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THE 59th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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New York, NY – The 59th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, were given out at a ceremony last night at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The awards ceremony was co-hosted by Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. The awards were presented by Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask.

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New York, NY2012 VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED


The 57th Annual Obie Awards were given out at a ceremony Monday, May 21, 2012 at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The awards were presented by acclaimed stage actors Eric McCormack, Grace Gummer, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce, Justin Bartha, Leslie Odom Jr., Lily Rabe, Michael McKean, Tonya Pinkins, Topher Grace, and Tracee Chimo.

THE 57th ANNUAL VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY
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New York, NY
 
The Awards Will Be Presented By:
 
Eric McCormack
Grace Gummer
Hugh Dancy
Jonathan Pryce
Juliet Rylance
Justin Bartha
Lily Rabe
Michael McKean
Topher Grace
Tracee Chimo
Entertainment and co-hosts to be announced
 
The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, announced that the 57th Annual Obie Awards will take place on Monday, May 21, 2012, at Webster Hall in the East Village (125 East 11th Street). 
 

THE VILLAGE VOICE 57TH ANNUAL
OBIE AWARDS
Off-Broadway’s Highest Honor

THE VILLAGE VOICE ANNOUNCES
JUDGES FOR THE 57TH ANNUAL OBIE AWARDS
CEREMONY WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway’s Highest Honor Salutes Outstanding Theatrical
Accomplishments

The VILLAGE VOICE ANNOUNCES JUDGES for the 57th annual obie awards   CEREMONY WILL BE HELD MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012
Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway’s Highest Honor Salutes Outstanding Theatrical Accomplishments
 
New York, NY – The Village Voice, the nation’s first and largest alternative weekly newspaper, has announced the judges for the 57th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards. The Voice’schief theater critic, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, and theater dramaturge Michael Feingold, who has chaired the Obies since the 2006-7 season, will become the first Obies Chairman Emeritus. The2011-12 Obie Chairman will be Brian Parks.Brian is the Arts and Culture editor of The Village Voice, which includes editing the paper’s theater section. He has previously served as Obies Chairman, from 1999 to 2003.
 
Joining Feingold and Parks will be Voice critic Alexis Soloski. She also contributes frequently to The New York Times, the U.K. Guardian, and BBC Radio. A professor of theater, Alexis is a lecturer in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University.
 
The four guest judges are: Annie Baker,Best New American Play Obie winner in 2010 for her plays Circle Mirror Transformation and The AliensAnne Kauffman, accomplished director, instructor, and2007 Obie winner for her direction of The Thugs;José Rivera, two-time Obie Award winner for his plays Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; and Helen Shaw, a theater criticfor Time Out New York and a past Obie judge. Her writing has also appeared in The Village Voice.
Meet the Judges:
Obie Chairman Brian Parks is happy to return to the role, and hopes to maintain the high standards that his predecessor Michael Feingold has set for the awards and recent ceremonies. “It’s been great to dive back into the Obies. New York has such a huge theater scene, and I’m honored to be able to help reward its most talented and creative people,” states Brian.
Michael Feingold says, “I am thrilled that Brian Parks is willing to take over, despite the tremendous weight of his expanded responsibilities as Arts & Culture Editor, and I know from experience that he’ll do a wonderful job. I’m delighted to go back to my traditional role as the committee’s resident objection-raiser. It’ll be like a vacation.”
 
One of the most significant changes that Alexis Soloski has witnessed in the non-profit, Off-Broadway scene over the years is geographic. “We’ve seen theaters close throughout the West Village, the East Village, and the Lower East Side,” she says. “But it’s heartening how many new theaters have sprung up, particularly in Brooklyn and Queens, and how successful they’ve been in attracting artists and audiences.”
Asked what winning the Obie for Best New American Play and a check for $1,000 meant to her in 2010, Annie Baker observes, “Winning an Obie meant the world to me.”
For Anne Kauffman, the most important quality a director can possess is “Patience!” That word goes a long way, as evidenced by Anne’s endurance, grace, and serenity.
José Rivera is the first Puerto Rican to be nominated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for “Best Adapted Screenplay,” for the film The Motorcycle Diaries. When asked how a commercially successful playwright stays true to his or her non-profit theater roots, he laughs. “I’ve never been a commercially successful playwright,” he says. “No play of mine has ever been extended more than a couple of weeks. I’ve never been well-reviewed in The New York Times, never been on Broadway, and except for the Obies, have never won major awards in the theater. So I have no trouble staying true to my non-profit roots!”
Helen Shawremembers the most profound reaction she ever received from a review. “It was an artist-not-to-be-named who flew at me in the doorway of P.S.122 and called me a terrorist and then banned me from his work. It wasn’t pleasant!”
Founded in 1955 by Voice cultural editor Jerry Tallmer, The Village Voice Obie Awards annually honor the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Unlike most theater awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories in which a “Best” is selected. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges select outstanding artists and productions and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit. Past winners have included such well-known stars as Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Mos Def, Felicity Huffman, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Joan Cusack, and Harvey Fierstein, to name a few. 
 
