Wes Studi holds a unique distinction among the recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. He's the only honoree to have appeared in a production nominated for the TATE Awards. That was in 2010, when Studi took time out from his work in films and television to play a role in "Buffalo Gallery," an original play by Julie Little Thunder presented by Thunder Road Theatre Company.
If you've ever been cast in a musical, then you are well aware of a backstage phenomenon that no one in the audience has any idea about: actors, as a coping mechanism against the occasional boredom and/or punch-drunkery that comes from hours and hours of rehearsal, sing their own versions of the songs being sung out on the stage. They're usually really, really dirty, incredibly tasteless and wrong, and any line that ends with the word "luck," well, you know what the rhyme will be.
It's one of the most fun things about doing musical theater.
It's not every day that Hamlet must face down a family of zombies, or a corrupt president of the United States finds himself challenged by a pair of Dust Bowl-era drifters. But that is the case with the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, which will be awarded at a ceremony Sunday. Sunday's event will also include the presentation of the Distinguished Artist Award to actor Wes Studi and the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award to American Theatre Company artistic director Kitty Roberts.
Kitty Roberts, who has guided Tulsa's American Theatre Company since its inception, has been named the recipient of the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence.
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Wes Studi, whose career has included memorable performances in the films "Last of the Mohicans," "Avatar" and "Germonino," will be the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award at the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. Studi will be honored during the awards ceremony, to be held June 23 at the Cascia Hall PAC, 2525 S. Yorktown Ave. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with Studi. The awards presentation will follow.