2018 Obie Award Winners

Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night won the award for Best New American Play, and $1,000, at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards, celebrating Off and Off-Off-Broadway Theater, which spread the love around. Obies went to three directors, four playwrights and a dozen actors.

Complete list:

Best New American Play ($1,000 prize)
Rajiv Joseph, Describe the Night(Atlantic Theater Company)


Aleshea Harris,Is God Is(Soho Rep)
Amy Herzog, Mary Jane(New York Theatre Workshop)
Abe Koogler, Fulfillment Center(Manhattan Theatre Club)
Dominique Morisseau, Pipeline(Lincoln Center Theater)

Jesse Berger, The Government Inspector(Red Bull Theater)
Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane(New York Theatre Workshop)
Taibi Magar, Is God Is(Soho Rep)


Sean Carvajal & Edi Gathegi,Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre Company)

Carrie Coon,Mary Jane(New York Theatre Workshop)
Alfie Fuller & Dame-Jasmine Hughes, Is God Is(Soho Rep)

Denise Gough,People, Places & Things(National Theatre/Headlong/St. Ann’s Warehouse)

Will Swenson,Jerry Springer – The Opera(The New Group)

Chukwudi Iwuji,The Low Road(The Public Theater)

Robert Sean Leonard,At Home at the Zoo(Signature Theatre Company)

Jessica Hecht,Admissions(Lincoln Center Theater)

Ben Edelman,Admissions(Lincoln Center Theater)

Billy Crudup,Harry Clarke(Vineyard Theatre/Audible)


Lap Chi Chu, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design

Sarah Laux, Costume Design,Jerry Springer – The Opera(The New Group)

The Design Team,He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box(Theatre for a New Audience)

Christopher Barreca(Set Design),Justin Ellington(Sound Design), Donald Holder(Lighting Design), Montana Levi Blanco(Costume Design), Austin Switser(Video Design)

Special Citations

Ariane Mnouchkine & Theatre du Soleil,A Room in India (Park Avenue Armory)

The Cast and Creative Team,Yerma( Park Avenue Armory)

Simon Stone(Director),Lizzie Clachan(Set Design), Alice Babidge(Costume Design), James Farncombe(Lighting Design),Stefan Gregory(Sound Design); Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell,John

MacMillan,Billie Piper, Charlotte Randle, Thalissa Teixeira(Cast)

David Greenspan, Jack Cummings III, & Transport Group,Strange Interlude(Transport Group)

The Ross Wetzsteon Award ($3,000 prize)

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Obie Grants ($6,000 prize each)

Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre

York Theatre Company, for its Musicals in MuftiSeries

Lifetime Achievement Award

Kathleen Chalfant

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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