Brind School Alumna's 11th Hour Theatre Co. Wins New $10,000 Barrymore Award

Co-founded by Megan O'Brien BFA '05 (Applied Theater Arts), the all-musical production company receives June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre

11th Hour's production of "The Marvelous Wonderettes." Photo by Kathryn Raines.

November 5, 2013

11th Hour Theatre Company, co-founded by Megan O’Brien BFA ’05 (Applied Theater Arts), was named the winner of the June and Steve Wolfson Award for an Evolving Theatre as part of the revamped Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The new $10,000 award, which recognizes and rewards the creativity, growth and excellence of evolving theaters in the Philadelphia region, was handed out during a sold-out ceremony held November 4 at the Arden Theatre.

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The event was the first major public effort by Theatre Philadelphia, founded by 11 theater leaders in the wake of the 2012 dissolution of the awards' original sponsor, the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. The full slate of awards for specific artistic work will be given out at next fall's ceremony.

11th Hour, which now boasts eight Barrymore Awards and a total of 31 nominations, will be in residence at the University's Ira Brind School of Theater Arts next semester. The all-musical production company will be work-shopping a new show with faculty and students, as well as rehearsing and performing various works on the UArts campus.

Other Barrymore nominees included "It's My Party: The Women and Comedy Project," written and directed by 1812 Productions founder Jennifer Childs BFA '90 (Acting), and "The Amish Project" by Simpatico Theatre Project, whose artistic director is Allen Radway BFA '99 (Theater). Both productions took home a $2,500 award as nominees for the Brown Martin Philadelphia Award, which seeks to honor plays that best lead audiences to a better understanding of the unique experience of particular segments of the global community.

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