The 55th Annual Village Voice Obies Awards

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Up and coming playright Annie Baker was at the forefront of the Awards winnings on Monday honored for her two plays from the 2009-10 season . Earning acclaim in the category of new American play for a pair of works: “Circle Mirror Transformation,” which had a successful run at Playwrights Horizons earlier this season, and “The Aliens,” now running at Rattlestick. The “Circle Mirror” ensemble went home with a joint acting award, and Sam Gold, as Director of both “Circle Mirror” and “Aliens,” thanked the Obies for his nod.

The less formal awards show has no announced nominees or categories , which adds to the excitement of the winners and their fans along with providing a flexible field for the players to earn recognition

Cash prizes of $1,000 known as the ross Wetzsteon Award were Given to the Foundry Theater, Which has been known for its productions of off broadway pieces since 1994. Obie Grants went to The Harlem School of the Arts, Ontological Incubator ( the emerging-artist wing of the Ontological-Hysteric ) & The Vampire Cowboys.

The Evening’s entertainment included a performance by the cast and musicians of “Fela!,” the Tony-nominated Broadway tuner that picked up an Obie last year for its original Off Broadway staging.

Distinguished Judges of the Obies included Martha Plimpton, HERE Arts Center a.d. Kristin Marting, Ma-Yi Theater, Ralph B. Pena and Journalists Michael Feingold, Alexis Soloski and Andy Propst.

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