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Brad Wins Second Column Award

The 2012 Column Awards Gala was held last night at the Granville Arts Center in Garland, Texas.  Hosted by Executive Director/Producer and Founder John Garcia with guest hostess and Broadway legend Chita Rivera, the event brought together the entire DFW theater community to honor excellence and celebrate the theatrical arts.

Brad Stephens received the trophy for Best Supporting Actor in a Play, Equity for his performance as The Scarlet Pimpernel in Circle Theatre’s production of Seven in One Blow.  This is Stephens’ second Column Award, previously winning Best Supporting Actor in a (non-Equity) Play for his performance as George Deever in ICT MainStage’s 2009 production of All My Sons.

“Unbelievable,” Stephens commented.  “I was amazed simply to be nominated among some exceptional talent; but to be honored with this award is beyond my expectations.”

The Column Awards honors excellence in theater throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth theater community, both in Equity and Non-Equity theater companies.  This marks their 13th year uniting and celebrating the accomplishments of all artists who bring to life the art of theater.

Nominations are made by the over 22,000 readers who subscribe to The Column.  Practically everyone and anyone who is involved in DFW theater is a subscriber as well as those who love to attend and support this beautiful art.  Thus, those nominated have been chosen not only by the very peers with whom they work but also the very audiences for whom they perform.

The Column Awards is also a major fundraiser gala for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a charity they have supported since year one.  They have raised & donated close to $70,000.00 to BC/EFA to date. The Column Awards is the only awards organization in the entire United States that donates all money raised (after expenses) from ticket sales of the gala to BC/EFA.  The Column Awards has been very honored to have been acknowledged by the national media, BC/EFA, Actor’s Equity Association, and the Broadway community for their fundraising efforts.

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PROOF Opens at MCT

Proof, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play by David Auburn, opens this weekend at the Mesquite Arts Center, running through June 25, 2011.

Directed by Doug Luke, the Mesquite Community Theatre production boasts a wonderful cast including Jeni Rall (Catherine), Cory Wornell (Claire), Gary Anderson (Robert) and Brad Stephens (Hal).  This is the third production Stephens has mounted at MCT, previously performing as Chris Keller in All My Sons (2008) and directing To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (2009).

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

PERFORMANCES:

  • Friday June 10 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday June 11 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday June 12- 2:30 PM ($12.00)
  • Friday June 17 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday June 18 – 8:00 PM
  • Sunday June 19 – 2:30 PM ($12.00)
  • Thursday June 23 – 8:00 PM ($12.00)
  • Friday June 24 – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday June 25 – 8:00 PM

BOX OFFICE OPENS ONE HOUR BEFORE SHOW TIME
(House opens thirty minutes before show time.)

**********ADMISSION**********

  • $15.00-Adults
  • $12.00- Students, Seniors Over 55 and S.T.A.G.E. Members (with ID card)*
  • $8.00- Children 2-6 years old

Adult admission for Thursday evening and Sunday matinee performances are $12.00.

CASH OR CHECK ONLY NO CARDS! You may purchase your tickets using your CREDIT CARD by visiting http://www.mctweb.org/ and clicking the “Tickets On-Line” tab.

Though not required, RESERVATIONS are recommended to assure your seat for this performance. For Reservations call (972) 216-8126 or E-mail: Reservations@mctweb.org

Be sure to include your FULL NAME, PHONE NUMBER and the number of $15.00, $12.00 and $8.00 tickets you wish to reserve and the PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME

Cut off time for reservations for evening performances is 5:00 PM on the date of the performance and 12:30 PM for Sunday matinee performances on the date of the performance.

Reservations will be honored until 15 minutes before show-time. After that time, the reserved seats will be offered to our walk-in patrons.

NO ONE WILL BE SEATED AFTER THE PERFORMANCE BEGINS.

*Society for Theatrical Artists’ Guidance & Enhancement

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An Elegant PROOF

Brad Stephens has accepted an offer to play the role of “Hal” in the upcoming production of Proof at Mesquite Community Theatre.

Written by David Auburn and directed by Doug Luke, the 2001 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play runs June 10–25, 2011 at the Mesquite Arts Center.  This will be the third production Brad has mounted at MCT, previously performing as Chris Keller in All My Sons (2008) and directing To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday (2009).

On the eve of her twenty-fifth birthday, Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician.  Now, following his death, she must deal with her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, a former student of her father’s who hopes to find valuable work in the 103 notebooks that her father left behind.  Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: How much of her father’s madness – or genius – will she inherit?

For tickets and information, visit the Mesquite Community Theatre website.

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Brad Wins Column Award!

I really believed it an anomaly I was even nominated. After all, for a role in which I spent only twenty consecutive minutes onstage in the middle of a three-act play last June, I was amazed anyone had even remembered me, much less considered me for a Column Award. So when my fellow Brigadoon cast-mate Stan Graner announced that I had won Best Supporting Actor in a Play (non-equity), I was truly stunned.

We packed the Carpenter Theater at the Irving Arts Center last night.  Most of the Dallas/Fort Worth theater community had come to enjoy the 11th Annual Column Awards honoring excellence in theater throughout the metroplex. The place was oozing talent.  Broadway leading man Ron Bohmer co-hosted the event; reunited casts performed musical numbers of outstanding quality from nominated productions; and the presenters kept the event moving at a brisk pace while performing improvised comedy bits that put the audience in stitches. To share a nomination with anyone in this crowd – indeed, just to be invited as a presenter – was more of an honor than I had imagined.

