Obie Awards, Hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce, Presented May 16

News   Obie Awards, Hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson and David Hyde Pierce, Presented May 16 Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson and Tony winner David Hyde Pierce host the 56th Annual Obie Awards May 16 at Webster Hall in the East Village. The evening features a special performance by Obie winner Anthony Rapp, who will offer the Rent anthem "Seasons of Love" as well as a song from Without You.

Host S. Epatha Merkerson
Host S. Epatha Merkerson Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

Presenters are scheduled to include Alec Baldwin, Andrew Rannells, Arian Moayed, Jim Parsons, John Larroquette, Lee Pace, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mamie Gummer, Margaret Colin, Nina Arianda, Patina Miller, Robert Sean Leonard and Rose Hemingway.

The Obie Awards judges committee is again chaired by the Village Voice's chief theatre critic, Michael Feingold. Voice critic Alexis Soloski joins Feingold on the committee, as well as four guest judges: The New Yorker critic Hilton Als, three-time Obie Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, Obie Award-winning director Evan Yionoulis, and Theatermania critic and frequent Voice contributor Andy Propst, who again serves as the committee's secretary.

Unlike most theatre awards, the Village Voice Obie Awards list no nominations publicly. The judges may give several Obies in each category, and may even invent new categories to reward exceptional artistic merit.

The awards, founded in 1955 by Voice cultural editor Jerry Tallmer, honor the Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway season. Past recipients include Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, William Hurt, Morgan Freeman, Mos Def, Amy Irving, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Kevin Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Joan Cusack and Harvey Fierstein.

Tickets for the Village Voice's 56th Annual Obie Awards are $25 and are on sale now through TicketFly at obies.villagevoice.com. For more information visit obies.villagevoice.com.

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