Tamara Tunie & Hamish Linklater to Host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards
Two stars of the stage, small and big screens will co-host the 2014 Village Voice OBIE Awards on May 19 at Webster Hall (125 East 11th Street) in the East Village. Tamara Tunie, perhaps best known as the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida (among more credits listed below) and Hamish Linklater, an Obie winner who is currently starring in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, will preside over the annual theater awards.
Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater: Your 2014 OBIE Awards hosts!
Tickets will go on sale April 9 for the Village Voice's 59th Annual Obie Awards on Monday, May 19, 2014, at Webster Hall in the East Village, 125 East 11th Street.
Tunie is a distinguished actress whose many memorable stage performances include the lead in the Public Theater's Troilus and Cressida, while her film and television credits include Devil's Advocate, FLIGHT, City Hall, Snake Eyes, Eve's Bayou, The Caveman's Valentine, The Red Road, Law and Order: SVU, 24, Sex and The City and NYPD Blue.
Sharing the stage with Tunie will be Linklater, an Obie winner who is currently starring in the CBS comedy The Crazy Ones, opposite Robin Williams and recently starred in the HBO series The Newsroom. His theater performances include Seminar on Broadway and many appearances for the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater, where he will be seen this summer in Much Ado About Nothing for NYSF. On film Linklater can next be seen in The Angriest Man in Brooklyn and Woody Allen's Magic in the Moonlight, both to be released in 2014.
The 2014 Obies are honored to have, among those who will be presenting Obie Awards, the following performers who have made or are currently making a notable impact on New York's theatrical scene:
Betsy Aidem, an Obie winner for Sustained Excellence of Performance, who can currently be seen on Broadway playing Lady Bird Johnson opposite Bryan Cranston's LBJ in All the Way. Her New York stage appearances include Nikolai and the Others (Lincoln Center), Dreams of Flying, Celebration, Sea of Tranquility (Atlantic) among others. Film and TV work includes: Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret & You Can Count on Me, The Bleeding House, The Americans, The Big C, Rescue Me, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order.
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Stephen Trask, co-creator and Obie winner for Music and Lyrics of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig is back on Broadway this season. Stephen is also the orchestrator for the Broadway production of Rocky. Since 2003, Stephen has been scoring films on both the independent and studio level for directors as diverse as Tom McCarthy, Paul Weitz, Todd Graff, Tamara Jenkins, Jon Kasdan, Robert Benton, Sean Anders, Bill Condon, Alan Poul, Tom Vaughn, Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman. Stephen has recorded and performed with alt rock n' roll royalty such as Stone Temple Pilots, Bob Mould, Sleater-Kinney, Yoko Ono, Debbie Harry, and Lene Lovitch.
The 2014 Obie Awards are chaired by Michael Feingold, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Criticism and George Jean Nathan Award winner, who began contributing to the Village Voice in 1971 and served as its chief theater critic from 1983 to 2013.
Feingold's fellow judges include: Kirsten Child, whose musical The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin won her, in addition to the Obie, the Kleban, Larson, and Rodgers Awards; Nicky Paraiso, Director of Programming for The Club at La MaMa and curator of the annual La MaMa Moves!; Tonya Pinkins, the Tony and Obie Award-winning actress, who has appeared in television and film but whose first love is theater; Michael Sommers, who currently covers the New York theater scene for New Jersey Newsroom and is a freelance reviewer of regional theater for The New York Times; and Rick Sordelet, an award-winning and prolific fight director with 60 Broadway productions and 54 first-class productions on five continents to his credit.
For the past 59 years, the Village Voice Obie Awards, founded by Jerry Tallmer in 1956, have honored the best of Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. Structured with informal categories that change annually, the Village Voice Obie Awards recognize persons and productions of excellence. Unlike most theater awards, the Village Voice Obie Awards list no nominations publicly. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges may give several Obies in each category, and may even invent new categories to reward exceptional artistic merit.
Many of the most celebrated names in theater, film, and television say their Obie Award was the first major recognition of their professional career. Past winners include such well-known stars as Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Felicity Huffman, Viola Davis, Kevin Kline, Nathan Lane, Tony Kushner, Kathy Bates, James Earl Jones, Edward Norton, and Sigourney Weaver, to name a few.
Because the Obies always strive to recognize artists of exceptional ability early in their careers, the award often serves to encourage, support, and in some sense nurture youthful talent. The Obies help shine an important light on theater artists who are breaking new ground, or just breaking through in their careers. In addition, the Obies honor those who have given years of service to the theater, with awards for Sustained Excellence and Lifetime Achievement.
Tickets for the Village Voice's 59th Annual Obie Awards are $25 general admission Balcony and will go on sale April 9th at http://obies.villagevoice.com/2014/.
The ceremony begins at 8 p.m. sharp and will be held at Webster Hall. For more information, please visit http://obies.villagevoice.com/2014/.
The Obie Awards are presented by Stella Artois, and also sponsored by Barefoot & Bubbly Wine, Verizon FIOS and Frames. The awards are benefiting the Obie winning non-profit Alliance of Resident Theaters A.R.T./ New York.