The Dorrys 2019

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The Dorrys 2019

The Dorrys

It’s time for the Dorrys, the annual celebration of achievement in performing, visual, and literary arts.

CLICK HERE to see the full list of winners.


Winners were announced online on November 12, and a reception with winners will take place in January 2020.


Some awards are just a popularity contest. Some awards are decided by an opaque entity that no one understands. The Dorrys are both! Or neither? Reader votes will be tallied — after duplicate entries are discarded, that is — and account for 50% of the total score. Small juries of local experts will submit their own (slightly more involved) votes, and those votes combined will comprise 50% of the total score.

Wondering how the Dorrys got their name? Or how Law and Order Party got its name?
When the list was launched in 2015, it had no name for the first six months or so, and emails were all functionally titled “What’s happening this week.” Founder/editor Matthew Lawrence wanted the site to have a name that had something to do with Rhode Island but wasn’t called The Clamcake or anything hokey like that. Having run an organization with a completely unmemorable name for nine years, he wanted the list to be called something that people might actually remember. Finally he chose the name of a fairly obscure 19th century Rhode Island political party that shared its name as a very popular and long-running TV series. This was also around the same time that the “.party” suffix became available for web URLs. Thomas Wilson Dorr was the enemy of the Law and Order Party, and naming the awards after Dorr was a simple way to acknowledge that the site wasn’t particularly interested in the political views of the Law and Order Party. (They were terrible people, frankly.) The name also sounded pretty good. The Y at the end is just because a lot of awards — the Tonys, the Emmys, the Grammys — end with the letter Y.

November 12 2019


Date: November 12, 2019
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