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61st Annual Obie Awards Honors Eclipsed, Dear Evan Hanson, Lucas Hnath and Stephen Karam Among Others

61st Annual Obie Awards Honors Eclipsed, Dear Evan Hanson, Lucas Hnath and Stephen Karam Among Others

The 61st Annual Obie Awards, recognize the best in Off-Broadway theatre. The event, was hosted by singer/actress Lea DeLaria and was held at Webster Hall in New York.  Past Obie winners Savion Glover, Elizabeth Marvel, Colman Domingo, Danai Gurira, Tovah Feldshuh, Lisa Kron, Maura Tierney, Kate Burton, Norm Lewis and Marlo Thomas all presented. Cast members of TV’s Orange Is The New Black, 2016 Tony Award nominee Leslie Odom Jr., and Ben Platt all preformed. Among the big winners, Tony nominee Lupita Nyong’o and the entire cast of “Eclipsed,” “Dear Evan Hansen” lead Ben Platt, Lucas Hnath and  Stephen Karam

Maura Tierney

Maura Tierney

The 61st Annual Obie Awards, recognize the best in Off-Broadway theatre. The event, was hosted by singer/actress Lea DeLaria and was held at Webster Hall in New York.  Past Obie winners Savion Glover, Elizabeth Marvel, Colman Domingo, Danai Gurira, Tovah Feldshuh, Lisa Kron, Maura Tierney, Kate Burton, Norm Lewis and Marlo Thomas all presented. Cast members of TV’s Orange Is The New Black, 2016 Tony Award nominee Leslie Odom Jr., and Ben Platt all preformed.

Leslie Odom Jr.,

Leslie Odom Jr.,

Founded by the Village Voice and now co-presented by the American Theater Wing (which also co-produces the Tony Awards), the 61st annual Obies were handed out May 23 at downtown venue Webster Hall.

Kerala Settle

Keala Settle

The full list of 2016 Obies Awards:

PLAYWRITING

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath

Lucas Hnath, The Christians (Playwrights Horizons) and Red Speedo (New York

Theatre Workshop)

Stephen Karam, The Humans (Roundabout Theatre Company)

MUSICAL THEATRE

Steven Levenson, Ben Platt, Benj Hasek, Justin Paul

Steven Levenson (book), Ben Platt, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul

Steven Levenson (book), Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (music & lyrics), Dear Evan 

Hansen (Second Stage Theatre)

DIRECTION

Rachel Chavkin, The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater)

Michael Leibenluft, I’ll Never Love Again (Bushwick Starr)

PERFORMANCE

Khris Davis, The Royale (Lincoln Center Theater)

Emily Donahoe, The Christians (Playwrights Horizons)

Georgia Engel, John (Signature Theatre Company)

EclipsedEnsemble, Eclipsed (The Public Theater): Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon Sengbloh

Jayne Houdyshell, The Humans (Roundabout Theatre Company)

Omar Metwally and Arian Moayed, Guards at the Taj (Atlantic Theater Company)

Ben Platt

Ben Platt

Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen (Second Stage Theatre)

Lucas Caleb Rooney, Red Speedo (New York Theatre Workshop)

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie, Familiar (Playwrights Horizons)

DESIGN

Rachel Hauck, Sustained Excellence of Set Design

Jason Lyons, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design

James Ortiz, Puppet Design, The Woodsman (New World Stages)

Bray Poor, Sustained Excellence of Sound Design

Kaye Voyce, Sustained Excellence of Costume Design

SPECIAL CITATIONSL COLLABORATION

Annie Baker (playwright), Sam Gold (director), and the design team of John 

(Signature Theatre Company): Mark Barton (lighting), Ásta Bennie Hostetter (costumes), Mimi Lien (set), Noah Mease (props), Bray Poor (sound)

Dominique Morisseau (playwright) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (director), Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company) 

OBIE GRANTS ($4,000 prize to each theater) 

Bedlam Theatre

Noor Theatre

Prospect Theatre Company

THE ROSS WETZSTEON AWARD ($3,000 prize) 

NAATCO/National Asian American Theatre Company

BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY ($1,000 prize) 

Guards at the Taj by Rajiv Joseph (Atlantic Theatre Company)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Carmen de Lavallade

A.R. Gurney

Annie Golden

Annie Golden

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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