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Lea DeLaria Will Return to Host This Year's Obie Awards

The Obies will be presided over by TheaterMania columnist Michael Feingold.

Lea DeLaria will host the 60th Annual Obie Awards on May 18.

For the second year in a row, Orange Is the New Black favorite Lea DeLaria will host the Obie Awards, to be held Monday, May 23, at Webster Hall.

"I am thrilled to be invited back to host the Obies," DeLaria said in a statement. "It's the best party of the year, plus off-Broadway actresses are totally hot…and desperate."

The American Theatre Wing and the Village Voice present this year's Obie Awards, the second ceremony to take place under the new partnership. The Obies were originally created by the Village Voice to encourage off-Broadway theater and to acknowledge its achievements.

The Obie Awards judging panel is led by longtime Obie committee chairman and TheaterMania contributor Michael Feingold, as well as past winners Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Oliver Butler, Ricky Ian Gordon, Clint Ramos, and Juliet Rylance, plus critic Marilyn Stasio.

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