Best Actor - 2002
Readers' Choice: Troy Schulze, James Black (tie)
In the Alley Theatre's production of August Wilson's Jitney this past winter, Wayne DeHart played the drunk Fielding with the scene-stealing grace of a truly great character actor. Before succumbing to the ravages of drink, Fielding was a fine tailor to such rich and famous jazzmen as Count Basie. But once he reaches Wilson's story, he's reduced to driving a taxi and not doing very well at that. DeHart's heartbreaking performance captured the depth of one ordinary man's fall from relative grace, making us think about the common sadness that has undone so many people's lives.