And the Awards for 2016 go to …

2016-select

2016 Best of Show: The Adam Beilgard Experience “One One Thousand”

2nd Place: Theatre Genesis “Adrift”

3rd Place: The Incoherent Theatre Company “The Curse of the Lost Settlers Island”

Wednesday, May 11 Audience Choice: Hoover Drama “Trump Island”
Thursday, May 12 Audience Choice: The Incoherent Theatre Company “The Curse of the Lost Settlers Island”

Best Direction: Joseph Gentzler, The Incoherent Theatre Company “The Curse of the Lost Settlers Island”
Best Playwriting: Emily Griffin and Hoover Drama, Hoover Drama “Trump Island”
Best Ensemble Performance: The Adam Beilgard Experience “One One Thousand”
MACTOR Award for Best Individual Performance: Arlen Daleske, Theatre Genesis “Adrift”
Rising Star Award: Hoover Drama “Trump Island”
Tip o’ the Hat Award for Clever Use of Iambic Pentameter: Ballard Drama “All’s Well For Now”
Tip o’ the Hat Award for Maniacal Performance as Peyton Freeman: Kyle Chizek, The Incoherent Theatre Company “The Curse of the Lost Settlers Island”

 


What is the “MACTOR Award for Best Performance?”

The MACTOR Award for the best performance by an actor or actress in the 711 Theatre Project is named for veteran stage, film, television, and radio actor Michael Cornelison (1952 – 2011), Mike used “mactor” as his email nickname by merging his initials (M.A.C.) with ‘actor’.

Michael was approached by myself – an untested, but determined, producer/director – in the spring of 2004 asking him to portray legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow in the one-man show of the same name by playwright David W. Rintels. Many seasoned actors would not only balk at the idea, but make a beeline for the nearest exit. Not Mike. Not only did he agree, but he enthusiastically jumped into the project and so began Theater … for a change (TFAC). Since that time, Mike was ever the staunch advocate of TFAC and every project it produced, including the 711 Theatre Project. From the Narrator in “Rush Limbaugh in Night School,” to Niels Bohr in “Copenhagen,” to directing Mike Pace and Steve Mathews in “The Sunshine Boys” and everything else he did in between, Michael was a godsend.

One of Mike’s last acting performances was here, in the Viking Theatre, for the 2011 711 Theatre Project. Mike and his son, Nick, tore up the floorboards in the short play “Alley Cats” by Mike’s long-time friend and partner-in-crime Max Allan Collins. “Alley Cats” won the Judges’ Choice Award for its evening.

Michael Cornelison in a publicity photo as Clarence Darrow (2004)

Michael Cornelison in a publicity photo as Clarence Darrow (2004)

There are no words to give Mike his due. He was a loving father, husband, and friend. His name truly is written in the Book of Love – for now and for always.

— Thatcher Williams, co-founder of the 711 Theatre Project