2007 Obie Awards to be hosted by T.R. Knight and Cynthia Nixon
T.R. Knight, a member of the acting company of Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, and Cynthia Nixon who has been performing on stage since the age of 14, will co-host the 52nd Annual Village Voice Obie Awards in Manhattan on 21 May 2007 at New York University's Skirball Center.
Mr. Knight has been seen on the stage in roles including Richard Miller in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness! and as Amadeus in Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus." On the New York stage he has played Tim Allgood in Noises Off, Damis in Tartuffe, Joe in This Lime Tree Bower and Brendan Hilliard in Anto Scattergood.
Nixon was last seen off-Broadway in the title role of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. She recently appeared in the play Rabbit Hole. Prior to that, she was performed the role of Mary Haines in a revival of The Women.
At 14, Nixon made her stage debut as Dinah Lord in The Philadelphia Story at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater. At 15, she was directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louis Malle in the title role of John Guare's Lydie Breeze. At age 18 she appeared simultaneously in two Broadway productions, David Rabe's Hurlyburly and Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing, both directed by Mike Nichols.
The Obies were established in 1955 by the Village Voice theater editor Jerry Tallmer. They are picked by a committee of critics (always including at least 2 VV staff critics) and theatre professionals who know the field. There are a few set awards - Lifetime Achievement, Best New American Play - but no set categories.
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