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Jefferson Mays

For his role as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf in Broadway's I Am My Own Wife, Jefferson Mays won a 2004 Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, a Lucille Lortel Award, was an Outer Critics' Circle & Theatre World Winner and was honored by the Drama League. His other New York theatre credits include the role of 'Coulmier' in Quills, the role of 'Jeremiah Grady' in Lydie Breeze, and 'Diana' in Culture of Desire, all at the NY Theatre Workshop; the role of 'Mookie' in Moe's Lucky Seven at Playwrights Horizons; the role of 'Orestes' in the En Garde Arts production Orestes, for which he won an Obie Award in 1994; and the role of 'Sergei' in Bella, Belle of Byelorussia at the WPA.

Mays' regional theatre credits are extensive. Mays has worked frequently at Baltimore Center Stage, where he has played the roles of 'Peter Pan' in Peter Pan, 'Lumpkin' in She Stoops to Conquer, 'Kipps' in The Woman in Black, 'Bersyenev' in The Lover, 'Aubrey' in The Show-Off, 'Harlequin' in Triumph of Love, and 'Clown' in The Winter's Tale.

Mays also played the role of 'Charlotte von Mahlsdorf' in the La Jolla Playhouse production of I Am My Own Wife, for which he won a 2001 Patte Award and a Garland Award. He also portrayed four other roles at La Jolla: 'Tartuffe' in Tartuffe, 'Osric' in Fortinbras, 'Richie' in Life During Wartime, and 'Jack' in The Importance of Being Earnest, for which he received a Dramalogue Award.

Other regional credits include 'Guildenstern' in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Williamstown Theatre Festival); 'Yasha' in The Cherry Orchard and 'Algernon' in The Importance of Being Earnest (McCarter Theatre); 'Gunner' in Misalliance (Long Wharf); 'Elyot' in Private Lives and 'Jean' in Miss Julie (Actors Theatre of Louisville); and 'Lance Weatherwax' in The Beauty Part (Yale Repertory Theatre).

Mays' feature film and television credits include 'Dr. Kulp' in the upcoming ALFIE; 'George Stidmann' in COUSIN BETTE; 'Little John' in THE BALLAD OF BETTIE PAGE; 'Stephen' in THE LOW LIFE; 'Jerry Woolridge in SOME FOLKS CALL IT SLING BLADE; 'Martin Bradley' in GHOST BRIGADE; 'Ben Franklin' in PBS' Middlemarch; and 'Garne Strickland' in Showtime's The Big Brass Ring.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

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