Vintage Theatre, ‘Rabbit Hole’ among big winners in Colorado Theatre Guild’s Henry Awards

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AURORA | This spring, lightning struck the Vintage Theatre in Aurora.

At least, that’s what it felt like to Craig Bond, co-founder and executive producer of The Vintage.

“It was like a lighting strike,” Bond said of his theater’s spring production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “Rabbit Hole.” “When it went up, the show just had that polish, scenically. All of the elements came together so well with that show.”

On Monday, July 18, The Colorado Theatre Guild and a bulk of the state’s ever-growing theater community agreed with Bond’s electric assessment.

The Vintage won four individual clay masks — the local equivalent of a golden statuette — at the CTG’s 11th annual Henry Awards, all of which were tied to the Dayton Street theater’s take on “Rabbit Hole.”

After receiving nine Henry nominations last month, the Vintage took home top honors in the categories of “Outstanding Production of a Play,” “Outstanding Ensemble Performance,” “Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play” and “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play.” All of the awards correlated to the staging of “Rabbit Hole.” Actor Marc Stith claimed victory for his take on forlorn father Howie, and actress Maggy Stacy won for her role as Izzy, the zany sister of the protagonist.

Director Bernie Cardell and actress Deborah Persoff were each nominated but did not win for their roles in the production.

Persoff, however, did claim a “Lifetime Achievement” award Monday evening, one of three special recognitions given by CTG. On top of continuing to act in local productions, Persoff has served as president of The Vintage’s board of directors for the past three years, according to Bond.

This marks the second consecutive year the Vintage has taken home the highest honor in the “Outstanding Production of a Play” category. Last year, The Vintage took home the Henry in that category for its spring production of “‘Night, Mother” by playwright Marsha Norman.

“To win ‘Outstanding Production of a Play’ two years in a row is really amazing,” Bond said. “We just want to keep that bar raised.”

He added that the Vintage team still has its eyes set on the highly coveted award for “Outstanding Season for a Theatre Company,” which this year went to Theatre Aspen.

“We’re still striving for that season award to be recognized as one of the best theater companies in Colorado,” Bond said. “But right now, I’m just so proud of the company.”

Other Aurora-based companies and productions nominated for 2015-16 Henry Awards included The Aurora Fox Arts Center’s 2015 production of “Jekyll and Hyde,” The Fox’s 2015 take on “Little Women,” and this spring’s production of “Catch Me If You Can” at the Fox. Ignite Theatre also nabbed a nomination for Reace Daniel’s choreography in the spring run of “The Wild Party” at The Aurora Fox.

More than 45 Colorado theater aficionados played a hand in judging 196 of 219 eligible shows for the 2015-2016 Henry Awards, which are named in honor of longtime Denver theater producer Henry Lowenstein.