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Guy Zimmerman's 2006 Is Your Guide to 2007

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When we asked Guy Zimmerman, Artistic Director of Padua Playwrights, to make a Best of 2006 list, we found that it was a great way for Angelenos to see Los Angeles in 2007. From the shows to the venues he mentions, these are things to add to your "need to check out" list for 2007. He even gives kudos to a play that can be still seen -- The 99c Only Show -- three times

Best New Book: Sissy Boyd, In the Plain Turn of the Body published by Les Figues Press.

Best Female Performance: Shannon Holt in David Greenspan’s She Stoops to Comedy at EvidenceRoom.

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Best Male Performance: Lee Kissman in Out of the Blue by Murray Mednick at the Lost Studio.

Best Rock and Roll Performance: Don Preston and The Grandmothers at REDCAT.

Best Dinner Music: David Phillipson playing classical ragas on Bansuri at Mezbaan in Pasadena on Friday nights (check listings).

Best Set Designer: Jeffrey Atherton for Out of the Blue at the Lost Studio.

Best Short Play: Fully Formed Human Head by Wesley Walker at Mountain Bar.

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Best Costume Designer: Ann Closs-Farley, 99 Cents Show at Bootleg.

Best Choreography: Winter by Ken Roht, 99 Cents Show at Bootleg.

Best Original Score: Winter by O-Lan Jones, 99 Cents Show at Bootleg.

Guy Zimmerman of Los Angeles has been Artistic Director of Padua Playwrights since 2000, overseeing award-winning productions of new plays in Los Angeles and New York by numerous contemporary playwrights, including Murray Mednick, John Steppling and John O'Keefe. Under his direction, the company's productions have garnered LA Weekly, Garland, LA Drama Critics Circle and American Theatre Critics Association awards. In addition, he has moved two plays to Off-Broadway stages in New York City to critical acclaim.

He recently completed a feature film of Mednick's play Girl on a Bed, starring Christopher Allport, Jack Kehler, Andy Hopper and Niamh McCormally. He has also directed short films based on texts by Paul Bowles, Sissy Boyd and his own plays, The Wasps and Pronghorn. He is Supervising Editor of Padua Press, publishing anthologies of new work that are distributed nationally through TCG. His own plays include Splinter, HeadTrader, La Clarita, The Inside Job, Vagrant and Pink.

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Photo taken at The Farm at the Bedlam Lofts. Padua Playwrights hosted the event.