On the East End, Keith Skretch will always be a Southampton native — despite his move cross-country to pursue his dream in the City of Angels.
It has officially paid off. Last month, Skretch received a 2018 Ovation Award for Best Projection Design in a Large Venue — for his work on “Time Alone,” the inaugural production of Belle Rêve Theatre Company — at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
“Time Alone,” by Academy Award-nominated writer Alessandro Camon, traces the parallel paths of two lives broken by violence on opposite sides of the criminal justice system, exploring the deep loneliness that ties them together.
“Skretch’s design featured ghostly images of the actors projected onto the stage alongside them, creating the sensation of a timeline fraying at the seams,” a press release said. “The world premiere production has received multiple awards and was nominated for Ovations in four other categories, including Best Production of a Play.”
Now living in Los Angeles with his fiancée, Skretch attended Our Lady of the Hamptons and the Ross School, continuing his studies at the University of Chicago and California Institute of the Arts. Having designed video projections for live performance and installation, internationally, for over a decade, Skretch has previously received the American Theatre Wing’s Henry Hewes Design Award and a Bessie Award, and he was a finalist for the 2017 Sherwood Award.
The Ovation Awards are the only peer-judged theater awards in Los Angeles, created to recognize excellence in theatrical performance, production and design in the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information, visit lastagealliance.com/ovationawards.