The upcoming 64th annual Obie Awards ceremony will welcome a number of industry names to both perform and/or present at the May 20 event in New York City. As previously announced, the ceremony celebrating the best of the Off- and Off-Off-Broadway season will be held at Terminal 5, hosted by Rachel Bloom.
This year's performers and presenters will include two-time Obie Award winner Eric Bogosian, Tony Award and Obie Award winner Beowulf Boritt, two-time Tony Award nominee and three-time Obie Award winner Rachel Chavkin, Obie Award winner Luke Cresswell, Tony Award and Obie Award winner Billy Crudup, Tony Award nominee Damon Daunno, Obie Award winner Riccardo Hernandez, Tony Award and three-time Obie Award winner David Henry Hwang, three-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch, five-time Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Michael John LaChiusa, Tony Award and Obie Award winner Mimi Lien, Obie Award winner Hamish Linklater, six-time Tony Award winner and Obie Award winner William Ivey Long, two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone, two-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Obie Award winner Kristine Nielsen, Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe, Margo Seibert, Tony Award and Obie Award winner Rebecca Taichman, Tony Award nominee and Obie Award winner Liesl Tommy, and Tony Award and Obie Award winner Julie White.
The cast of STOMP will also perform at the ceremony, and music will be provided by Adam Schlesinger and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend band.
As with previous years, the Obie-winning artists and productions are announced the night of the awards (there are no nominations). However it has been announced that Lifetime Achievement Awards will be awarded to New York Theatre Workshop’s artistic director James C. Nicola and Theatre for a New Audience’s artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz.
The production team for the 2019 Obie Awards includes Eric Cornell (line producer), E. Cameron Holsinger (production stage manager), Mike Baldassari (lighting designer), Mike Tracey (sound designer), and Adam J. Thompson (video designer).
The Obies are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice. Michael Feingold will chair a judges panel for this year’s awards that also includes Arin Arbus, Rachel Hauck, Riccardo Hernandez, Rajiv Joseph, Kecia Lewis, and Jesse Oxfeld.