It was near the end of the night on February 5th at the 36th annual Robby Awards when it happened. The awards recognize achievements in theater for the year just passed and the awards show included celebrity performances of songs by the late Stephen Sondheim. The penultimate award was for “Best Actor in a Drama”. Three of us from Angels in America had been nominated along with acting giants Bryan Cranston, John Rubinstein and Harry Groener. Being included in a list of names alongside those luminaries was an incredible honor and enough for me to live happily the rest of my days.
Angels in America had been nominated for a total of ten awards and, at this late in the evening, we had won none. Not surprising, considering the amount and caliber of talent that we were up against, but I think we had all secretly hoped for at least one win. Thus, at this late hour, it looked like a bust. I think we all were stunned—no one more than I—when Rob Stevens announced the winner of the "Best Actor in a Drama" award and we heard my name. I stumbled to the stage and improvised the best expression of gratitude my reeling brain could compose.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: any
win of this nature is a testament to more than the person whose name ends up on
the trophy or plaque: the entire cast and crew of a production work as a team
to make each element the best it can be, so everyone’s success is inextricably
linked. And this is true even more so in smaller scale productions—every person
adds something to the mix. My performance as Roy Cohn was the result of Tony
Kushner’s script, Mikey Mulhearn's direction, the support of my brilliant cast
whose talent inspired and propelled my own; every person involved shares in
whatever success any one us may achieve. And this award is no different; it truly
is for everyone who made this production of Angels in America the unique
theatrical experience that it was.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to have played this character. To have been a part of this monumental piece of theater. And, yes, to have been recognized for it.
“You'll find, my friend, that what you love will take you places you never dreamed you'd go.”