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Off-Broadway's Highest Honor

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

  • Special Citations
    • 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
  • Playwriting
    • Ayad Akhtar, Disgraced
    • Annie Baker, The Flick
  • Performance
    • Eisa Davis, Sustained Excellence
    • Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson
    • Shuler Hensley, The Whale
    • Matthew Maher, Sustained Excellence
    • Paul Thureen, Blood Play
  • Obie Grant
    • Fulcrum Theater
    • Half Straddle
  • Music And Lyrics
    • David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love
    • The Ross Wetzsteon Award, Clubbed Thumb
  • Lifetime Achievement
    • Lois Smith
    • Frances Sternhagen
  • Direction
    • 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...
  • Design
    • Laura Jellinek, Sustained excellence of Set Design
    • Clint Ramos, Sustained excellence of Costume Design
  • Best New American Play (tie)
    • Lisa D'Amour, Detroit
    • Julia Jarcho, Grimly Handsome


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