Molly Sweeney and Floyd Collins won 1996 Lucille Lortel Awards as Best Play and Best Musical, respectively, April 8.
The Lortels are given each year for outstanding Off Broadway achievement.
Molly Sweeney is Brian Friel's evening of interlocking monologues about a woman who has her sight miraculously restored by her husband, and who comes to wonder how much of a blessing the miracle was. Floyd Collins is a musical about the media circus surrounding a true incident in which a cave explorer was stranded underground in the 1920s. Book and lyrics are by Tina Landau, music by Adam Guettel (Richard Rodgers' grandson).
Here is a complete list of Lucille Lortel Award winners: OUTSTANDING REVIVAL: Entertaining Mr. Sloan
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL: Melissa Errico in One Touch of Venus
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL: Jason Workman in Bed and Sofa
OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY: Uta Hagen in Mrs. Klein
OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY Jim Dale in Travels With My Aunt
OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR: Scott Elliott for Monogamist
OUTSTANDING SET DESIGNER: Tony Walton for A Fair Country
OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGNER: Michael Chybowski for The Grey Zone
OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN: Jane Greenwood for Sylvia
OUTSTANDING BODY OF WORK: Athol Fugard
OUTSTANDING SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT: Cora Cahn and Theatre Works/USA
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Gene Feist
LIFETIME DEDICATION TO OFF-BROADWAY: Edith Oliver
The winners were announced April 9 at Sardi's restaurant in New York. This year's selection committee consisted of Howard Kissel, Jack Kroll, John Simon, Alvin Klein, Clive Barnes, Linda Winer, Michael Kuchwara and Lucille Lortel.
The awards will be bestowed in a May 6 ceremony hosted by Walter Cronkite and Wendy Wasserstein at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York.