For Rich Cotovsky, a special Jeff

Richard Cotovsky in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.'s 2012 production of "Superior Donuts."

Richard Cotovsky in Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co.'s 2012 production of "Superior Donuts." (May 7, 2013)

Rich Cotovsky, the veteran artistic director of the Mary-Arrchie Theatre Company on Chicago's North Side, is to receive a special Joseph Jefferson Award at the upcoming award ceremony, the volunteer organization announced Tuesday.

Cotovsky, a pharmacist by training whose off-Loop endeavors stretch back four decades, has directed, acted and produced at Mary-Arrchie and is a colorful character well loved in off-Loop circles. 

Although Cotovsky, 59, is to be honored, Mary-Arrchie's hit production of "The Glass Menagerie," the most critically acclaimed show in that theater's history, was passed over by the Jeffs in the major categories.

The 40th annual Non-Equity Jeff Awards ceremony will be June 3, 2013, at the Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave.; tickets and more info at jeffawards.org
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