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Jul 18, 2022

Red Bank Regional’s Lucas Wilson Honored with Best Actor Basie Award

By Les Pierce

Lucas Wilson (second from left) with fellow cast members (from left) Charley Novara, Emma Weiss and Dylan Pitanza

Lucas Wilson has won the Basie for the Lead Actor in a Drama category for his portrayal of Stanley in Red Bank Regional’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The RBR sophomore was honored at the Basie Awards Ceremony held at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank on May 25.

Wilson prevailed over a slate of six nominees that included fellow cast member Dylan Pitanza, who portrayed Mitch in the production. Other nominees for Lead Actor in a Drama were John Brooks – Collier High School/“The Importance of Being Earnest,” Erich Medrow – Raritan High School/“Noises Off,” Brendan O’Brien – Manalapan High School/“Clue” and Samuel Cusson – Middletown North/“A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

“I think Lucas Wilson is a brilliant incarnation of the best in contemporary acting and exuded an incredible sense of power, instinct and artistry in his portrayal of Stanley Kowalski in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire,’” RBR Theatre Company Director Reuben Jackson said.  “He was a pleasure to work with during this production and brought a great deal of creativity and input to his role. His Basie win is well deserved and speaks to the depth of his craft as a young actor. Lucas has a great career ahead of him.”

For Monmouth County high schools, the “Basie” program is a local version of Broadway’s Tony Awards. This year, 16 dramas and 23 musical performances were evaluated by the Basie Awards nomination committee.