59th Annual Obie Award Winners Announced; Sydney Lucas Is Youngest Winner in Obie History

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19 May 2014

Sydney Lucas
Sydney Lucas
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Winners of the 59th Annual Village Voice Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and Off Off-Broadway theatre, were announced May 19 at a ceremony at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village.

Co-hosted by Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater, presenters included Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask.

Newly minted Obie winner Sydney Lucas performed "Ring of Keys" from this year's acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Fun Home. Lucas, age 10, is the youngest recipient in the history of the Obies. Fun Home was also honored by the Obies with awards for author Lisa Kron, composer Jeanine Tesori and director Sam Gold.

Kelli O'Hara presented the 2014 Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement to Estelle Parsons.

The Obie for Best New American Play was awarded to playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.



A complete list of the award winners follows:

PERFORMANCE:
Marylouise Burke
Sustained excellence of performance

Johanna Day
Appropriate (Signature)

John Ellison Conlee
The (Curious Case of the) Watson Intelligence (Playwrights Horizons)

K. Todd Freeman
Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)

John Earl Jelks
Sunset Baby (Labyrinth) / Fetch Clay, Make Man (NYTW)

Mia Katigbak
Awake and Sing (NAATCO)

Sydney Lucas
Fun Home (Public Theater)

Chris Myers
An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)

Larry Pine
A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney (SoHo Rep)

PLAYWRITING:
Will Eno
The Open House (Signature)

MUSICAL THEATER:
Lisa Kron (author), Jeanine Tesori (composer), and Sam Gold (director)
Fun Home (Public Theater)

DIRECTION:
James MacDonald

Love and Information (NYTW)

Oliver Butler
The Open House (Signature)

Liesl Tommy
Appropriate (Signature)

DESIGN/MUSIC:
Ben Rubin
(projections), Arguendo (Elevator Repair Service @ Public Theater)

Emmanuel Brown and Sonya Tayeh
(fight direction and choreography) Kung Fu (Signature)

Eric Southern
(lighting design), The Correspondent (Rattlestick)

Justin Townsend
Sustained excellence of lighting design

SPECIAL CITATIONS:
Mallory Catlett
This Was the End (Chocolate Factory)

Heather Christian (music), Jiyoun Chang (lighting) and Hannah Wasileski (projections)
The World Is Round (Ripe Time @ BAM Fisher)

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Lucy Thurber
The Hill Town Plays

THE ROSS WETZSTEON AWARD:
Abrons Arts Center

GRANTS:
600 Highwaymen
48 Hours in Harlem

BEST NEW AMERICAN PLAY:
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Appropriate (Signature) and An Octoroon (SoHo Rep)

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:
Estelle Parsons

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Judges included Michael Feingold, chairman; Kirsten Childs, Nicky Paraiso, Tonya Pinkins, Michael Sommers and Rick Sordelet.