The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominations for its 38th annual awards for excellence in Los Angeles and Orange County theatre for the year 2006. The awards ceremony will take place on Monday, March 19 at the El Portal Theatre, thanks to the generous donation of the El Portal's management. The theatre is located at 5269 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood. Tickets are $35. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a catered reception (with no-host bar) and silent auction. The show commences at 7:30 p.m.

The design nominations are as follows:

SCENIC DESIGN
Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co.
Tom Buderwitz, Equinox, Odyssey Theatre
Hugh Landwehr, Ridiculous Fraud, South Coast Repertory
Donna Marquet, Nighthawks, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Jeff McLaughlin, Recent Tragic Events, Theatre Tribe

LIGHTING DESIGN
Brian Sidney Bembridge, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co.
Rand Ryan, Nighthawks, Kirk Douglas Theatre
Clifton Taylor, Jay Johnson: The Two & Only!, Richmark Entertainment at the Brentwood Theatre and the Colony Theatre
Robert Wilson, The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets, Ahmanson Theatre

COSTUME DESIGN HAIR, WIGS & MAKEUP
Ann Closs-Farley (costumes), Route 99: Orange Star Dinner Show!, Evidence Room
Thomas G. Marquez (hair, wigs & makeup), Beehive, Valley Musical Theatre at the El Portal Theatre
Maggie Morgan (costumes), Bach at Leipzig, South Coast Repertor

SOUND DESIGN
Robbin E. Broad, The Brothers Karamazov, Circle X Theatre Co.
Jon Gottlieb, iWitness, Mark Taper Forum
David B. Marling, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Fountain Theatre
Robert Oriol, A Picture of Dorian Gray, Theatre @ Boston Court

CGI & VIDEO PROJECTIONS
William Dudley, Hitchcock Blonde, South Coast Repertory
Jan Hartley (projection design) and Alice Brooks (cinematography), iWitness, Mark Taper Forum