"Orange is the New Black"'s Lea DeLaria is hosting the ceremony and is joined by a slate of presenters that also includes Stockard Channing, Lisa Kron, T.R. Knight, LaChanze, artist Bradley Theodore and Natalie Cortez, who will also make a performance.
As previously announced, the event honors James Houghton, the founding artistic director of Off-Broadway's Signature Theatre, who is set to receive a special OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement. Houghton announced earlier this year that he would step down as artistic director due to health concerns.
Co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, the OBIE Awards celebrate excellence in theatre Off-Broadway. The prize was created in 1955 to encourage the evolving Off-Broadway theatre movement by acknowledging its achievements. Now in their 60th year, the OBIES play a major role in recognizing and boosting fantastic productions Off-Broadway. Many distinguished writers, directors, actors and designers have been recipients of an OBIE at critical points in their careers.
The OBIE Awards judging panel was headed by longtime OBIE Committee Chairman Michael Feingold and included playwright Adam Bock, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, director Lear deBessonet, scenic designer Mimi Lien, critic David Rooney, Village Voice critic Tom Sellar, and director Liesl Tommy.
The American Theatre Wing also is the founder of The Tony Awards, the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit ObieAwards.com.