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.
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.
2013 Award Winners
David Levine and Marsha Ginsberg, HABIT
Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Life and Times: Episodes 1-4
Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
Annie Baker, The Flick
Eisa Davis, Sustained Excellence
Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
Shuler Hensley, The Whale
Matthew Maher, Sustained Excellence
Paul Thureen, Blood Play
Music And Lyrics
David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love
The Ross Wetzsteon Award, Clubbed Thumb
Lear deBessonet, The Good Person Of Szechuan
John Rando, All In The Timing
Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Piano Lesson
Eric Ting, We Are Proud To Present A Presentation...
Laura Jellinek, Sustained excellence of Set Design
Clint Ramos, Sustained excellence of Costume Design