April 24, 2012 at 11:31 am EDT | by Patrick Folliard
Hayes’ gays

Michael Bobbitt accepting his award Monday night. (Photo courtesy theatreWashington)

Monday night’s 28th annual Helen Hayes Awards had many winners, but the evening’s first was playwright Marc Acito.

He won the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical for his “Birds of a Feather,” a comedy about a pair of gay penguins living together in New York’s Central Park. Acito, who is gay, thanked his own longtime partner who couldn’t make the event.

Next up, Michael Baron (also gay) won Outstanding Director Resident Musical for his work on “A Year with Frog and Toad” at Adventure Theatre. He thanked his partner whom he’d left at home in Oklahoma.

The absentee boyfriend trend soon ended. When topnotch musical director Jon Kalbfleisch was singled out of Outstanding Musical Direction in a Resident Musical, he happily thanked his date who was seated close to the stage.

Presented by theatreWashington, the Helen Hayes Awards was co-hosted by notable local actors Holly Twyford and Felicia Curry. (In recent years, there had been pairs of presenters but no designated emcee per se. The return to hosts is a fun correction). Twyford, who is gay, and Curry underwent a half-dozen glamorous costume changes and traded insider references and gossipy tidbits. It’s exactly what the raucous audience seemed to want. After all, the Helen Hayes Awards is primarily a celebration of all that is local theater.

Every April, the awards are handed out to reward excellence in Washington-area professional theater. During the 2011 season, 53 theatres produced 192 productions that met eligibility requirements in the Jan.-Dec. judging cycle. From these shows, 153 artists, productions and ensembles from 26 theatres were nominated for awards and from these nominees, a large pool of judges carefully selected the evening’s winners.

Longtime Helen Hayes (and now theatreWashington) honcho Victor Shargai presented the prestigious Helen Hayes Tribute (sponsored and awarded by philanthropist Jaylee Mead) to Kevin Spacey, in honor of the famous actor’s enduring career and advocacy for arts funding.  A two-time Oscar winner (“American Beauty” and “The Usual Suspects.”), Spacey, who is rumored to be gay but opts not to publicly discuss his orientation, is also a man of the theater: He won a Tony for the in “Lost in Yonkers” in 1991 and most recently toured the world in a Sam Mendes’ production of “Richard III.” He has worked as a director, screenwriter, producer and singer and is artistic director at the Old Vic in London.

Spacey’s acceptance speech was the highlight of the night. In about 10 minutes or so, he dropped several F bombs, did a couple of spot-on impersonations, waxed nostalgic, advised on the importance of giving back and ultimately inspired a house full of theater folks to live their dreams.

The tribute included a short film on Spacey’s career, and — much to the audience’s surprise and delight — a warm videotaped message from Spacey friend and fan, President Bill Clinton. Past honorees include Derek Jacobi, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim, and the award’s namesake, Helen Hayes.

Other deserving winners included delightful newcomer Matthew Delorenzo. He was awarded Outstanding Supporting Actor Resident Musical for his portrayal of Warhol superstar Candy Darling in Studio Theatre 2ndStage’s “Pop!” Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre’s gay artistic director accepted the prize for Outstanding Production Theatre for Young Audiences on behalf of his company’s charming production of “Charlotte’s Web,” staged by talented gay director Serge Seiden. The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theater Company (named in memory of Victor Shargai’s theater-loving, late partner) to Faction of Fools, a performance group rooted in the Italian Commedia dell’Arte style currently in residence at Gallaudet University.

With nearly 80 professional theatre companies, Greater Washington is second only to New York for the number of productions produced each year. Appropriately, the night ended with co-hosts Twyford and Curry melodically encouraging everyone to see more theater: “Who needs the real housewives?” they sang. “Medea’s the original one. Go see a show!”

Visit theatrewashington.org for a complete list of winners.


1 Comment
  • Gays cant give BLOOD because they are nasty People.

    Animals INjEST and Eat and Lick their OWN Feces jUST like GAYS.

    Gays live a Shorter lifespan [ That of an Animal ] in Comparison to Normal People..

