The Village Voice Announces Judges for the 51ST Annual OBIE Awards

Awards honor Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions

New York, N.Y. –September 28, 2005–The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce the judges for the 2005-2006 Obie Awards. For 50 years the The Village Voice Obie Awards 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 do not have nominations. 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 artistic merit.

This year, the Obie committee includes: Obie-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, Obie-winning actor for sustained excellence Didi O’Connell, Obie-winning director David Herskovits, playwright and head of Columbia University graduate playwriting program Eduardo Machado, critic and Yale School of Drama professor Marc Robinson, Village Voice Chief Theater Critic Michael Feingold, Village Voice theater critic Alexis Soloski, and Village Voice theater editor and Chairman of the 2005-06 Obie Awards Committee Jorge Morales.

The award ceremony will be held in May 2006 in New York City.

About The Village Voice:
Founded in 1955, The Village Voice introduced free form, high-spirited and passionate journalism into the public discourse. Writing and reporting on local and national politics, arts, music, film, dance, and theater, the Voice has foreshadowed virtually every important cultural and political trend. The recipient of three Pulitzer prizes and scores of other awards for reporting and criticism, the Voice is known for its groundbreaking investigations. In addition to publishing the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, The Village Voice publishes a popular daily web site

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