Famed Street Artist Bradley Theodore Celebrates Obies with New Downtown Murals

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Street artist Bradley Theodore has painted two original murals in downtown Manhattan in celebration of the upcoming 60th anniversary of the Obie Awards. Theodore's earlier murals — of Anna Wintour with Karl Lagerfeld, and Cara Delevinge with Kate Moss, on Kenmare St. in Soho — have become much-loved downtown fixtures.

The new murals are located outdoors at 19 Stanton St. and Cultura Pizza E Vitta at 151 Mott St., in Manhattan. Theodore said that the inspiration for the works came from the origins of theatre.

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"Classic theater was always created by bands of creative individuals that followed their hearts to perform in theaters using, most of the time, the outside walls of castles and towns as theater, and eventually becoming the main performance within the castle," he said. "In today's world Broadway is the castle and off-Broadway the outside walls. Using traditional classical subject I want to pay tribute to the future new classics in the making."

Originally from Turks & Caicos, Theodore is currently a New York City resident and integrated part of the art scene. Dedicated to making his art publicly available, his paintings and installations have been seen in the streets of international cities from New York to Tokyo.

Presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, the 2015 Obie Awards will be held May 18 at Webster Hall. Founded in 1955, the annual awards are a celebration and acknowledgment of outstanding work performed Off-Broadway.

Webster Hall is located at 125 East 11th St. Tickets to the ceremony are now available via ObieAwards.com.

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