Custom Made Nominated for 15 Critic Circle Awards!

Custom Made Nominated for 15 Critic Circle Awards!

Putting us in the same company as ACT, Berkeley Rep and SF Playhouse as the most nominated companies in town, Custom Made was well loved in the <100 seat category getting 15 nominations, a record for the company!

The awards ceremony will be in early May, but in the meantime congratulations to all the deserving nominees!

Sarah Phykitt- Set Design (Little Brother)

Brian Katz – Director (A Bright Room Called Day)

Miyuki Bierlin Costume Design ( Little Brother)

Daniel Petzoid- Featured Male Actor (Little Brother)

Andrea Schwartz – Lighting Design (A Bright Room Called Day)

Krista Smith Lighting Design (Little Brother)

Maxx Kurzunski Lighting Design ( Merchant of Venice)

Brendan Aanes Sound Design (A Bright Room Called Day)

Chris Houston Sound Design (Little Brother)

Maxx Kurzunski (Video/Puppet Design) Specialties (A Bright Room Called Day)

Pauline Luppert (Video Design) Specialties (Little Brother);

The Play About the Baby (Ensemble)

Linda Ayres-Frederick Principal Female (The Play About The Baby)

Richard Aiello Principal Male-Straight (The Play About The Baby)

Overall Production – The Play About the Baby


A Stuey ™ for The Effect of Gamma Rays!

A Stuey ™ for The Effect of Gamma Rays!

Director Stuart Bousel (M. Butterfly, The Merchant of Venice) has been giving his own year-end awards for two seasons now.  As he rightfully says, all awards go the people you know, so yes he knows everyone, and works for some of them, but his opinion is just as valid as anyone else’s.

We couldn’t agree more, and not just because he named our The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds Best Overall Production.  Here’s from the Facebook article:


“The Affect of Gamma Rays on Man In The Moon Marigolds” (Custom Made Theater Company)

Custom Made seems to have had a great 2011 and it ended with what was, for me, the best over-all show I saw this year. Paul Zindel’s classive about growing up lower middle class in suburbia is still very very poignant and relevant and Katja Rivera’s production brought gold out of her excellent cast. Custom Made has made some excellent staff changes in the last year and so their technical aspects have grown stronger, making for some solid hits in this production, including some musical scoring that some people didn’t care for but I thought worked beautifully to highlight Zindel’s optimism as it runs just below his tawdry surfaces. Michelle Jasso proved she could step outside of the diva roles to play an embittered, pathetic woman whose hateful world view would be repulsive were it not completely understandable, and the decision to have both the teenage girl roles played by actual teenargers was rewarded by having the two best teenage girl actresses I’ve ever seen in the Bay Area knock their respective roles out of the park. AJ Davenport was tragically sympathetic in a silent role. All in all, a good example of everything working together go bring you the best evening possible.

Read about all the other Stuey ™ winners here:

Custom Made’s “M. Butterfly” named one of the best productions of 2011

Custom Made’s “M. Butterfly” named one of the best productions of 2011

Just learned that Richard Connema, member of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, named our production of M. Butterfly  and actor Sean Fenton (Song) as one of the best of 2011.   Thanks, Richard and congratulations to the cast and crew, along with director Stuart Bousel.


Sean Fenton as Song

Read the list of honored productions at:

and actors at: