Supporting creative work by women
A big shout out to Annie Baker for winning the Best New American Play Obie for Circle Mirror Transformation and The Aliens and the accompanying $1,000 cash prize. What great recognition for the most talked about playwright of the past season. I couldn’t walk two blocks last fall without someone mentioning how much they identified with Circle Mirror Transformation. The Aliens proved a fine follow-up. Circle Mirror Transformation‘s ensemble (Reed Birney, Tracee Chimo, Peter Friedman, Deirdre O’Connell and Heidi Schreck) was also recognized with a performance Obie.
Kudos to all the Obie Award winners, who were feted at Village Voice’s 55th Annual ceremony on Monday, May 17th at Webster Hall in New York City. You may see a full list here.
Since we are the Works by Women blog, we want to give special note to the women who took home prizes: Laurie Metcalf (Performance for A Lie of the Mind), Juliet Rylance (Performance for As You Like It), Pam McKinnon (Direction for Clybourne Park), Ariadne Mnouchkine (Special Citation for LES ÉPHÉMÈRES),Gemma Carrington (Design Music for Projection Design, Brief Encounter) and Rachel Chavkin (Special Citation for Three Pianos). The Foundry Theatre with Melanie Joseph as the Artistic Producer received The Ross Wetzsteon Award and a check for $1,000.