Obie Awards 2018... And the Winners are...

Rajiv Joseph's Describe the Night was honored with the Obie Award for "Best New American Play" at the 63rd Annual Obie Awards.

Zach Grenier, Danny Burstein & Tina Benko in Describe the Night

Last night The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice presented The 63rd Annual Obie Awards at Terminal 5 on West 56th Street, hosted by Emmy and Obie Award winner John Leguizamo. Rajiv Joseph’s Describe the Night received the Obie Award for "Best New American Play," along with a $1,000 prize. And as previously reportedKathleen Chalfant was honored with a special Obie for Lifetime Achievement.

Check out our full list of Obie winners below...

Best New American Play ($1,000 prize)
Rajiv Joseph, Describe the Night (Atlantic Theater Company)

Playwriting
Aleshea Harris, Is God Is (Soho Rep)
Amy Herzog, Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)
Abe Koogler, Fulfillment Center (Manhattan Theatre Club)
Dominique Morisseau, Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theater)

Directing
Jesse Berger, The Government Inspector (Red Bull Theater)
Anne Kauffman, Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)
Taibi Magar, Is God Is (Soho Rep)

Performance
Sean Carvajal and Edi Gathegi, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train (Signature Theatre Company)
Carrie Coon, Mary Jane (New York Theatre Workshop)
Alfie Fuller and Dame-Jasmine Hughes, Is God Is (Soho Rep)
Denise Gough, People, Places & Things (National Theatre/Headlong/St. Ann's Warehouse)
Will Swenson, Jerry Springer — The Opera (The New Group)
Chukwudi Iwuji, The Low Road (The Public Theater)
Robert Sean Leonard, At Home at the Zoo (Signature Theatre Company)
Jessica Hecht, Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater)
Ben Edelman, Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater)
Billy Crudup, Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/Minetta Lane Theatre)

Design
Lap Chi Chu, Sustained Excellence of Lighting Design
Sarah Laux, Costume Design, Jerry Springer — The Opera (The New Group)
The design team of He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box (Theatre for a New Audience): Christopher Barreca (set design), Justin Ellington (sound design), Donald Holder (lighting design), Montana Levi Blanco (costume design) and Austin Switser (video design)

Special Citations
Ariane Mnouchkine and Theatre du Soleil, A Room in India (Park Avenue Armory)
The cast and creative team of Yerma (Park Avenue Armory): Simon Stone (director), Lizzie Clachan (set design), Alice Babidge (costume design), James Farncombe (lighting design), Stefan Gregory (sound design); Maureen Beattie, Brendan Cowell, John MacMillan, Billie Piper, Charlotte Randle and Thalissa Teixeira (cast)
David Greenspan, Jack Cummings III and Transport Group, Strange Interlude

The Ross Wetzsteon Award ($3,000 prize)
Ma-Yi Theater Company

Obie Grants ($6,000 prize each)
Pan-Asian Repertory Theatre
York Theatre Company, for its Musicals in Mufti series

Lifetime Achievement Award
Kathleen Chalfant

For the past 63 years the OBIE Awards have honored the best of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway. Structured with informal categories that change annually, The Obie Awards recognize persons and productions of excellence. Unlike most theatre awards, the Obie Awards have no nominations.

(Photo by Ahron R. Foster)