    Gays are the Ones Spreading the Aids Virus around the Plantet in A Great Amount..


    Catholic Priests also are spreading the Aids Virus and have a Higher Rate of infection within the Priesthood.

    Catholic Priests also have their Death Records Sealed and Altered and changed to hide that they have Aids.

    This keeps the Catholic Church Gods Holy Church in the Eyes of the Millions of Catholics worldwide. while the Catholic church Spreads the Aids Virus to all mankind.

    The Catholic Church has also Convinced millions of Africans and others as well that Condoms AUCTUALLY Cause AIDS Contraction.
    These people are so Evil.

    priests are dying AND SPREADING AIDS at a rate at least four times that of the general U.S. population.

    priests responded to The Star’s survey on AIDS and the priesthood — a response rate of 27 percent. Nearly 60 percent said they personally knew at least one priest who had died of AIDS. And one in three
    said they knew priests who were living with HIV or AIDS.

    When priests do tell their superiors, the cases generally are handled quietly, either at the priests’ requests or because church officials are reluctant to discuss and just iggy-ing the facts Thousands UPON

    Thousands of Roman Cat holic priests across the United States have died of AIDS-related illnesses

    Several years before the AIDS epidemic, many gay Catholic
    men became infected by anal parasites. through sexual TRANSMISSION , to infect as many as 60
    percent of gay Catholic men.

    Some experts believe that the continuing epidemic of anal parasites among gay Catholic men has
    been a cofactor for AIDS … and a major conTributor to its spread.

    Most priests with AIDS contracted the disease through same-sex relations.

    One perverted priest had infected eight other priests.

    see The real problem ….is HIV/AIDS . because of the basic dishonesty of the church with regard to all reality ,”

    Some priests say the church was warned nearly 30 years ago that such problems could develop but …. failed to take steps to prevent them.

    As many as ALMOST – 50% of the Catholic priesthood is now homosexual.

    Doctors and scientists still differ in their interpretation of the available information about anal parasites and AIDS, But …scientists know for sure that anal parasites contribute to AIDS


    PARTICLES OF STRAY CORN a sacrament Of the fathers SPECIAL BLESSINGS ? ?

    if the pope permit / AS the mob of scat holics recall !…OOH OOH ! YES HOLY fATHER ..* THE DISCIPLES ATE CORN FROM THE FIELD ON THE SABBATH……this is how catholics Think……….

    Do you want one of these seminaries in your area? You have the right to know whether a child molester resides near you!

    Gay catholic men should get tested regularly for anal parasites, and have them eradicated if they are found, and take steps to avoid transmission to the lay members and altar boys.

    Anal paraites and intestinal damage cause malabsorption and resulting malnutrition, further weakening the body and the immune system.

    fact is /The multiple partners in the gay Catholic preisthood cause different anal parasites to be mixed together • to cause new strains of anal parasitic viruses…

    Symptoms of anal parasites can include loose stools, flatulence (gas), or diarrhea (usually mild), and

    especially malaise — feeling ill, depressed, or tired. Often these problems come and go, catholics iggized idiots don’t recognize them as symptoms.

    It’s very important that sexual partners in the Catholic priesthood .. be diagnosed for anal parasites and treated together, to prevent re-infection.

    The safe-sex guidelines for preventing AIDS will not always stop transmission, of anal
    parasites. In addition to safe sex, gay Catholic priests must also avoid the transmission to younger boys


    Archer, Douglas L. and Walter H. Glinsmann, “Enteric Infection and Other Cofactors in AIDS,” Immunology Today (October 1985).
    Pearce, Richard B., “Intestinal Protozoal Infections and AIDS,” The Lancet (July 2, 1983).
    —–, “Parasites and AIDS: Evidence of a Link,” DAIR Update, Number 1, published by the Documentation of AIDS Issues and Research Foundation.

    Zagury, D., et al., “Long-term Cultures of HTLV-III-infected T- cells: A Model of Cytopathology of T-cell
    Depletion in AIDS,” Science (February 21, 1986).

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