The second annual Ameriprise Financial Ivey Awards will pay tribute to Twin Cities theater professionals at the Historic State Theatre on Sept. 25.
Craig Lucas, a playwright, director and screenwriter, and actress Isabel Monk O’Connor will host the awards night that will feature performances by the Guthrie Theatre’s Sally Wingert, the “Church Basement Ladies” cast performing “Taking Care of Business” and an excerpt from the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s “Singin’ in the Rain.” The Ivey Awards will also feature performances by the winners of a one-minute play contest.
About 100 Ivey Awards judges evaluated the work of 63 Twin Cities theaters from September 2005 to August of this year. Members of the public also posted comments about performances at the Ivey Award online forum: www.IveyAwards.com.
“The evaluation process is designed so that each production is evaluated in its entirety — rather than for specific aspects such as performance, design, direction,” said Ivey Awards founder Scott Mayer in a prepared statement. “That coupled with the fact that there is such extensive input from the theater-going public makes this very exciting and unique.”