Griffin Theater Company, 3711 N. Ravenswood Ave., led the neighborhood pack with an impressive 11 nominations split between two productions: six for Punk Rock, a British play about issues of contemporary high school students; and five for Spring Awakening, a musical about teenage repression in 19th Century Germany. The awards are sure to assist The Griffin’s fundraising efforts to build a new theater in an abandoned Chicago Police station at 1941 W. Foster Ave.
The House Theater of Chicago, headquartered at 4611 N. Ravenswood Ave., received four nominations for Cyrano, an adaptation of the classic Cyrano de Bergerac. The Eclipse Theater, based at 4001 N. Ravenswood and performing at the Athenaeum Theater on Southport, focuses on a single playwright’s works each season. The Jeff nominations recognized Naomi Wallace’s One Flea Spare and The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek.
Non-equity awards go to theater companies not working under union contracts, most of which are smaller companies. Equity nominations and awards are presented separately. This year’s Jeff Non-Equity Awards will be announced June 4 at Park West.