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Eileen Brennan, Edward Albee — It’s Obies 1960!


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May 25, 1960, Vol. V, No. 31

Obies 1959-1960

About 600 people, last Sunday, packed the Village Gate to the doors for the fifth annual presentation of the Village Voice “Obies.” The big winner of the 1959-1960 off-Broadway awards was the play “The Connection.” One of the three first-prizes it won went to the play’s author, Jack Gelber (shown above with mistress-of-ceremonies Anne Bancroft).

Opening the proceedings, New York Times writer Gilbert Millstein said of the Voice: “I want you to know that I don’t represent The Voice, The Voice represents me.”

At right, Edward Albee takes his award from Miss Bancroft for his “distinguished play,” ‘The Zoo Story.’

Season 1959-1960

Best All-Around Production: “The Connection,” produced by Julian Beck and Judith Malina
Best Director: Gene Frankel, “Machinal”
Best Actor: Warren Finnerty, “The Connection”
Best Actress: Eileen Brennan, “Little Mary Sunshine”
Best New Play: “The Connection,” by Jack Gelber
Best Foreign Play: “The Balcony,” by Jean Genet
Distinguished Plays: “Krapp’s Last Tape,” by Samuel Beckett; “The Zoo Story,” by Edward Albee; “The Prodigal,” by Jack Richardson

Distinguished Performances (Actors): William Daniels, “The Zoo Story”; Donald Days, “Krapp’s Last Tape”; Vincent Gardenia, “Machinal”; John Heffernan, “Henry IV, Part 2”; Jock Livingston, “The Balcony”

Distinguished Performances (Actresses): Patricia Falkenhain, “Peer Gynt,” “Henry IV”; Elisa Loti, “Come Share My House”; Nancy Marchand, “The Balcony”

Sets: David Hays, “The Balcony”
Special Citation: Brooks Atkinson of the New York Times

Judges: Richard Watts, Jr., Robert Brustein, Jerry Tallmer

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