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The Obies! My favorite awards of the year…

The Village Voice has announced this year’s off-Broadway awards… the Obies … for the past year. And here they are:Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize.

A complete list of awards is given below:

Lifetime Achievement:

  • Caridad Svich—a playwright, translator, and teacher

Best New American Play (with $1,000 prize):

Performance:

  •  Cherise Boothe, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons and the Women’s Project)
  • Steven Boyer, Hand to God (Ensemble Studio Theatre/Youngblood)

Sweet and Sad Ensemble:

  • Jon DeVries, Shuler Hensley, Maryann Plunkett, Laila Robins, Jay O. Sanders, J. Smith-Cameron (The Public Theater)
  • Gabriel Ebert and Mary Louise Wilson, 4000 Miles (Lincoln Center Theater)
  • Jim Fletcher, Sustained Excellence
  • Santino Fontana, Sons of the Prophet (The Roundabout Theatre)
  • Linda Lavin, The Lyons (The Vineyard Theatre)
  • Susan Pourfar, Tribes (Barrow Street Theatre)

Playwriting:

  • Kirsten Greenidge, Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons and the Women’s Project)

Direction:

  • Richard Maxwell, Early Plays (The Wooster Group and St. Ann’s Warehouse)
  • Jay Scheib, World of Wires (The Kitchen)

Design:

  • Mark Barton, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design
  • Mimi Lien, Sustained Excellence of Set Design
  • Matt Tierney and Ben Williams, sound design
  • The Select (The Sun Also Rises) (New York Theatre Workshop)

Special Citations:

  • Mark Bennett, Denis O’Hare, Lisa Peterson, and Stephen Spinella, An Iliad (New York Theatre Workshop), Elevator Repair Service

Sustained Excellence:

  • Erin Courtney and Ken Rus Schmoll, A Map of Virtue (13P)
  • Steven Hoggett, Martin Lowe, and John Tiffany, Once (New York Theatre Workshop)
  • Daniel Kitson, It’s Always Right

The Obies were judged by a committee of seven: Brian Parks, Obie Awards Chairman and Arts & Culture editor of The Village Voice; Michael Feingold, chief theater critic for the Voice, two-time Pulitzer finalist, dramaturg, and Obie Chairman Emeritus; Alexis Soloski, a Voice theater critic as well as contributor to The New York Times, the U.K. Guardian, and BBC Radio, plus theater professor at Columbia University; Annie Baker, Best New American Play Obie winner in 2010 for her plays Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens; Anne Kauffman, accomplished director, instructor, and 2007 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 critic for Time Out New York and a past Obie judge. Her writing has also appeared in The Village Voice.