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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

  • Seth Allen


Best Director

  • Tom O'Horgan


Best Lighting

  • John Dodd

    "The White Whore," "The Madness of Lady Bright," "Charles Dickens' `Christmas Carol"'

Distinguished Plays

  • Sam Shepard

    La Turista

  • Rochelle Owens


  • Henry Livings


Distinguished Performances

  • Tom Aldredge

    "Measure for Measure," "Stock Up on Pepper Cause Turkey's Going to War"

  • Terry Kiser

    Fortune and Men's Eyes

  • Stacy Keach


  • Robert Salvio


  • Robert Bonnard

    The Chairs

  • Rip Torn

    The Deer Park

  • Neil Flanagan

    The Madness of Lady Bright

  • Eddie McCarty


  • Bette Henritze

    "Measure for Measure," the Wilder plays, "The Distinguished Person," "The Rimers of Eldrich"

  • Alvin Epstein

    Dynamite Tonite

Special Citations

  • Tom Sankey for conceiving, writing, and performing

    The Golden Screw

  • The Second Story Players

    for consistent seriousness of purpose and superior standards of production

  • The Open Theatre

    for maintaining a laboratory where a company of actors, directors, and playwright confront the limits of contemporary theatre experience

  • La Mama Troupe

    for presenting a repertory of distinguished Off-Off-Broadway plays to European audiences

  • Jeff Weiss Joseph Cino Memorial Award, for his plays and for his performances in both

    `And That's How the Rent Gets Paid" and "A Funny Walk Home"

Obie Committee

  • Robert Pasolli, Michael Smith, Ross Wetzsteon

Hosts & Presenters


Barbara Harris