On May 19, The Village Voice presented its 59th annual Obie Awards, celebrating achievement in the Off-Broadway and off-off Broadway theater. We were thrilled to hear that Lisa Kron (2000 Performing Arts) received a 2014 Obie for the musical theater work Fun Home.
Based on the graphic memoir by lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, Fun Home dramatizes Bechdel’s coming-of-age and her relationship with her closeted gay father. The critically acclaimed musical adaptation ran at The Public Theater from October to December 2013. Along with Kron as the playwright and lyricist, composer Jeanine Tesori and director Sam Gold also received Obie Awards for the production.
2014 has been a banner year for Lisa already. Earlier in May, Fun Home received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical. Kron also received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play for her role in the Good Person of Szechwan at The Public Theater. In April, Lisa received the prestigious Doris Duke Artist Award, part of a ten-year initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, in partnership with Creative Capital, that empowers and invests in performing artists with flexible, multi-year funding of up to $275,000. We can’t wait to see what the rest of this year holds for this phenomenal, versatile theater artist!