Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Congratulations to Gary Alan Wright!

The Foothill Theatre Company is thrilled to announce that resident artist and playwright, Gary Alan Wright has won the 2008 Dr. Leland and Sally Lewis Performing Arts Award. Award nominees undergo a stringent scrutiny by members of the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors before the vote is taken to determine the winner. This award represents a lifetime achievement award for excellence in the performing arts.

Gary Wright first appeared with the Foothill Theatre Company in 1993, and has been a fixture at FTC since the summer of 1994. His other professional acting credits include stints at the Sacramento Theatre Company, B Street Theatre, Fantasy Theatre, Garbeau’s Dinner Theatre, the Colorado and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals, the Maxim Gorky Drama Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia.

In recent years Wright has focused his artistic attention on writing as well as acting. For FTC he has adapted two novels, The Diary of a Forty-Niner and Dracula. Last year he wrote the successful Evermore, a new play about Edgar Allan Poe’s disastrous feud with his ex-editor, Dr. Rufus W. Griswold. In recent years, he has branched out into screenwriting, and is represented by Cinematic Instinct, a literary management firm in Los Angeles.

As an actor, Wright is currently playing the eponymous prince in FTC’s hit production of Hamlet, which closes November 23. “One of the things I loved about this place from the beginning,” says Wright, “is the sense of community – when I started at FTC, I had a feeling of belonging here almost immediately. I’ve been coveting this award for about ten years now, and I’m very grateful to receive it now – it’s like I’m finally being acknowledged as local talent, rather than a ringer from out of town. It feels good.”

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