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UW-Eau Claire Alumni
Honored in Chicago
MAILED: Nov. 21, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Two University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire alumni were among the winners of Jeff Awards in Chicago this fall.
Laila Robins, a 1981 graduate, and Gary Griffin, a 1982 graduate, were honored for their work in the theater. Guy Adkins, a veteran of UW-Eau Claire Summer Theatre productions, also was recognized for his work in theater.
The Jeff Awards are given to the year's best theater accomplishments in the Chicago area. The awards, named for actor Joseph Jefferson, have become the best-known awards given in theater in the Chicago region.
Robins won two awards during the Nov. 10 awards presentation. She was honored as Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Touring Production for her work in "Mrs. Klein," and Best Actress in a Principal Role in a Play for her work in "A Streetcar Named Desire."
Griffin won an award as Best Director of a Musical for his work with Steven Sondheim's "Assassins."
For his performance in "Away," Adkins was nominated as Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play.
While at UW-Eau Claire, Robins had roles in productions such as "West Side Story," "Equus," "Gypsy," Man of LaMancha, "and Pirates of Penzance."
Griffin was featured at UW-Eau Claire in productions such as "Othello," "West Side Story" and "Fiddler on the Roof." He also directed numerous student-directed productions at UW-Eau Claire.
Adkins was in UW-Eau Claire Summer Theatre shows such as "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and Wil Denson's "Radio Cavalcade of Hits."
The 40-member Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee presented 53 awards in 33 categories. The Jeff season considered ran Aug. 1, 1996, to July 31, 1997.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 25, 1997