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'Stuff,' 'Inishmore,' 'Chow' Win Obies

The Obies continued its tradition of rewarding theatre with a political bite on Monday when it honored Stuff Happens with three awards and gave playwright Martin McDonagh an award for The Lieutenant of Inishmore, a gruesome satire on the nature of violence.

In addition to Inishmore, Rolin Jones' The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, about an agoraphobic Chinese-American woman who searches for her biological parents, also won an award for playwriting.

Christine Ebersole received an Obie for her performance in the musical Grey Gardens, a turn that has already earned her honors from the Drama League, the New York Drama Critics, and the Outer Critics Circle. S. Epatha Merkerson (Birdie Blue), Dana Ivey (Mrs. Warren's Profession), and Sherie Rene Scott (Landscape of the Body) also won Obies, which honor work for Off-Broadway and are administered by The Village Voice.

Stuff Happens, a play by David Hare about how the U.S. and Britain entered the Iraq war, received awards for acting (Peter Francis James, Byron Jennings) and directing (Daniel Sullivan).

John Clancy, a co-founder of the New York International Fringe Festival, was given an award for sustained excellence in directing. Reed Birney, who has replaced Jennings as Tony Blair in Stuff, was given an Obie for sustained excellence in performing.

PERFORMANCE

S. Epatha Merkerson for her performance Birdie Blue

Ari Fliakos for his performance Poor Theater: A Series of Simulacra

Scott Shepherd for his performance Poor Theater: A Series of Simulacra

Gary Wilmes for his performance Red Light Winter

Dana Ivey for her performance Mrs. Warren's Profession

Christine Ebersole for her performance Grey Gardens

Euan Morton for his performance Measure for Pleasure

Lois Smith for her performance The Trip to Bountiful

Edwin Lee Gibson for his performance The Seven

Sherie Rene Scott for her performance Landscape of the Body

Julie White for her performance The Little Dog Laughed

Peter Francis James for his performance Stuff Happens

Byron Jennings for his performance Stuff Happens

Marin Ireland for her performance Cyclone

Michael Cumpsty for his performance Hamlet

Reed Birney Sustained Excellence of Performance

Meg MacCary for her performance What Then

DIRECTION

Daniel Sullivan for his direction Stuff Happens

John Clancy for Sustained Excellence of Direction

PLAYWRITING

Rolin Jones Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

Martin McDonagh The Lieutenant Of Inishmore

DESIGN

Anita Yavich Sustained Excellence of Costume Design

Allen Moyer Sustained Excellence of Set Design

NTUSA Design of Abacus Black Strikes Now

SPECIAL CITATIONS

Nikkole Salter

In the Continuum

Danai Gurira

In the Continuum

Robert O'Hara

In the Continuum

Adam Rapp

Red Light Winter

Jane Moss, Jon Nakagawa, Ricky Ian Gordon and Doug Varone

Orpheus and Euridyce

Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen & Michael Berresse

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THE ROSS WETZSTEON MEMORIAL AWARD $2000 Grant

Ross Wetzsteon Memorial Award- Soho Repertory Theater

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Eric Bentley

Emerging Theater Grants

Edge Theater Company ($3000)

Red Bull Theater ($3000)

Billie Holiday Theatre ($3000)

Emerging Playwright Grants

Rinne Groff ($1000)

Neena Beber ($1000)

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