Off-Broadway's Highest Honor

1981 Hosts

1981 Presenters

1981 Award Winners

  • Sustained Achievement
    • Negro Ensemble Company,
  • Special Citations
    • JoAnne Akalaitis and Mabou Mines, Dead End Kids
    • Joseph Chaikin and the Winter Project, Tourists and Refuggees
    • Bill Irwin,
      for his inspired clowning
    • Bruce Myers, A Dybbuk for Two People
    • Repertorio Espanol,
  • Playwriting
    • Charles Fuller, Zooman and the Sign
    • Amlin Gray, How I Got That Story
    • Len Jenkin, Limbo Tales (script and direction)
  • Performance
    • Giancarlo Esposito, Zooman and the Sign
    • Bob Gunton, How I Got That Story
    • Mary Beth Hurt, Crimes of the Heart
    • Kevin Kline, The Pirates of Penzance
    • John Lone, "FOB" and "The Dance and the Railroad"
    • Mary McDonnell, Still Life
    • Timothy Near, Still Life
    • William Sadler, Limbo Tales
    • Michele Shay, Meetings
    • John Spencer, Still Life
    • Meryl Streep, Alice in Concert
    • Christopher Walken, The Sea Gulf
  • Obie Committee
    • Eileen Blumenthal, Michael Feingold, Terry Curtis Fox, Erika Munk, Julius Novick, Ross Wetzsteon, James Leverett, Edith Oliver,
  • Direction
    • Melvin Bernhardt, Crimes of the Heart
    • Wilford Leach, The Pirates of Penzance
    • Toby Robertson, Pericles
  • Design
    • Bloolips, "Lust in Space"
      for costume design
    • Manuel L**Dutgenhorst and Douglas Ball, Request Concert
    • Jun Maeda,
      Sustained Excellence in Set Design
    • Dennis Parichy,
      Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design
  • Best Production
    • Emily Mann, Still Life
  • Best New American Play
    • David Henry Hwang, FOB

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