OKLAHOMA!, CONSTITUTION And More Take Home 2019 Obie Awards

By: May. 20, 2019
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OKLAHOMA!, CONSTITUTION And More Take Home 2019 Obie Awards

Winners of the 64th Annual Obie Awards were announced this evening in a ceremony held at New York City's Terminal 5.

Heidi Schreck's What the Constitution Means to Me, produced by New York Theatre Workshop, received the Obie Award for Best New American Play, which is accompanied by a $1,000 prize.

Artistic Director of New York Theatre Workshop, James C. Nicola, and Artistic Director and founder of Theatre For A New Audience, Jeffrey Horowitz received special Obie Awards for Lifetime Achievement.

Golden Globe winning "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" creator and star Rachel Bloom hosted this year's ceremony, which was held at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street). A complete list of the awards is listed below.

The evening's festivities, which were live-streamed on the official Obie Awards Twitter account www.twitter.com/ObieAwards, also included an opening number featuring Obies host Rachel Bloom.

In addition, special performances were given by two-time Tony Award winner Patti LuPone who surprised audiences in a special comedy bit alongside Rachel Bloom, Tony Award nominee Damon Daunno who performed "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'" from the Tony Award nominated revival of Rogers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!, Margo Seibert who performed "Both Sides Now" as part of the In Memoriam, and a special performance from STOMP, to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

The production team for the 2019 Obie Awards included Eric Cornell (Line Producer), E. Cameron Holsinger (Production Stage Manager), Mike Baldassari (Lighting Designer), Mike Tracey (Sound Designer), and Adam J. Thompson (Video Designer).

Music was provided by Adam Schlesinger and the "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" band.

See all the winners below!

Best New American Play ($1,000 prize)
Heidi Schreck, What the Constitution Means to Me (New York Theatre Workshop)

Marcus Gardley, The House That Will Not Stand (New York Theatre Workshop)

Madeleine George, Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop)

Suzan-Lori Parks, White Noise (The Public Theater)

Jo Bonney, Sustained Excellence of Directing

Leigh Silverman, Sustained Excellence of Directing

Stevie Walker Webb, Ain't No Mo' (The Public Theater)


Mia Barron, Hurricane Diane (New York Theatre Workshop)

Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Sustained Excellence of Performance

Cherise Boothe, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company)

Francis Jue, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)

Heather Alicia Simms, Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Signature Theatre Company) and By The Way, Meet Vera Stark (Signature Theatre Company)


Dede M. Ayite, Sustained Excellence in Costume Design

Isabella Byrd, Lighting Design, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire (New York Theatre Workshop)

Palmer Hefferan, Sustained Excellence in Sound Design

Cookie Jordan, Sustained Excellence in Hair, Wigs, and Makeup

Clint Ramos, Set Design, Wild Goose Dreams (The Public Theater)

Louisa Thompson Sustained Excellence in Scenic Design

Special Citations

Clare Barron (Playwright) and Lee Sunday Evans (Director), Dance Nation (Playwrights Horizons)

Jordan E. Cooper for Playwrighting & Performance, Ain't No Mo' (The Public Theater)

Jackie Sibblies Drury (Playwright) and Lileana Blain Cruz (Director), Marys Seacole (LCT3)

The Cast and Creative Team, The Jungle (St. Ann's Warehouse); Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson (Playwrights), Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin (Directors), Miriam Buether (Set Design), Catherine Kodicek (Costume Design), Jon Clark (Lighting Design), Paul Arditti (Sound Design), John Pfumojena (Composition), Tristan Shepherd and Duncan McLean (Video Design); Mohammad Amiri, Alexander Devrient, Elham Ehsas, Trevor Fox, Milan Ghobsheh, Ammar Haj Ahmad, Alex Lawther, Jo McInnes, Yasin Moradi, Jonathan Nyati, John Pfumojena, Rachel Redford, Dominic Rowan, Rachid Sabitri, Mohamed Sarrar, Ben Turner, Nahel Tzegai, Vera Gurpinar, Annika Mehta (Ensemble)

The Director and Creative Team, Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse); Daniel Fish (Director), John Heginbotham (Choreographer), Daniel Kluger (Music Arrangements/Orchestrations), Laura Jellinek (Set Design), Terese Wadden (Costume Design), Scott Zielinski (Lighting Design), Drew Levy (Sound Design), Joshua Thorson (Production Design)

Obie Grants ($4,000 prize each)

The Movement Theatre Company

Target Margin Theater

WP Theater

The Ross Wetzsteon Award ($3,000 prize)


Lifetime Achievement Award

James C. Nicola

Jeffrey Horowitz

The judges' panel for the 64th Annual Obie Awards, chaired as in previous years by longtime Village Voice critic Michael Feingold, included Obie-winning director Arin Arbus, Obie-winning scenic designer Rachel Hauck, Obie-winning scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez, two-time Obie-winning playwright Rajiv Joseph, Obie-winning actress Kecia Lewis, and New York Stage Review theater critic Jesse Oxfeld.

For more information, visit www.ObieAwards.com.