Philly guys Aaron Posner, Michael Hollinger and Thom Weaver were nominated for Helen Hayes Awards - the Washington, D.C. equivalent of the Barrymores - for their work on "Cyrano." Posner and Hollinger are up for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical, Posner is up for Outstanding Director and Weaver is up for Outstanding Lighting Design.
Hollinger and Posner translated Edmond Rostand's classic play, "Cyrano de Bergerac," about an upper class soldier serving in the French army who, in addition to being a great poet and musician, has an extremely large nose. This large schnoz prevents Cyrano from proclaiming his love to the object of his affection, Roxane.
Don't worry, Posner, Hollinger and Weaver have not forsaken us. They'll bring their version of "Cyrano" to the Arden Theatre beginning March 8, opening on March 14 and running through April 15.
Posner has adapted nine different works at the Arden, while Hollinger has premiered seven of his plays at the Old City theater. It's a big week for Hollinger. He will also debut his new play, "Hope and Gravity," during the play-reading festival PTC@Play at the Philadelphia Theatre Company.