At the 41st Annual Jeff Equity Awards
ceremony, held Oct. 19 at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Ill., TimeLine Theatre’s production of The History Boys
took top honors in the midsize theatre Play category and walked off with five statues, the most of any production honored at the Jeff awards ceremony.
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North Central’s own Will Allan, a 2009 graduate and performance theatre major, played the part of Scripps, his first role with TimeLine Theatre. While a student, Allan performed in the College productions The Laramie Project
, She Loves Me
, Twelfth Night
and West Side Story
, among others.
The recipient of more than 30 major awards, including Tony and Olivier awards for Best New Play, The History Boys
follows a rambunctious group of clever young men as they pursue higher learning, games, sexual identity and a place at university under the guidance of three wildly different teachers and a headmaster obsessed with results. Set during the 1980s in northern England, it's a hilarious and provocative play about the anarchy of adolescence and the purpose of education—specifically, how history should be taught. The final performance of The History Boys
was Oct. 18.