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Shaw Festival production and Ensemble members in the run for 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Media Release #14

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 6, 2012 . . . Accolades from the Toronto theatre scene reached across Lake Ontario with the announcement of the 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations. The Shaw Festival learned yesterday the 2011 production of Topdog/Underdog, presented in association with Obsidian Theatre Company, received four nominations.

The critical and audience favourite Topdog/Underdog received nominations for Outstanding Production, Outstanding Direction of a Play or Musical (Philip Akin) and two nominations in the Outstanding Performance by a Male in a Principal Role category (Kevin Hanchard and Nigel Shawn Williams). The Shaw Festival extends its congratulations to these “Topdogs”.

The Shaw also extends its best wishes to all the nominees, especially current Ensemble members Nicole Underhay, Jim Mezon, Judith Bowden, Bonnie Beecher, Alan Brodie and John Gzowski.

The upcoming Shaw Festival production of His Girl Friday features four Dora nominees: Jim Mezon directs Nicole Underhay and Kevin Hanchard, with music composition and sound design by John Gzowski. Jim Mezon will also be seen in the Martha Henry-directed production of Hedda Gabler.

The 33rd annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards ceremony will be hosted by Thom Allison, currently garnering rave reviews as Coalhouse Walker Jr. in the Shaw Festival’s production of Ragtime, on Monday, June 25, 2012 at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts in the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto.

The Shaw Festival’s season began April 10, runs until October 28 and proudly features 11 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on our season, performance schedule and ticket information, please visit www.shawfest.com.

The 2011 Shaw Festival production of Topdog/Underdog was proudly sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

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In the spirit of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival provokes the mind and stirs the soul through a theatre experience so compelling that, year after year, ever-broadening groups of artists, audiences and supporters are drawn to our work in Niagara-on-the-Lake and beyond.

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Our digital image bank features 300 dpi photographs of the 2012 season handbook photo illustrations, members of the Ensemble, photographs of our theatres, Bernard Shaw and the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. To access our image bank, please contact:

Odette Yazbeck 
Public Relations Director 
905-468-2153 or 1-800-657-1106 ext. 2222
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Jenniffer Anand
Public Relations Coordinator
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