ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s defense minister says a joint Turkish-Russian observation center to monitor a cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh will become operational on Saturday. Hulusi Akar said in a statement on Friday that a Turkish general and 38 personnel, would be on duty at the center which aims to monitor possible violations of the truce. He did not provide further information. Turkey and Russia agreed to form an observation center shortly after the cease-fire agreement, reached in November, ended six weeks of intense fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Russia, which brokered the cease-fire, has separately deployed nearly 2,000 peacekeepers for at least five years to monitor the agreement.
SPECIAL AWARDS Lifetime Achievement Award Robyn Goodman Outstanding Director Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Lear deBessonet, Good Person of Szechwan Sam Gold, Fun Home Alex Timbers, Here Lies Love Moritz von Stuelpnagel, Hand to God Outstanding Play Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon Domesticated by Bruce Norris The Night Alive by Conor McPherson The Open House by Will Eno Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Carson Elrod, The Explorers Club Philip Ettinger, Bad Jews Russell G. Jones, The Call Jeremy Shamos, Dinner With Friends Fred Weller, Reasons to Be Happy Nominations have been announced for the 29th annual Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the best in off-Broadway theater. Here Lies Love and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 have garnered the most nods with 11 each, while Good Person of Szechwan is the most nominated play with five nominations. Playwright Richard Nelson will be inducted onto the Playwrights’ Sidewalk. As previously announced, real-life husband and wife actors and comedians Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman are set to host the awards ceremony, which will take place on May 4 at NYU Skirball Center in New York. Outstanding Lighting Design Daniel Ionazzi, The Jacksonian Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Ben Stanton, Fun Home Justin Townsend, Here Lies Love Japhy Weideman, What’s It All About Outstanding Choreographer Martha Clarke, Chéri Marguerite Derricks, Heathers: The Musical Danny Mefford, Fun Home Annie-B Parson, Here Lies Love Sonya Tayeh, Kung Fu Playwrights’ Sidewalk Inductee Richard Nelson Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play Hannah Bos, The Open House Lynn Cohen, I Remember Mama Lisa Kron, Good Person of Szechwan Molly Ranson, Bad Jews Sarah Stiles, Hand to God Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical Sydney Lucas, Fun Home Ruthie Ann Miles, Here Lies Love Alexandra Socha, Fun Home Phillipa Soo, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Barrett Wilbert Weed, Heathers: The Musical Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Jeff Blumenkrantz, Murder For Two Michael Cerveris, Fun Home Jose Llana, Here Lies Love Kyle Riabko, What’s It All About Conrad Ricamora, Here Lies Love Outstanding Scenic Design Miriam Buether, Love and Information David Korins, Here Lies Love Mimi Lien, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Clint Ramos, Appropriate Matt Saunders, Good Person of Szechwan Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play Steven Boyer, Hand to God Jon DeVries, Regular Singing Peter Friedman, The Open House Taylor Mac, Good Person of Szechwan Armando Riesco, The Happiest Song Plays Last Outstanding Musical Fun Home, music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, based on the Alison Bechdel book Here Lies Love, concept and lyrics by David Byrne, music by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, additional music by Tom Ganey and J Pardo Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy What’s It All About, music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David and others, conceived by Kyle Riabko and David Lane Seltzer Outstanding Revival Good Person of Szechwan Hand to God London Wall The Model Apartment The Weir Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical Heath Calvert, Nobody Loves You Nick Choksi, Bunty Berman Presents… Blake DeLong, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Noah Hinsdale, Fun Home Lucas Steele, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Outstanding Costume Design Gabriel Berry and Andrea Hood, Love and Information Clint Ramos, Here Lies Love Anita Yavich, The Explorers Club Paloma Young, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Catherine Zuber, Far From Heaven Outstanding Solo Show Buyer & Cellar by Jonathan Tolins, performed by Michael Urie How I Learned What I Learned by August Wilson, co-conceived with Todd Kreidler, in collaboration with Ruben-Santiago Hudson, performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout, performed by John Douglas Thompson Outstanding Sound Design M.L. Dogg and Cody Spencer, Here Lies Love Clive Goodwin, What’s It All About Matt Hubbs, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Ryan Rumery, The Hatmaker’s Wife Christopher Shutt, Love and Information Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play Tracee Chimo, Bad Jews Diane Davis, The Model Apartment Carolyn McCormick, The Open House Laurie Metcalf, Domesticated Andrus Nichols, Bedlam’s Hamlet and Saint Joan Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical Uzo Aduba, Venice Brittain Ashford, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 Melody Butiu, Here Lies Love Judy Kuhn, Fun Home Shaina Taub, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 View Comments