The 55th Annual Village Voice OBIE Awards were presented on Monday, May 17, 2010, at a ceremony held at Webster Hall in Manhattan. Co-hosted by Michael Cerveris and former OBIE winner Anika Noni Rose, the awards were presented by J. Smith Cameron, Marin Ireland, Linda Lavin, Hamish Linklater, Michael Shannon, and Jennifer Westfeldt.


Michael Feingold’s fellow judges this year included Voice critic Alexis Soloski and four guest judges: Andy Propst of and TheaterMania, who also served as secretary to the committee; Kristin Marting, co-founder and current Artistic Director of HERE Arts Center, productions at which have received a total of 14 Obie Awards; Ralph B. Pena, a founding member and current Artistic Director of Ma-Yi Theater, a 2003 Obie Award winner for his work on Ma-Yi’s The Romance of Magno Rubio; and three-time Tony Award nominee Martha Plimpton, winner of a 2001 Obie for her performance in Hobson’s Choice, and currently filming a recurring role (Atlantic Theater Company).




The Sustained Achievement Award

David Greenspan


Best New American Play (w/check for $1000)




Ensemble, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons)

(Reed Birney, Tracee Chimo, Peter Friedman, Deirdre O’Connell, Heidi Schreck)


Dane DeHaan, THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)


Jonathan Hammond, THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Transport Group)


Marc Damon Johnson, THE BROTHER/SISTER PLAYS (Public Theater)


Laurie Metcalf, A LIE OF THE MIND (The New Group)


Wendell Pierce, sustained excellence of performance


Juliet Rylance, AS YOU LIKE IT (Bridge Project/BAM)


Rocco Sisto, sustained excellence of performance



Enda Walsh, THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM (Druid Theatre / St. Ann’s Warehouse)



Sam Gold, CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION (Playwrights Horizons) and THE ALIENS (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater)


Pam MacKinnon, CLYBOURNE PARK (Playwrights Horizons)


Design / Music


Steven Dufala and Billy Blaise Dufala (machine design), MACHINES MACHINES


HERE Arts Center)


Stephin Merritt (music & lyrics), CORALINE (MCC Theater)


Tyler Micoleau, sustained excellence of lighting design


Neil Murray (sets and costumes), Malcolm Rippeth (lighting), Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll (projection design), BRIEF ENCOUNTER (Kneehigh Theatre / St. Ann’s Warehouse)


Special Citations

Ariane Mnouchkine & Théâtre du Soleil, LES ÉPHÉMÈRES (Lincoln Center Festival)


Taylor Mac, THE LILY’S REVENGE (HERE Arts Center)


The Ohio Theatre


Hoi Polloi and Rachel Chavkin, THREE PIANOS

(Hoi Polloi: Alec Duffy, Dave Malloy, and Rick Burkhardt) (Ontological)


Philippe Quesne and Gaëtan Vourc’h, L’EFFET DE SERGE (Vivarium Studio / Under the Radar) 


Chris Wells, SECRET CITY


The Ross Wetzsteon Award (w/check for $1000)

Foundry Theatre


Obie Grants


Harlem School of the Arts


Ontological Incubator


Vampire Cowboys


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