Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, Frank Langella: It’s Obies 1965!


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May 27, 1965, Vol. X, No. 32

Village Voice ‘Obie’ Awards, 1964-65

The atmosphere was festive in the cavernous Village Gate on Saturday afternoon. Every seat was filled and dozens stood to witness presentation of the Tenth Annual Village Voice Off-Broadway Awards. Gloria Foster, winner of a Best Performance “Obie” in 1964, handed out 21 of the coveted parchments, and warm enthusiasm greeted the choices of the three judges, Richard Gilman, Gordon Rogoff, and Michael Smith.

After a welcome from Voice publisher Edwin Fancher, the proceedings got underway with a selection of songs from “Promenade, performed with gusto by a large cast from the Judson Poets Theatre. “Promenade,” which has music by Al Carmines, was later in the day to win a Distinguished Playwriting “Obie” for its author, Maria Irene Fornes. The performance evoked cheers and bravos…

Season 1964-1965

Best Performances: Roscoe Lee Browne, Frank Langella, Lester Rawlins (“The Old Glory”)

Best Play: “The Old Glory” by Robert Lowell
Best Direction: Ulu Grosbard, “A View from the Bridge”
Best Musical Production: “The Cradle Will Rock”
Best Costumes: Willa Kim, “The Old Glory”

Distinguished Performances: Brian Bedford (“The Knack”), Robert Duvall (“A View from the Bridge”), Roberts Blossom (“Do Not Pass Go”), Rosemary Harris (APA Repertory), Joseph Chaikin (“Victims of Duty” and “The Exception of the Rule”), James Earl Jones (“Baal”), Margaret De Priest (“The Place for Chance”), Frances Sternhagen (“The Room” and A Slight Ache”), Dean Dittmann (“The Cradle Will Rock”), Sada Thompson (“Tartuffe”)

Distinguished Playwrighting: Maria Irene Fornes (“Promenade” and “The Successful Life of Three”)

Special Citation: The Paper Bag Players, for raising the level of children’s theatre through intelligence, imagination, and respect for its audiences.
Special Citation: Caffe Cino and Cafe La Mama, for creating opportunities for new playwrights to confront audiences and gain experience of the real theatre

Judges: Richard Gilman, Gordon Rogoff, Michael Smith

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