The Obies were judged by a committee of six, chaired by Michael Feingold, chief theater critic of The Village Voice. Joining him were Voice critic Alexis Soloski and four guest judges: Critic Hilton Als of The New Yorker; playwright David Henry Hwang, a three-time Obie Award winner for his plays F.O.B., Golden Child, and Yellow Face; director Evan Yionoulis, an Obie award winner for her production of Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain; and critic Andy Propst, of TheaterMania AmericanTheaterWeb.com (also a frequent Voice contributor), who served as secretary to the committee.
THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY, by Kristoffer Diaz, received the Obie Award for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1000 check. Repertorio Espanol and its co-founder and artistic director, René Buch, received the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement. A complete list of awards is given below.
Design Jill BC Du Boff, sustained excellence of sound design Donyale Werle, sustained excellence of set design
Special Citations design and choreography, SLEEP NO MORE (Punchdrunk Theatre) Felix Barrett, Livi Vaughan, Beatrice Minns, Maxine Doyle, Stephen Dobbie, Euan Maybank, and David Israel Reynoso Young Jean Lee, WE'RE GONNA DIE (13P / Joe's Pub) debbie tucker green and Leah C. Gardiner, BORN BAD (Soho Rep)
Obie Grants ($2,500 to each theater) METROPOLITAN PLAYHOUSE
The Ross Wetzsteon Award (includes $1,000 check) BELARUS FREE THEATRE