VILLAGE VOICE ANNOUNCES 54th ANNUAL OBIE AWARDS CEREMONY

MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009 AT WEBSTER HALL, NYC

CO-HOSTED BY MARTHA PLIMPTON & DANIEL BREAKER  

Presenters:

Anne Hathaway (Twelfth Night)

Brian d’Arcy James (Shrek)

Gavin Creel (Hair)

Karen Olivo (West Side Story)

John Shea

Brian d’James (Shrek)

Kate Mulgrew

Marc Kudisch (9 to 5)

The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, announced today the 54th Annual OBIE awards will take place on Monday, May 18, 2009 at the newly landmarked Webster Hall in the East Village. 

The OBIES will be co-hosted by Martha Plimpton and Daniel Breaker at an invitation-only ceremony.  A list of notable presenters will be released soon.  

Martha Plimpton won an OBIE in 2002 for her performance in Hobson's Choice. She charmed us as Gladys Bumps in this season’s revival of Pal Joey. Ms. Plimpton moves elegantly between the stage, television and film. 

Daniel Breaker is a 2008 OBIE Award winner for his performance in the ensemble cast of Passing Strange and is appearing on Broadway now in the musical Shrek. Trained at Juilliard, Mr. Breaker is an accomplished actor, singer and dancer.  

For the past half-century, the The Village Voice Obie Awards 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 have no nominations. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, judges may give several Obies in each category, and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit.   

The Voice’s chief theater critic, Michael Feingold, chairs the Obie Awards committee again this year. His fellow judges include Voice critic Alexis Soloski and six guest judges: Eric Grode, freelance critic and Voice contributor; critic Andy Propst, AmericanTheaterWeb.com, also a frequent Voice contributor; Eisa Davis, actress-playwright, Obie Award winner for her performance last year in Passing Strange, and author of the upcoming Angela’s Mixtape; Ty Jones, actor-playwright, 2003 Obie Award winner for his performance in The Blacks (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Moises Kaufman, playwright-director, 2004 Obie Award winner for his direction of I Am My Own Wife, and author of current Broadway hit 33 Variations Chay Yew, playwright-director, 2007 Obie Award winner for his direction of Durango (Public Theater) and currently directing  Obie winner Robert O'Hara's Antebellum. Propst will also serve as secretary to the committee.

 

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