Kurtz and Esparza to Host 2004 Obie Awards Ceremony May 17

News   Kurtz and Esparza to Host 2004 Obie Awards Ceremony May 17 Swoosie Kurtz of Frozen and Raul Esparza of The Normal Heart will host the 2004 Obie Awards Ceremony on May 17 at Webster Hall.
Top: Swoosie Kurtz, Bottom: Raul Esparza
Top: Swoosie Kurtz, Bottom: Raul Esparza

Expected to present honors at the annual event are Viola Davis, Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs, Denis O'Hare, Amy Sedaris and Lili Taylor. Tonya Pinkins will perform a selection from Caroline, or Change. This year's judges are playwright Tony Kushner; set designer Loy Arcenas; composer Diedre Murray; actor James Urbaniak; theatre scholar David Savran; director Evan Yionoulis; and the Voice's own Alisa Solomon and Charles McNulty.

Kushner, Arcenas, Murray, Yionoulis and Urbaniak have all won Obie Awards, which honor Off-Broadway theatre.