Announcing the Winners of the 2013 Village Voice Obie Awards
The 58th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony tonight at Webster Hall. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos. The awards were presented by Bobby Cannavale, Tracee Chimo, Cyndi Lauper, Judith Light, Krysta Rodriguez, Duncan Sheik, Meryl Streep and Courtney B. Vance.
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A medley from the highly acclaimed new Off-Broadway musical, Here Lies Love, was performed by the cast. The Brazilian jazz-pop group Banda Magda also performed.
The Obies were judged by a committee that included Chairman Michael Feingold, Alexis Soloski as secretary, and the following guest judges: Obie Award-winning playwright Erin Courtney; director-performer Mia Katigbak, Co-Founder of NAATCO; critic and Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar; and Obie Award-winning director Leigh Silverman.
Meryl Streep presented 2013 Obie Awards for Lifetime Achievement to Lois Smith and Frances Sternhagen.
In a tie vote, the judges accorded the award for Best New American Play to Lisa d'Amour's Detroit (Playwrights Horizons) and Julia Jarcho's Grimly Handsome (Incubator Arts Project), with each playwright receiving a $500. cash prize.
A complete list of the award winners follows:
Performance Eisa Davis Sustained Excellence
Brandon J. Dirden The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre)
Shuler Hensley The Whale (Playwrights Horizons)
Matthew Maher Sustained Excellence
Paul Thureen Blood Play (The Debate Society/Bushwick Starr)
Playwriting Ayad Akhtar Disgraced (LCT3)
Annie Baker The Flick (Playwrights Horizons)
Direction Lear deBessonet The Good Person Of Szechuan (Foundry Theatre/La MaMa)
John Rando All In The Timing (Primary Stages)
Ruben Santiago-Hudson The Piano Lesson (Signature Theatre)
Eric Ting We Are Proud To Present A Presentation... (Soho Rep)
Design Laura Jellinek Sustained excellence of Set Design
Clint Ramos Sustained excellence of Costume Design
Special Citations David Levine and Marsha Ginsberg HABIT (Crossing the Line Festival/FIAF & PS122)
Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova)
Nature Theater of Oklahoma Life and Times: Episodes 1-4 (Public Theater/SoRep)
Music/Lyrics David Byrne & Fatboy Slim Here Lies Love (Public Theater)
The Ross Wetzsteon Award (with check for $1000.) Clubbed Thumb
Grants Fulcrum Theater ($1,000) Half Straddle ($1,000)
Lifetime Achievement Lois Smith Frances Sternhagen
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