Mary-Louise Parker in Proof(Photo: Joan Marcus)
Mary-Louise Parker in Proof
(Photo: Joan Marcus)
If further proof were needed of the high esteem in which the Manhattan Theatre Club's Proof is held by the theater community, it has come in the form of three Lucille Lortel Awards announced today: for David Auburn's play, for the performance of Mary-Louise Parker in the leading role, and for director Daniel Sullivan. Another big Lortel winner is Theatre de Complicite's Mnemonic, honored in the Unique Theatrical Experience 2001 category as well as for lighting design (Paul Anderson) and sound design (Christopher Shutt). Bat Boy The Musical was named Outstanding Musical of 2001, and the Second Stage production of Tiny Alice was cited as Best Revival.

The winners of the awards, which honor excellence Off-Broadway, will be feted at the Lucille Lortel Theatre at 7pm on Monday, May 7, in a benefit for the Actors' Fund of America to be co-hosted by Alan Cumming and Brooke Shields. For ticket information, phone the Fund at 212-221-7300, ext. 129. A complete list of this year's winners follows:

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Outstanding Play of 2001:
Proof

Outstanding Musical of 2001:
Bat Boy The Musical

Outstanding Revival of 2001:
Tiny Alice (Second Stage)

Outstanding Actor of 2001:
Alan Bates, The Unexpected Man

Outstanding Actress of 2001:
Mary Louise Parker, Proof

Outstanding Featured Actor of 2001:
Justin Kirk, Ten Unknowns

Outstanding Featured Actress of 2001:
Julianna Margulies, Ten Unknowns

Outstanding Director of 2001:
Daniel Sullivan, Proof

Outstanding Choreography of 2001:
Christopher Gatelli, Bat Boy The Musical

Outstanding Set Design of 2001:
David Gallo, Jitney

Outstanding Costume Design of 2001:
Jane Greenwood, Old Money

Outstanding Lighting Design of 2001:
Paul Anderson, Mnemonic

Outstanding Sound Design of 2001:
Christopher Shutt, Mnemonic

For Unique Theatrical Experience of 2001:
Mnemonic

The 2001 Edith Oliver Award for Sustained Excellence:
Lanford Wilson

For Outstanding Body of Work:
New York Theatre Workshop

For Lifetime Achievement:
Kitty Carlisle Hart