I have often written in this space about how lucky we are in Boston to boast such a vibrant live theater scene. Last evening, the Boston area theater community gathered for the annual Elliot Norton Awards, hosted by the remarkable Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association.
It was a wonderful evening of celebration and remembrance. Olympia Dukakis was honored for a lifetime of contribution to the world of theater. Her cousin, former Governor Michael Dukakis was eloquent in introducing her. I had an opportunity before the start of the program to speak with both Governor Dukakis and with Olympia. They were both gracious, as you might expect. The Governor and I had spoken in the past about issues of rail travel (an area of passion for him and for me) We both bemoaned the fact that high speed rail travel is not what it should be in the U.S., especially compared to the wonderful service available in Europe and Asia.
I would like to offer my personal congratulations to all of the winners, nominees and the scores of people responsible for making last evening such a wonderful celebration of the Boston theater world.
Elliot Norton Award Winners 2014
See below for a list of Norton Award Recipients from last evening: