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And The 55th Annual OBIES Awards Winners Are. . .


The Sustained Achievement Award

David Greenspan

Best New American Play (includes a $1000 prize)

Annie Baker, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens


Reed Birney, Tracee Chimo, Peter Friedman, Deirdre O’Connell, Heidi Schreck, ensemble Circle Mirror Transformation

Dane DeHaan, The Aliens

Jonathan Hammond, The Boys in the Band

Marc Damon Johnson, The Brother/Sister Plays

Laurie Metcalf, A Lie of the Mind

Wendell Pierce, sustained excellence of performance

Juliet Rylance, As You Like It

Rocco Sisto, sustained excellence of performance


Enda Walsh, The New Electric Ballroom


Sam Gold, Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens

Pam MacKinnon, Clybourne Park

Design / Music

Steven Dufala and Billy Blaise Dufala, machine design, Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines Machines

Stephin Merritt, music & lyrics, Coraline

Tyler Micoleau, sustained excellence of lighting design

Neil Murray (sets and costumes), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting), Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll (projection design), Brief Encounter

Special Citations

Ariane Mnouchkine & Théâtre du Soleil, Les Éphémères

Taylor Mac, The Lily’s Revenge

The Ohio Theatre

Hoi Polloi (Alec Duffy, Dave Malloy, and Rick Burkhardt) and Rachel Chavkin, Three Pianos

Philippe Quesne and Gaëtan Vourc’h, L’Effet de Serge

Chris Wells, The Secret City

The Ross Wetzsteon Award (includes a $1000 prize)

Foundry Theatre

Obie Grants

Harlem School of the Arts
Ontological Incubator
Vampire Cowboys

Ceremony Hosts

Michael Cerveris
Anika Noni Rose

Award Presenters

J. Smith-Cameron
Marin Ireland
Linda Lavin
Hamish Linklater
Michael Shannon
Jennifer Westfeldt
Lillias White (who introduced the Fela! performers)

Obie Award Judges
Michael Feingold, Chairman
Andy Propst, Secretary
Kristin Marting
Ralph B. Peña
Martha Plimpton
Alexis Soloski