Venue details for the 57th Annual Obie Awards Ceremony, the names of the hosts and presenters, and information about how to purchase tickets will be forthcoming.
 
 
About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in October 1955, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation's original and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voicemaintains the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing 56 years ago.  The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, among others, the Voice has earned a reputation for its groundbreaking investigations of New York City politics and for its expert coverage of New York's cultural scene. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, with opinionated culture, music, art, dance, film, and theater reviews, daily web dispatches, comprehensive entertainment listings, and unrivaled classifieds, the Voice is the authoritative source on all that is New York.
The Village Voice has also created such celebrated events as the Obie Awards, the 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Eats, Brooklyn Pour, the Web Awards, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year—including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, the annual Film Critics Poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Preview guides. The Voice is New York's most influential must-read alternative newspaper, both in print and online at www.villagevoice.com, where the site averages 1.5 million unique users each month.
Visit us on the Web: obies.villagevoice.com

2011 VILLAGE VOICE OBIE AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

New York, NY – The 56th Annual Obie Awards were given out at a ceremony tonight at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The event was co-hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce, and the awards were presented by Alec Baldwin, Andrew Rannells, Arian Moayad, Frank Wood, Jim Parsons, John Larroquette, Liev Schreiber, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mamie Gummer, Margaret Colin, Nina Arianda, Patina Miller, and Rose Hemingway. Anthony Rapp, of the original cast of the Obie Award-winning musical RENT and his band from the musical WITHOUT YOUperformed at the ceremony.
 
The Obies were judged by a committee of six, chaired by Michael Feingold,chief theater critic of  The Village Voice. Joining him were Voice critic Alexis Soloski and four guest judges: Critic Hilton Als of The New Yorker; playwright David Henry Hwang, a three-time Obie Award winner for his plays F.O.B.Golden Child, and Yellow Face; director Evan Yionoulis, an Obie award winner for her production of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain; and critic Andy Propst, of TheaterMania AmericanTheaterWeb.com (also a frequent Voice contributor), who served as secretary to the committee.
 
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz, received the Obie Award for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1000 check. Repertorio Espanol and its co-founder and artistic director, René Buch, received the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. A complete list of awards is given below.
 
Performance
F. Murray Abraham, sustained excellence of performance
André Braugher, THE WHIPPING MAN (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Michael Chernus, IN THE WAKE (Public Theater)
Ethan Hawke, BLOOD FROM A STONE (The New Group)
Hamish Linklater, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES (Classic Stage Company)
Laurie Metcalf, THE OTHER PLACE (Manhattan Class Company)
Thomas Sadoski, OTHER DESERT CITIES (Lincoln Center Theater)
Scott Shepherd, GATZ (Elevator Repair Service / Public Theater)
Brenda Wehle, THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES (Signature Theatre / Public Theater)
Charlayne Woodard, THE WITCH OF EDMONTON (Red Bull Theater)
 
Playwriting
Samuel D. Hunter, A BRIGHT NEW BOISE (Partial Comfort Productions)
Jonas Hassen Khemiri, INVASION! (The Play Company)
 
Direction
Austin Pendleton, THREE SISTERS (Classic Stage Company)
Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER (New York Theatre Workshop)
Leigh Silverman, IN THE WAKE (Public Theater) and GO BACK TO WHERE YOU ARE (Playwrights Horizons)
 
Design
Jill BC Du Boff, sustained excellence of sound design
Donyale Werle, sustained excellence of set design
 
Special Citations
design and choreography, SLEEP NO MORE (Punchdrunk Theatre)
Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan, Beatrice Minns, Maxine Doyle, Stephen Dobbie, Euan Maybank, and David Israel Reynoso
Young Jean Lee, WE’RE GONNA DIE (13P / Joe’s Pub)
debbie tucker green and Leah C. Gardiner, BORN BAD (Soho Rep)
 
