The 59th annual Village Voice Obie Awards will be presented on May 19 at a ceremony to be held at Webster Hall. The event honors outstanding achievement in off-Broadway and off-off Broadway and this year's judging panel will include Tony winner Tonya Pinkins. Michael Feingold, chief theater critic for the Voice, will serve as Obie Chairman.
Unlike most awards, the Obies do not publicize nominations or employ rigid categories. Joining Pinkins and Feingold on the panel will be Voice critic Alexis Soloski, musical theater writer Kristen Childs, La MaMa director of programming Nicky Paraiso, writer Michael Sommers and fight director Rick Sordelet.
The event's host and presenters will be announced in due course.