The tent-pole theater companies in South Florida took home a majority of the Carbonell Awards for excellence Monday night with one major exception – although several up-and-coming troupes had been nominated in an unusually competitive year.
That exception was the acclaimed play about gay marriage, Daniel’s Husband, produced by Island City Stage, a small but growing company committed to LGBT-themed works, a company that had a similar triumph two years ago with The Timekeepers. Daniel’s Husband won best production of a play for the theater and best new play for playwright Michael McKeever.
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McKeever, who won the best new play award last year for Clark Gable Slept Here at Zoetic Stage, said, “This is really important to me….The play is about a gay couple, but it’s really about all of us.” He recently became engaged to his partner, Stuart Meltzer, and thanked him for “letting us put so much of our lives on stage.”
Antonio Amadeo took the best actor award for his portrayal of the partner in Daniel’s Husband who sees marriage as unnecessary until tragedy strikes in McKeever’s play. He honored McKeever for writing such a play at a crucial time in the country’s dealings with LGBT citizens. “I hope that I did justice to it and thank him that he trusted me to it.”