NEW YORK — Naomi Wallace’s “One Flea Spare” took the best play prize Monday in the 42nd annual Obie Awards for Off and Off Off Broadway productions. Paula Vogel’s “How I Learned To Drive” continued its awards sweep with four Obies, including best direction for Mark Brokaw.
Four runners-up in the best play category were cited, including Vogel’s play, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” David Henry Hwang’s “Golden Child,” and Lanford Wilson’s “Sympathetic Magic.”
Eleven actors received Obies for their performances, with both David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker of “How I Learned to Drive” making the cut. Composer Jeanine Tesori won best music for “Violet,” and Woodie King Jr. of the New Federal Theater was given a sustained achievement citation. Other Obies, presented by the Village Voice newspaper, included:
Best performances: Andre Braugher, “Henry V”; Tsai Chin, “Golden Child”; Jennifer Dundas, “Good As New”; David Greenspan, “The Boys in the Band”; Karen Kandel, “Peter and Wendy”; Albert Macklin, “June Moon”; Sharon Scruggs, “The Trojan Women: A Love Story”; Ray Anthony Thomas, “Volunteer Man”; Ching Valdes-Aran, “Flipzoid”;
Sustained excellence, set design: Derek McLane;
Sustained excellence, lighting design: Shirley Prendergast;
Sustained excellence, costume design: Catherine Zuber;
Sustained excellence, performance: Joanne Camp, Arthur French;
Special citations to: Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson, “A Huey P. Newton Story”; Howard Crabtree and the creators of “When Pigs Fly”; the creators of “Peter and Wendy”; “Tap Dogs”; and, for distinguished contributions to Off Broadway, James Hatch, Camille Billops and Dona Ann McAdams. A $5,000 grant was awarded to the St. Paul’s Community Baptist Church Drama Ministry.