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Tickets Go on Sale 4/10 for 2013 Obie Awards Ceremony

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The Village Voice, the nation's largest alternative weekly newspaper, announced today that tickets will go on sale April 10, 2013 for the 58th Annual Obie Awards on Monday, May 20, 2013, at Webster Hall in the East Village, 125 East 11th Street.

The Obies will be co-hosted by the distinguished actress Jessica Hecht, known for her many memorable performances on stage and television (most recently opposite Jim Parsons in Broadway's Harvey), and Jeremy Shamos, an Obie winner (and a Tony nominee for his performance in Clybourne Park). The two are currently starring together in the Broadway production of The Assembled Parties by Obie-winning playwright Richard Greenberg.

The 2013 Obies are honored to have as presenters the following notable actors whose performances have made a memorable impression on New York audiences: Bobby Cannavale, soon to be seen as Charlie Castle, the movie star with a dark secret, in Clifford Odets's Big Knife, (Roundabout Theater Company); Maggie Grace, who made her Broadway debut this season in Picnic, and is best known for her film and television roles in Taken, Twilight Breaking Dawn, Californication and Lost; Judith Light, award-winning stage actor, beloved television star; generous advocate and board member for numerous charities who can currently be seen on stage in The Assembled Parties (Manhattan Theatre Club); Aasif Mandvi, a correspondent for Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and a 1999 Obie winner for Sakina's Restaurant, seen on stage earlier this year in the critically acclaimed Disgraced (LCT3); Krysta Rodriguez, who appeared in the original cast of the Obie-winning musicals In the Heights and Spring Awakening, and subsequently as Wednesday in The Addams Family on Broadway, and on television in Smash and Gossip Girl; singer-composer Duncan Sheik, winner of two Tony Awards and a Grammy for the score of Spring Awakening, and whose new score for Bertolt Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle will be heard in May at Classic Stage Company; and Courtney B. Vance, a 1990 Obie winner for My Children! My Africa!, recipient of many honors for his work on stage, screen, and television, and who can currently be seen on Broadway starring opposite Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron's Lucky Guy.

The Village Voice's chief theater critic, two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Feingold has chaired the panel of judges, from criticism and the theatrical profession, who will select this year's award winners and grant recipients. His colleagues on the panel include Voice drama critic Alexis Soloski, a post-doctoral lecturer in literature humanities at Columbia; playwright Erin Courtney, an OBIE award-winner for her work A Map of Virtue; Mia Katigbak, artistic producing director and co-founder of the National Asian American Theatre Company; Tom Sellar editor of Theater magazine, published by the Yale School of Drama, where he is also professor of dramaturgy and dramatic criticism; and Leigh Silverman, a two-time OBIE Award winning director for In The Wake and Go Back To Where You Are.

With great pleasure, the Village Voice Obie Awards panel of judges has selected two venerated actresses as joint recipients of this year's Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. Obie Chairman, Michael Feingold said, "Like everyone else associated with the Obies, I am thrilled and delighted at the thought of honoring these two magnificent actresses together in this way. We are all longtime admirers of their work, not only Off-Broadway, but on Broadway and in film and television as well. Those of us on the judges' panel who have had the honor of working with one or both of these splendid artists, however briefly, did not need to contemplate the long resumes and lists of awards that each of them has accumulated in order to know how greatly they have enhanced our theatrical lives."

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