By Eunice Moseley
Loni Love (“The Real”) hosted the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards, held recently at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, where artistic creativity was honored with a red carpeted event.
Aside from awarding actors, actresses, directors, costumes designers, choreographers, producers, lighting technicians, stage designers, sound engineers and playwrights of the theatrical arena the NAACP Theatre Awards gave special honors to Academy Award winner Viola Davis (The Help), Lillias White (Hercules), Condola Rashad (“Sex in the City”) and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson, Jr.
Presenters of the 28th NAACP Theatre Awards included Primetime Emmy Award winner Loretta Devine (“Boston Public”), Orlando Bloom (The Hobbit), James Pickens, Jr. (“Greys Anatomy”), Raven-Symone (College Road Trip), Golden Globe Award nominated Richard Roundtree (Shaft) and Julius Tennon (Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice). Nominees included Choreographers Sergio Trujillo for “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” and Joyce Guy for “Les Blancs;” Music Directors Jaret Landon for “Born for This” and Giovanni Adams for “Love is a Dirty Word;” Lead Female Actresses Phylicia Rashad for “Head of Passes” and Kacie Rogers for “An Accident;” Lead Actors Arthur Richardson for “Driving Miss Daisy” and Joshua Wolf Coleman for “Transitions” and Directors Luis Valdez for “Zoot Suit” and Gina Belafonte for “Lyrics from Lockdown.”
“It’s a Hip-Hop Spoken Word musical about mass incarceration and mistaken identity,” said Gina Belafonte about her nomination for directing “Lyrics from Lockdown.”
When I asked Kacie Rogers about the role she was nominated for in “An Accident” she said, “I was playing a woman who was paralyzed so I was in the bed most of it. I was only able to move in her mental state. So really studying what’s that’s like and the feelings of anxiety trapped in your own body, that was a really challenging because I wanted to do it justice.”