCulloh, Katerina McCrimmon, Megan McDermott, Megan McDevitt, Zuhairah “Z” McGill, Bonnie Milligan, Jessica Money, Ellie Mooney, Imani Moore,  Melanie Moore, Jessie Mueller, Kaila Mullady, Desirée Murphy, Sally Murphy, Mary Neufeld, Bi Jean Ngo, Kristine Nielsen, Kishia Nixon, Adoeze Nwoko, Cassandra Ogbozor, Rachel O’Hanlon-Rodriguez, Campbell O’Hare, Corinna O’Lock, Megan Opaliniski, Amma Osei, Yajaira Paredes, Stephanie Jae Park, Hillary Parker, Karen Peakes, Kayla Pecchioni, Mukta Phatak, Ebony Pullum, Dayna Marie Quincy, Nadia Ra’Shaun, Madeline Raube, Lindsay Reynolds, Rebecca Robbins, Amanda Jill Robinson, Brett Ashley Robinson, Louise Robinson, Jasmine Rogers, Liv Rooth, Krystal Rosa, Marilyn Melissa Saguelo, Anjoli Santiago, Mary Elizabeth Scallen, Analise Scarpaci, Amanda Schoonover, Dizzy Senze, Julia Sims, Regan Sims, Sis, Paige Smallwood, Wendi Smith, Maya Smoot, Grace Ellis Solomon, Hannah Solow, Jackie Soro, Sav Souza, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Erica Spyres, Gabi Stapula, Vanessa Sterling, Jenny Lee Stern, Susan Riley Stevens, Erika Strasburg, Arianna Gayle Stucki, Jennifer Summerfield, Ashley Sweetman, Arielle “Faye” Telemaco-Bean, Lauren Teyke, Lexi Thammavong, Lauryn Morgan Thomas, Johanna Tolentino, Molly Tower, Joli Tribuzio, Twoey Truong, MK Tuomanen, Princess Sasha Victomé, Barbara Walsh, Debra Walton, Gerry Weagraff, Susan Wefel, Joelle Weil, Helen Marla White, Jacqueline Williams, Satchel Williams, Ontaria Kim Wilson, Phindi Wilson, Sierra Wilson, Mare Winningham, Eunice Woods, Deanna S. Wright, Hailee Kaleem Wright, Billie Wyatt, Monah Yancy, Alexis Louise Young, Emily Zacharias, Emmanuelle Zeesman, Julianna Zinkel

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