Around The Town

54th Annual Obie Awards

Anne Hathaway
Stephen Sondheim

Oh, what a night! Webster Hall, packed to the rafters on Monday (May 18th) for the 54th Annual Obie Awards brought out a wild assortment of Village types and onlookers — Anne Hathaway to drag king Murray Hill, belly dancers to pierced all over S&M performers. The evening, co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker celebrated the works of Stephen Sondheim (“Road Show”) along with playwright Lynn Nottage and the actors Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Russell Gebert Jones for their work on “Ruined”.

Anne Hathaway
Stephen Sondheim

Oh, what a night! Webster Hall, packed to the rafters on Monday (May 18th) for the 54th Annual Obie Awards brought out a wild assortment of Village types and onlookers — Anne Hathaway to drag king Murray Hill, belly dancers to pierced all over S&M performers. The evening, co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker celebrated the works of Stephen Sondheim (“Road Show”) along with playwright Lynn Nottage and the actors Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Saidah Arrika Ekulona and Russell Gebert Jones for their work on “Ruined”.

David Cromer
Marc Kudisch

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the venerable age of 83, Earle Hyman offered inspiring words about his love of the theater. In addition to numerous performance, directing, and design awards, Obie Grants and cash prizes were awarded to HERE Arts Center, The Classical Theatre of Harlem, The Chocolate Factory and Lark Play Development Center.

By: Isa Goldberg
http://www.womensradio.com
Photography: Nanette Shaw

2009 Award Winners
          Special Citations
    •     Sarah Benson (director) and Louisa Thompson (set designer), BLASTED
(Soho Rep)
    •     David Esbjornson (director) and Christian Camargo (actor), HAMLET
(Theatre for a New Audience)
          Ross Wetzsteon Award
    •     HERE Arts Center,
(includes a cash prize of $2,000)
          Performance
    •     Francois Battiste, THE GOOD NEGRO
(Public Theater)
    •     Quincy Tyler Bernstine, RUINED
(Manhattan Theatre Club)
    •     Kevin T. Carroll,
sustained excellence of performance
    •     Saidah Arrika Ekulona, RUINED
(Manhattan Theatre Club)
    •     Jonathan Groff, PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY and THE SINGING FOREST
PRAYER FOR MY ENEMY (Playwrights Horizons) and THE SINGING FOREST (Public Theater)
    •     Birgit Huppuch, TELEPHONE
(Foundry Theatre)
    •     Russell Gebert Jones, RUINED
(Manhattan Theatre Club)
    •     Aaron Monaghan, THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
(Atlantic Theater Co.)
    •     Sahr Ngaujah, FELA!
(37 Arts)
    •     Lorenzo Pisoni, HUMOR ABUSE
(Manhattan Theatre Club)
    •     James Sugg, CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN
James Sugg, CHEKHOV LIZARDBRAIN (Pig Iron Theatre Company)
    •     John Douglas Thompson, OTHELLO
(Theatre for a New Audience)
          Obie Grant
    •     The Chocolate Factory,
($10,000 divided equally among three theaters)
    •     The Classical Theatre of Harlem,
($10,000 divided equally among three theaters)
    •     Lark Play Development Center,
($10,000 divided equally among three theaters)
          Music And Lyrics
    •     Stephen Sondheim, ROAD SHOW
(Public Theater)
          Lifetime Achievement
    •     Earle Hyman,
          Directing
    •     David Cromer, OUR TOWN
(Barrow Street Theatre)
    •     Katie Mitchell, THE WAVES
(National Theatre of Great Britain / Lincoln Center Great Performances "New Visions" Series)
    •     Ken Rus Schmoll, TELEPHONE
(Foundry Theatre)
          Design
    •     Toni-Leslie James, WIG OUT
sustained excellence of costume design (with special reference to WIG OUT, Vineyard Theatre)
    •     David Korins, WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
sustained excellence of set design (with special reference to WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, Public Theater)
          Best New American Play
    •     Lynn Nottage (Manhattan Theatre Club), RUINED
(includes a cash prize of $1,000)