1970s Featured Image

A Chorus Line was a big hit in the mid 70s and Ain't Misbehavin' received a Special Citation and acclaim for Nell Carter.

Groucho Marx hosted at the Village Gate in 1972.

Rue McClanahan, Ruby Dee, James Woods, Nell Carter, Judd Hirsch were all winners, just to name a few.


Special Citations

  • Andrei Serban


  • The Royal Shakespeare Company


  • Charles Ludlam

    Professor Bedlam's Punch and Judy Show

  • The Henry Street Settlement

  • Charles Pierce

  • Mabou Mines

Special 20-year Obies

  • Judith Malina and Julian Beck

  • Ted Mann and the Circle in the Square

  • Joseph Papp

  • Ellen Stewart

    The Fantasticks


  • Ed Bullins

    The Taking of Miss Janie

  • Lanford Wilson

    The Mound Builders

  • Wallace Shawn

    Our Late Night

  • Sam Shepard



  • Reyno

    The First Breeze of Summer

  • Moses Gunn

    The First Breeze of Summer

  • Dick Latessa


  • Kevin McCarthy

    Harry Outside

  • Stephen D. Newman


  • Christopher Walken

    Kid Champion

  • Ian Trigger

    The True History of Squire Jonathan

  • Cara Duff-MacCormick

    Craig's Wife

  • Priscilla Smith


  • Tanya Berezin

    The Mound Builders

  • Tovah Feldshuh

    Yentl the Yeshiva Boy


  • Lawrence Konrfeld

    Listen to Me

  • Marshall W. Mason

    "Battle of Angels," "The Mound Builders"

  • Gilbert Moses

    The Taking of Miss Janie

Distinguished Set Design

  • Robert U. Taylor

    Robert U. Taylor

  • John Lee Beatty

    Down By River... Battle of Angels,The Mound Builders

Best New American Play

  • Leslie Lee

    The First Breeze of Summer

Obies Committee

  • Clive Barnes

  • Mel Gussow

  • Jack Kroll

  • Michael Feingold

  • Julius Novick

Hosts & Presenters


Madeleine Le Roux