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Suzi Awards to honor 7 Stages founders Hamilton, Allen; 13 nominated for playwriting award

By Howard Pousner /

Del Hamilton and Faye Allen, who founded 7 Stages theater in 1979, will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at Monday night’s Suzi Bass Awards, Atlanta’s version of the Tonys.

Among metro theater leaders endorsing the duo for the honor, director Kenny Leon wrote: “Their productions have reminded us that the world is a better place when everyone’s story is told. They represent the soul of the Atlanta arts scene.”

Additionally, this year’s Suzi ceremony will again bestow the Gene-Gabriel Moore Playwriting Award, recognizing a new play by a local playwright (given a production during the previous season). Thirteen productions were nominated this year, a record:

  • “Angry Fags” by Topher Payne, produced by 7 Stages
  • “The Ghastly Dreadfuls” by Jon Ludwig and Jason Hinezmeyer, produced by the Center for Puppetry Arts
  • “The Great McAnigan” by Dave Lauby, produced by the Collective Project
  • “Mighty Myths and Legends,” adapted by Allen O’Reilly, Richard Garner, Seth Langer, produced by Georgia Shakespeare
  • “Moby-Dick,” adapted by John Gentile, produced by Saiah
  • “Mysterious Connections” by Peter Hardy, produced by Essential Theatre
  • “The Strange Attractor” by Jesse Cramer, produced by Act3 Productions
  • “Stray Dogs” by Matthew Myers, produced by Essential Theatre
  • “Swell Party” by Topher Payne, produced by Georgia Ensemble Theatre
  • “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe,” adapted by Bobby Box and Jon Ludwig, produced by the Center for Puppetry Arts
  • “Two Drink Minimum” by Bill Balzer, produced by Theatrical Outfit
  • “Unnecessary Monsters” by Megan Hayes, produced by Aurora Theatre
  • “What I Learned in Paris” by Pearl Cleage, produced by Alliance Theatre

The ceremony will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur. Tickets: $50 if purchased by 5 p.m. Saturday; $60 door.

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