Colleen Dewhurst, George C. Scott, Eli Wallach — It’s Obies 1963!


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May 30, 1963, Vol. VIII, No. 32

The Village Voice ‘Obies,’ 1962-63

The Voice handed out its Eighth Annual “Obie” Awards in a somewhat chaotic but spirited ceremony on Saturday afternoon at the Village Gate. Invited theatre people and well-wishers descended on the cavernous rathskeller in unprecedented numbers to watch Uta Hagen distribute this year’s fifteen parchment symbols of achievement…

Peering out into the dim, smoke-filled room, packed to the walls with standing late-comers, in her best Bette Davis voice she echoed the opening of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”, in which she is currently starring on Broadway: “What a dump!” When the applause dies down, she began the presentations…

Village Voice Off-Broadway Awards
Season 1962-63

Best Actress: Colleen Dewhurst (“Desire Under the Elms)
Best Actor: George C. Scott (“Desire Under the Elms)
Best Director: Alan Schneider (The Pinter Plays)
Best Production (play): “Six Characters in Search of an Author”
Best Production (musical): “The Boys from Syracuse”
Distinguished Performances: Jacqueline Brookes (“Six Characters in Search of an Author”), Michael O’Sullivan (“Six Characters”), Joseph Chaikin (“Man is Man”), James Patterson (“The Collection” — The Pinter Plays), Olympia Dukakis (“A Man’s a Man), Madelein Sherwood (“Hey You, Light Man!”), Anne Jackson (“The Typists” and “The Tiger”), Eli Wallach (“The Typists” and “The Tiger”)
Special Citations: The Second City; Jean Erdman (“The Coach with the Six Insides”)
Judges: John Gassner, Norman Nadel, Michael Smith

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