Off-Broadway's Highest Honor

1980 Hosts

1980 Presenters

1980 Award Winners

  • Sustained Achievement
    • Sam Shepard,
  • Special Citations
    • The Flying Karamazov Brothers,
    • The Actors of Le Centre International de Creations Theatrales, for outstanding ensemble performance
    • Ellen Stewart and La Mama E.T.C., for contribution to the American theatre by the importation of foreign companies
    • David Jones and Richard Nelson, for innovative programming at the BAM Theatre Company
    • Ntozake Shange, for her adaptation of "Mother Courage"
  • Playwriting
    • Lee Breuer, A Prelude to Death in Venice (script and direction)
    • Christopher Durang, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You
    • Romulus Linney, Tennessee
    • Roland Muldoon, Full Confessions of a Socialist (script and direction)
    • Jeff Weiss, That's How the Rent Gets Paid (Part Three) (script and direction)
  • Performance
    • Michael Burrell, Hess
    • Michael Cristofer, Chinchilla
    • Lindsay Crouse, Reunion
    • Elizabeth Franz, "Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You"
    • Morgan Freeman, "Mother Courage" and "Coriolanus"
    • John Heard, "Othello" and "Split"
    • Michael Higgins, `Reunion"
    • Madeleine le Roux, "La Justice"
    • Jon Polito,
      for performances with Dodger Theatre Company and the BAM Theater Company
    • Bill Raymond, A Prelude to Death in Venice
    • Dianne Wiest, The Art of Dining
    • Hattie Winston, "Mother Courage" and "The Michigan"
  • Obie Committee
    • Eileen Blumenthal, Harold Clurman, Michael Feingold, Terry Curtis Fox, Erika Munk, Julius Novick, Ross Wetzsteon,
  • Direction
    • A.J. Antoon, The Art of Dining
    • Edward Cornell, Johnny on a Spot
    • Elizabeth LeCompte, Point Judith
  • Design
    • Ruth Maleczech and Julie Archer, for the design of "Vanishing Pictures"
    • Sally Jacobs, for the designs of "Conference of the Birds"
    • Beverly Emmons,
      for distinguished lighting design
    • Laura Crow, for the costumes for "Mary Stuart"
  • Best Ensemble Performance
    • See CITATIONS,

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