Rep Stage, the professional Equity theater company in residence at Howard Community College, has received five Helen Hayes Award nominations.
Kasi Campbell, associate artistic director of Rep Stage and adjunct faculty member at the college, was nominated for Outstanding Direction, Resident Play for her work in the area premiere last year of "The Lonesome West" by Martin McDonagh. "The Mystery of Irma Vep," another play directed by Campbell, garnered four nominations.
Bruce Nelson, adjunct faculty at the college, was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play for his portrayal of Lady Enid, Nicodemus, Pev Amri, Alcazar and Victor the Wolf in the play. Scott Burgess was nominated for Outstanding Sound Design, Resident Play or Musical; Lou Stancari was nominated for Outstanding Set Design, Resident Play or Musical; and Johnathan Blandin was nominated for Outstanding Lighting Design, Resident Play or Musical.
The Helen Hayes Awards are named for the first lady of the American theater and Washington native Helen Hayes, who was also a film actress. The awards operate under the auspices of the Washington Theater Awards Society.
The awards will be held May 7 in the Opera House of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington.