LeRoi Jones, Estelle Parsons, Jack Warden — It’s Obies 1964!


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May 28, 1964, Vol. IX, No. 32

OBIES 1963-1964

More than 500 participants and well-wishers of the off-Broadway theatre converged on the Village Gate on Saturday afternoon to applaud winners of the Ninth Annual Village Voice Off-Broadway Awards and have a good time. Colleen Dewhurst, who won the Best Actress “Obie” last year, was on hand to pass out the coveted parchments.

…The presentations were greeted with enthusiasm by the large invited audience. When an award to Julian Beck was announced — for his set design for “The Brig” — Beck and his wife, Judith Malina, were just coming in the door. Under a strain from the two weeks of federal trial that resulted from the closing of their theatre — a trial destined to end two days later in conviction — the Becks recieved a prolonged standing ovation as they came to the platform…

Season 1963-64

Best Performance: Gloria Foster (“In White America”)
Best Direction: Judith Malina (“The Brig”)
Best Play: “Play” by Samuel Beckett
Best American Play: “Dutchman” by LeRoi Jones
Best Production (play): “The Brig”
Best Production (musical): “What Happened”
Distinguished Performances: Philip Bruns (“Mr. Simian”), Joyce Ebert (“The Trojan Women”), Lee Grant (“The Maids”), David Hurst (“A Month in the Country”), Taylor Mead (“The General Returns from One Place to Another”), Estelle Parsons (“Next Time I’ll Sing to You” and “In the Summer House”), Diana Sands (“The Living Premise”), Marian Seldes (“The Ginger Man”), Jack Warden (“Epiphany”), Ronald Weyand (“The Lesson”)
Distinguished Direction: Lawrence Kornfield (“What Happened”)
Distinguished Plays: “Home Movies” by Rosalyn Drexler, “Funnyhouse of a Negro” by Adrienne Kennedy
Best Music: Al Carmines “Home Movies” and “What Happened”
Best Design: Julian Beck “The Brig”
Special Citation: Judson Memorial Church for its sponsorship and experiments in the performing arts, through the Judson Poets’ Theatre and the Judson Dance Theatre.
Judges: Richard Gilman, Gordon Rogoff, Michael Smith

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