Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos Will Host Obie Awards; Meryl Streep Will Present Lifetime Achievement Honor

The 58th Annual Obie Awards will be presented May 20 at Webster Hall in the East Village. The evening will be co-hosted by Jessica Hecht and Jeremy Shamos, who are currently starring in the Broadway production of The Assembled Parties by Obie-winning playwright Richard Greenberg.

The joint 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients are Lois Smith and Frances Sternhagen. This award will be presented by Oscar winner Meryl Streep.

Both Sternhagen and Smith have previously received Obie Awards for individual performances. Together their joint careers represent some 120 years of creative contribution to our national culture. Each, this year, took on a major role in a brand-new play Off-Broadway, Smith in Sam Shepard’s Heartless (Pershing Square Signature Center) and Sternhagen in Liz Flahive’s The Madrid (Manhattan Theatre Club).

Other presenters will include Bobby Cannavale, Maggie Grace, Judith Light, Aasif Mandvi, Krysta Rodriguez, Duncan Sheik and Courtney B. Vance.

Founded in 1955 by Voice cultural editor Jerry Tallmer, The Village Voice Obie Awards annually honor the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Unlike most theatre awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. In the "conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges select outstanding artists and productions and may even invent new categories to reward artistic merit," according to press notes.

Tickets for the evening, which will feature live performances to be announced at a later date, will go on sale April 10 at Webster Hall is located at 125 East 11th Street.