The 51st Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, a major honor in the Off-Broadway community, were handed out the evening of May 15 at the Skirball Center on the campus of New York University.
Among the winners — picked by a panel of judges without the fuss and suspense of nominees — were actress Christine Ebersole for her work in Grey Gardens (she played two characters); the creators of the post-modern musical comedy about musicals, [title of show]; director Daniel Sullivan for the New York premiere of David Hare's Stuff Happens; actress Lois Smith for The Trip to Bountiful; playwright Rolin Jones for The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow; playwright Adam Rapp for Red Light Winter; the creators of the AIDS-focused play, In the Continuum; and more.
The judges for this season were Lynn Nottage, Didi O'Connell, David Herskovits, Eduardo Machado, Marc Robinson, Voice critics Michael Feingold, Alexis Soloski and Village Voice theatre editor and Obie chairman Jorge Morales.
The highlight of the awards was the Lifetime Achievement honor given to academic Eric Bentley, 90, for his untiring service to the theatre.
Here are the recipients of the 2006 Obie Awards:
S. Epatha Merkerson for her performance in Birdie Blue
Ari Fliakos for his performance in Poor Theater: A Series of Simulacra
Scott Shepherd for his performance in Poor Theater: A Series of Simulacra
Gary Wilmes for his performance in Red Light Winter
Dana Ivey for her performance in Mrs. Warren's Profession
Christine Ebersole for her performance in Grey Gardens
Euan Morton for his performance in Measure for Pleasure
Lois Smith for her performance in The Trip to Bountiful