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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 Performance

  • Gloria Foster

    In White America

Best Direction

  • Judith Malina

    The Brig

Best Play

  • Samuel Beckett


Best American Play

  • LeRoi Jones


Best Design

  • Julian Beck

    The Brig

Best Music

  • Al Carmines

    "Home Movies" and "What Happened"

Best Production (Play)

  • Living Theatre

    The Brig

Best Production (Musical)

  • Judson Poets Theatre

    What Happened

Distinguished Performances

  • Taylor Mead

    The General Returns from One Place to Another

  • Ronald Weyand

    The Lesson

  • Philip Bruns

    Mr. Simian

  • Marian Seldes

    The Ginger Man

  • Lee Grant

    The Maids

  • Joyce Ebert

    The Trojan Women

  • Jack Warden


  • Estelle Parsons

    "Next Time I'll Sing to You" and "In the Summer House"

  • Diana Sands

    The Living Premise

  • David Hurst

    A Month in the Country

Distinguished Plays

  • Rosalyn Drexler

    Home Movies

  • Adrienne Kennedy

    Funnyhouse of a Negro

Distinguished Direction

  • Lawrence Kornfeld

    What Happened

Special Citations

  • Judson Memorial Church

    for its sponsorship of experiment and experimenters in the performing arts, through the Judson Poets' Theatre and the Judson Dance Theatre

Obie Committee

  • Richard Gilman, Gordon Rogoff, Michael Smith

Hosts & Presenters


Colleen Dewhurst