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

Both Ms. Sternhagen and Ms. Smith have previously received Obie Awards for individual performances, along with numerous other awards and honors; both are widely known and cherished members of New York's theater community. Together their joint careers represent some 120 years of creative contribution to our national culture. Each, this year, took on a major role in a brand-new play Off-Broadway, Ms. Smith in Sam Shepard's Heartless (Pershing Square Signature Center) and Ms. Sternhagen in Liz Flahive's The Madrid (Manhattan Theatre Club).

Meryl Streep will present the Lifetime Achievement Obies to Lois Smith and Frances Sternhagen. Ms. Streep's numerous Off-Broadway credits include her Obie Award-winning 1981 performance in The Public Theater production of Alice in Concert.

For the past 58 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 58th Annual Obie Awards are $ 25 general admission and will go on sale April 10 at obies.villagevoice.com. The ceremony begins at 8pm sharp and will be held at Webster Hall. For more information, visit obies.villagevoice.com.

The Obie Awards are presented by STELLA ARTOIS and benefiting A.R.T./ New York (Alliance of Residence Theaters).

The Village Voice has independently produced and created such celebrated events as the Choice Eats, Obies Awards, 4Knots Music Festival, Choice Streets, Web Awards, Brooklyn Pour, as well as the most anticipated issues and guides of the year including the annual Pazz and Jop music poll, Best of NYC, and its Spring, Summer, and Fall Preview guides. The Voice is New York's most influential must-read alternative newspaper in print and online. For more information on the Voice or its events, visit us online at www.villagevoice.com.

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