Obie Grants    ($2,500 to each theater)
METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE
 
WAKKA WAKKA
 
The Ross Wetzsteon Award (includes $1,000 check)
BELARUS FREE THEATRE
 
Best New American Play (includes $1,000 check)
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz (Second Stage)
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
René Buch and Repertorio Espanol
 
Village Voice CEO Jim Larkin, president and COO Scott Tobias, publisher Josh Fromson, editor-in-chief Tony Ortega, arts and culture editor Brian Parks, the entire marketing and promotion staff of The Village Voice, and the outside staff and volunteers for the 56th Annual Obie Awards all joyously congratulate the winners.
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Off Broadway’s Highest Honor

VILLAGE VOICE ANNOUNCES 56th ANNUAL OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY
MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011 AT WEBSTER HALL, NYC

 

New York, NY
The Awards Will Be Presented By:
Alec Baldwin
Arian Moayed
Jim Parsons
John Larroquette
Lee Pace
Lin-Manuel Miranda 
Mamie Gummer
Margaret Colin
Nina Arianda
Patina Miller
Robert Sean Leonard
Rose Hemingway
S. Epatha Merkerson
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Entertainment & Co-Hosts To Be Announced
The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, announced today that the 56th Annual Obie Awards will take place on Monday, May 16, 2011 at Webster Hall in the East Village (125 East 11th Street).
 
For the past 56 years, the Village Voice Obie Awards, founded by Jerry Tallmer in 1956, have honored the best of Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Structured with informal categories that change annually, the Village Voice Obie Awards recognize persons and productions of excellence. Unlike most theater awards, the Village Voice Obie Awards list no nominations publicly. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges may give several Obies in each category, and may even invent new categories to reward exceptional artistic merit. 
The Voice’schief theater critic, Michael Feingold, who chairs the Obie Awards judges committee again this year, was honored as a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism. The Pulitzer jury recognized Feingold “for his engaging, authoritative drama reviews that fuse passion and knowledge as he helps readers understand what makes a play or a performance successful.”
 
His fellow judges are Voice critic Alexis Soloski and four guest judges: critic Hilton Als of The New Yorker; playwright David Henry Hwang, a three-time Obie Award winner for his plays F.O.B., Golden Child, and Yellow Face; director Evan Yionoulis, an Obie Award winner for her production of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain; and critic Andy Propst, of TheaterMania AmericanTheaterWeb.com (and a frequent Voice contributor); he is also serving as secretary to the committee. 
 
Many of the most celebrated names in theater, film and television say their Obie Award was the first major recognition of their professional career. Past winner include such well-known stars such as Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Felicity Huffman, Viola Davis, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Tony Kushner, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Edward Norton, and Sigourney Weaver, to name a few.
 
Because the Obies always strive to recognize artists of exceptional ability early in their careers, the award serves to encourage, support, and in some sense nurture youthful talent. The Obies help shine an important light on theater artists who are breaking new ground or just breaking through in their careers. In addition, the Obies honor those who have given years of service to the theater, with awards for Sustained Excellence and Lifetime Achievement.
 
Once again, the 2011 Obies will also honor the Off-Broadway theater community by presenting its annual theater grants, announced live at the ceremony.
Tickets for the Village Voice’s 56th Annual Obie Awards are $25 and are on sale now through TicketFly at obies.villagevoice.com. For more information please visit obies.villagevoice.com.
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About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in October 1955, The Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation's first and largest alternative newsweekly, the Voice maintains the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it first embraced when it began publishing over 55 years ago.  The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, among others, the Voice has earned a reputation for its groundbreaking investigations of New York City politics and for its expert coverage of New York's cultural scene. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, with opinionated culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews, daily web dispatches, comprehensive entertainment listings, and unrivaled classifieds, the Voice is the authoritative source on all that is New York.
 
The Village Voice has also created such celebrated events as the Siren Music Festival, kNow Music Series, and Choice Eats, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year, including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Film critics poll, Best of NYC, and the paper’s Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter Arts Preview guides. The Voice is New York's most influential, must-read alternative newspaper, in both print and online at www.villagevoice.com, where the site averages 1.5 million unique users each month.
 
Visit us on the Web: www.villagevoice.com/obies