But to win – to become, in an instant, a Column Award-winning actor – leaves me speechless and humbled. My thanks to the following:

  • Arthur Miller – for All My Sons, a truly classic drama of the American theater.
  • John Garcia and everyone at The Column – your organization is a blessing of immeasurable value to all of us. No words of gratitude could ever come close to expressing how we feel.
  • ICT MainStage
  • Marco Salinas – for casting me as George Deever and guiding me through rehearsal.
  • Tom Ortiz – Column Award-winning Stage Manager for his work in All My Sons.
  • The superb cast of ICT’s All My Sons: Paul Arnold, Lyzz Broskey, Catherine DuBord (the most wonderful fictional sibling a guy could have), Diana Gonzalez (who belts The Beatles’ “Come Together” like nobody’s business), Michael McNiel, Fred Patchen, Drew Smith, Diane Truitt, and Jordan Willis (whose commitment and support of live theater awes me).
  • Terry Martin, Donald Fowler and all my WaterTower Meisner classmates.
  • My ever-supportive mother; Brian and Sandy, my true-life siblings; Nathan and Donovan, my ruggedly adorable nephews; and Dad, whose presence is always felt.
  • Arlette, my beautiful and brilliant wife whose talent vastly overshadows mine.
  • And, most importantly, God, who makes all things possible.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. Thank you for allowing me to be part of this amazing community of talent.

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Presenting at The Column Awards

I am thrilled to announce that I have accepted an invitation to be a presenter at the 11th Annual Column Awards Gala.  Last month I was nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actor in a Play (non-equity) for my portrayal of George Deever in last year’s ICT MainStage production of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons.  This is my first nomination and will be my first time presenting at this prestigious event.

The Column Awards is the only awards organization in the DFW area that honors excellence in theater throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This marks their 11th year. The Column Awards also serves as a major fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.  In fact, they are the only awards organization in the United States that does this. The organization donates all money raised at the gala (after operating costs).

Broadway leading man Ron Bohmer will be coming to Dallas Texas to Co-host and perform at the 2010 Column Theatre Awards Gala on March 8, 2010 in Dallas Texas.  In a career spanning 20 years on Broadway, Ron has been privileged to work and collaborate with artists like Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Robbins, Trevor Nunn, Harold Prince, John Caird, Tim Rice, Betty Comden & Adolf Green, Jerry Mitchell, Juliette Prowse, Maury Yeston, Sarah Brightman, Frank Wildhorn, Francesca Zambello, Gerard Alessandrini, Ruth Mitchell, Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

The Column Awards will be held at the exquisite Carpenter Hall Theater at the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving Texas.  The Gala will be held on Monday, March 8, 2010. Cocktail reception is from 6:00pm-7:00pm, with the awards ceremony starting at 7:00pm. General Admission ticket prices are $25.00. $50.00 includes the VIP catered reception to meet, greet, and take pictures with Mr. Bohmer.

Box Office Hours are from noon-5pm, from Tuesday-Saturday. Call 972-252-ARTS (2787).

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A Column Award Nomination!

Nominations for this year’s Column Awards were announced last night and I was surprised to hear I had received one for Best Supporting Actor in a Play (non-equity).  I was nominated for my performance as George Deever in ICT MainStage’s production of All My Sons last May.

I am humbled to be in the company of so much fine talent.  Thank you to Marco Salinas for his informed direction and the incredible cast with whom I was privileged to work.

The Column Awards annually honors excellence in theatre productions throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Additionally, The Column Awards strives to raise funds for the fight against AIDS by primarily contributing to Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS. Finally, The Column Awards is dedicated to developing a love of theatre in our local youth.

Winners will be announced at the 11th Annual Column Awards Gala to be held March 8, 2010 at the Irving Arts Center.  Click here for a complete list of nominees.

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ALL MY SONS Opens Friday

Beginning this Friday, May 29, 2009, ICT MainStage will present a classic of American drama, All My Sons.

Jordan Willis, Brad Stephens and Catherine DuBord

Jordan Willis, Brad Stephens and Catherine DuBord

Brad Stephens has been cast as George Deever in the upcoming production directed by Marco Salinas. No stranger to the play, Brad performed the role of Chris Keller last year at Mesquite Community Theatre. That highly acclaimed production earned him the 2008 MCT People’s Choice award for best actor.

The Arthur Miller play will run through Saturday, June 13, 2009.  All performances will be held at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center located at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062. Tickets may be purchased by visiting irvingtheatre.org or by calling 972-252-2787.

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Brad Accepts Role at ICT MainStage

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Brad Stephens has been cast as George Deever in the upcoming ICT MainStage production of All My Sons, directed by Marco Salinas.  The Arthur Miller play is often regarded as one of the great dramatic classics of the American stage.  This will mark Brad’s return to performing after a four-month hiatus spent directing To Gillian On Her 37th Birthday, currently playing to enthusiastic crowds in Mesquite.

No stranger to the play, Brad performed the role of Chris Keller last year at Mesquite Community Theatre.  That highly acclaimed production earned him the 2008 MCT People’s Choice award for best actor.  Brad is eager to revisit the material, anticipating many new discoveries and fresh perspectives as he tackles the role of George.

All My Sons will open Friday, May 29 and run through Saturday, June 13, 2009.  All performances will be held at the Dupree Theater in the Irving Arts Center located at 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving, TX 75062.  Tickets may be purchased by visiting irvingtheatre.org or by calling 972-252-2787.

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Brad Wins MCT Award

My good friend, Lois Sheeler, at Mesquite Community Theatre informs me that I have recieved MCT’s 2008 People’s Choice Award for my performance as Chris Keller in All My Sons.  My thanks to all who attended and chose to single me out from all the performers in MCT’s 2008 season.  I am surprised and humbled and extend my gratitude for your recognition.

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