"Orange is the New Black" Star Lea DeLaria to Host the OBIE Awards | Playbill

News "Orange is the New Black" Star Lea DeLaria to Host the OBIE Awards OBIE winner and "Orange is the New Black" star Lea DeLaria has been announced as the host of the 60th annual OBIE Awards, celebrating excellence in theatre Off-Broadway. The ceremony, co-presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice, will be held at Webster Hall in New York City on May 18.

Lea DeLaria

DeLaria has garnered acclaim as a multi-talented comedian, actress and jazz musician, however is best known for her stand-out role as Carrie 'Big Boo' Black in the hit Netflix series, "Orange is the New Black." Her other TV credits include "Californication," "Will and Grace" and "Law and Order:SVU". On Broadway she was seen as Hildy in the 1998 revival of On the Townas well as in The Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

The OBIE Awards were created by The Village Voice in 1955 to encourage the evolving Off-Broadway theatre movement by acknowledging its achievements. Now in their 60th year, the OBIES play a major role in recognizing and boosting fantastic productions Off-Broadway. Many distinguished writers, directors, actors and designers have been recipients of an OBIE at critical points in their careers.

The OBIE Awards judging panel was headed by longtime OBIE Committee Chairman Michael Feingold and included playwright Adam Bock, orchestrator Bruce Coughlin, director Lear deBessonet, scenic designer Mimi Lien, critic David Rooney, Village Voice critic Tom Sellar, and director Liesl Tommy.

The American Theatre Wing also is the founder of The Tony Awards, the foremost national platform for the recognition of theatrical achievement on Broadway.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit ObieAwards.com.

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