Andrew Garfield, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes Among Presenters for 2018 Obie Awards | Playbill

Awards Andrew Garfield, Laura Benanti, Laura Osnes Among Presenters for 2018 Obie Awards John Leguizamo will host the annual awards ceremony May 21.
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Oscar and two-time Tony nominee Andrew Garfield (nominated this season for Angels in America), Tony winner Laura Benanti, Emmy nominee Lucy Liu, and two-time Tony and Obie winner Matthew Broderick will be among the presenters at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards, which will be held May 21 at Terminal 5.

Laura Benanti

As previously announced, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo will host this year’s ceremony, which celebrates Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway.

Presenters will also include Tony winners William Ivey Long, Natasha Katz, David Henry Hwang, and David Zinn, Tony nominees Oliver Platt, Laura Osnes, Beth Malone, David Morse, Itamar Moses, Arian Moayed, and Emilio Sosa, as well as Lilli Cooper, New York City nightlife celeb Pixie Aventura, American Theatre Wing President and CEO Heather Hitchens, The Village Voice President and CEO Peter Barbey, and Chair of the Obie Judges Michael Feingold.

Tony nominee and three-time Obie winner Kathleen Chalfant will receive a special Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 63rd annual ceremony.

The Obie judges panel is chaired by Village Voice critic Michael Feingold and includes Entertainment Weekly theatre critic Melissa Rose Bernardo, Obie-winning projection designer Wendall K. Harrington, Broadway News theatre critic Charles Isherwood, Tony-nominated and Obie-winning costume designer Toni-Leslie James, dancer-actor-director Sondra Lee, Tony-nominated and Obie-winning actor Arian Moayed, and Obie-winning actor Ching Valdes-Aran.

The production team for the 2018 Obie Awards includes artistic supervisor J. Jason Daunter, line producer Eric Cornell, musical supervisor P. Jason Yarcho, lighting designer Natasha Katz, sound designer Kai Harada, scenic designer Antje Ellermann, and video designer Adam J. Thompson.

Tickets to the 2018 Obie Awards are available via

PHOTO ARCHIVE: Wit, With Kathleen Chalfant, at MCC Theater in 1998

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