The 2020 Obie Award winners have been announced. The complete list is as follows.
Will Arbery, Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Michael R. Jackson, A Strange Loop
Haruna Lee, Suicide Forest
Direction JoAnne Akalaitis, MUD/Drowning
Kenny Leon, Much Ado About Nothing
Whitney White, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
Les Waters, Sustained Excellence in Direction
Camille A. Brown, Sustained Excellence in Choreography
Liza Colón-Zayas and Elizabeth Rodriguez, Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Emily Davis, Is This A Room
Edmund Donovan, Greater Clements
April Matthis, Toni Stone
Joe Ngo, Cambodian Rock Band
Deirdre O’Connell, Dana H.
Yu-Hsuan Chen, Set Design, Our Dear Dead Drug Lord
Mikhail Fiksel, Sound Design, Dana H.
Andrea Hood, Costume Design with Public Works
Arnulfo Maldonado, Sustained Excellence in Set Design
Jen Schriever, Sustained Excellence in Lighting Design
Creative Team and Ensemble of Heroes of the Fourth Turning: Jeb Kreager, Julia McDermott, Michele Pawk, Zoë Winters, John Zdrojeski (Ensemble), Laura Jellinek (Set Design), Sarafina Bush (Costume Design), Isabella Byrd (Lighting Design), Justin Ellington (Sound Design), Danya Taymor (Director)
Creative Team and Ensemble of A Strange Loop: Antwayn Hopper, James Jackson, Jr., L Morgan Lee, John-Michael Lyles, John-Andrew Morrison, Larry Owens, Jason Veasey, Elijah Caldwell (Ensemble), Stephen Brackett (Director), Raja Feather Kelly (Choreographer), Arnulfo Maldonado (Scenic Design), Montana Levi Blanco (Costume Design), Jen Schriever (Lighting Design), Alex Hawthorn (Sound Design), Cookie Jordan (Hair, Wig, and Makeup Design), Charlie Rosen (Orchestrations), Rona Siddiqui (Music Director), Michael R. Jackson (Vocal Arrangements)
David Cale, for the Writing and Performance of We’re Only Alive For A Short Amount of Time
Dave Malloy, Or Matias, and Hidenori Nakajo for their collaboration on the Music and Sound of Octet
David Neumann and Marcella Murray, for the Creation and Performance of Distances Smaller Than This Are Not Confirmed
Tina Satter, for the Conception and Direction of Is This A Room
Alexandria Wailes, for Sustained Excellence as an Artist and Advocate
AAPAC (Asian American Performers Action Coalition) for advocacy in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion
Michael Feingold, for his Extraordinary Service to the Theater
National Black Theatre, for Sustained Excellence in Production and continued Advocacy on behalf of Black Artists
Page 73, for Providing Extraordinary Support for Early Career Playwrights
The Tank, for Providing Extraordinary Support for Emerging Artists
The Obies are presented by the American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice.
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Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare are among the first to be set for the pandemic-themed thriller Songbird. Deadline revealed last month that Songbird would be shot in Los Angeles, one of the first films to begin production.
The film was set up by Adam Goodman and Andrew Sugerman’s Invisible Narratives in partnership with Catchlight Studios and Michael Bay. Adam Mason (Into The Dark) is directing a script he co-wrote with Simon Boyes. Production will utilize strict social distancing practices and innovative techniques that will allow for shooting to begin imminently. The filmmakers are providing remote training for the actors. ICM Partners and Endeavor Content are repping sales at Virtual Cannes and they have prepared a proof of concept presentation. This cast certainly will help find a home for the modestly budgeted film.
Songbird is a taut thriller in the spirit of Paranormal Activity and Cloverfield. It takes place two years in the future, and the pandemic has not gone away. Lockdowns have been rolled back and then reinstated and it becomes even more serious as the virus continues to mutate. Songbird is also a love story. Told from street level through the eyes of the characters, In a feeble attempt to keep the sickness contained, the city has been bisected into haves and have nots. The film centers around an essential worker who has a rare immunity, a delivery man who delivers goods and hope throughout the city. Like the vast majority of the population, his girlfriend is locked within her home, and the couple has no ability to physically be together. To be with the one he loves, the protagonist must overcome martial law, murderous vigilantes and a powerful, well connected family, helmed by a matriarch (played by Moore) who will stop at nothing to protect her family and maintain her way of life. Songbird is a story about the resilience of the human spirit and the idea that hope is worth fighting for.
Moore is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Gang, Tyre; Robinson is repped by Mark Schulman from 3 Arts, Jay Gassner at UTA and Julian Zajfen at Ziffren Brittenham. Hauser is represented by CAA, Artists First and Schreck Rose Dapello and Stormare by Davien Littlefield Management.
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Comedy Supporting Actor – Ser Anzoategui, Carlos Miranda
Comedy Supporting Actress – Roberta Colindrez, Chelsea Rendon
Drama Actor – Tom Payne, Michael Sheen
Drama Actress – Bellamy Young
Drama Supporting Actor – Frank Harts, Lou Diamond Phillips
Drama Supporting Actress – Keiko Agena, Halston Sage
Drama Guest Actor – Dermot Mulroney
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Movie/Limited Supporting Actor – Jordan Elsass, Joshua Jackson, Gavin Lewis
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