Village Voice Announces Winners of 59th Annual Obie Awards, Names Tom Sellar Lead Theater Critic
The Village Voice presented its 59th annual Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater, at a ceremony earlier tonight at Webster Hall in Greenwich Village. The festivities were co-hosted by Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. Among the presenters: Betsy Aidem, Harvey Fierstein, Lena Hall, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Andy Karl, David Bar Katz, Cristin Milioti, Kelli O'Hara, Lily Rabe and Stephen Trask.
Sandy Honig 2014 Obie Awards hosts Tamara Tunie and Hamish Linklater. See more photos.
Highlights of the 2014 Obies included the Lifetime Achievement Award, which Kelli O'Hara presented to Estelle Parsons, 86, for her extraordinary, multifaceted life in the theater. In a statement read aloud by Andy Karl, star of the Broadway production of Rocky, Al Pacino apologized for not being able to attend and hailed Parsons as "a guiding light, a force, and a genius actor." Pacino was returning a favor: Parsons presented him with an Obie back in 1968.
Jena Cumbo for the Village Voice Estelle Parsons
At the other end of the temporal spectrum, Sydney Lucas, 10, became the youngest recipient in Obies history when she won an award for her performance in the Off-Broadway musical Fun Home. The show was also honored in the Musical Theater category, with an Obie for author Lisa Kron, composer Jeanine Tesori and director Sam Gold.
During the ceremony, Lucas performed a song from Fun Home, "Ring of Keys."
Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who received an Obie for Best New American Play, is featured on the cover of this week's Village Voice, available late tomorrow (Tuesday). The Voice's new lead theater critic, Tom Sellar, profiles Jacobs-Jenkins in a feature story for the Obies issue. Also inside: an essay by Obies chairman Michael Feingold, and a profile of Lifetime Achievement Award winner Estelle Parsons, written by Dennis Brown.
A complete list of award winners is on the next page.