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The 1960s saw the beginnings of Edward Albee with his first play, The Zoo Story, receiving an Obie. Colleen Dewhurst, Samuel Beckett, and Robert Duvall were just a few who garnered the award, while an up and coming Dustin Hoffman received the Obie for his performance in The Exhaustion of Our Son's Love.


Best Actor

  • James Earl Jones

    Clandestine on the Morning Line, The Apple, Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

Best Actress

  • Barbara Harris

    Oh, Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad

Best American Play

  • Frank D. Gilroy

    Who'll Save the Plowboy?

Best Foreign Play

  • Samuel Beckett (Walter Kerr abstaining)

    Happy Days

Best Musical

  • C. Jackson, James Hatch and Jerome Eskow

    Fly Blackbird

Best Set

  • Norris Houghton

    Who'll Save the Plowboy?

Distinguished Performances (Actors)

  • Clayton Corzatte

    APA Repertory

  • Geoff Garland

    The Hostage

  • Gerald O'Loughlin

    Who'll Save the Plowboy?

  • Paul Roebling

    This Side of Paradise

Distinguished Performances (Actresses)

  • Sudie Bond

    Theatre of the Absurd

  • Vinnette Carroll

    Moon on a Rainbow Shawl

  • Rosemary Harris

    APA Repertory

  • Ruth White

    Happy Days

Special Citations

  • Ellis Rabb

    for conceiving and maintaining the Association of Producing Artists (APA) , The Hostage

  • The Hostage

    for using the best possibilities of Off Broadway to convey the essence of Brendan Behan

Obie Committee

  • Edward Albee

  • Jerry Tallmer

  • Walter Kerr

Hosts & Presenters


Lotte Lenya