Off-Broadway’s 2022 Lucille Lortel Award Winners

In a return to an in-person ceremony for the first time in three years, the winners were announced tonight (Sunday May 1) for the 37and Annual Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Achievement. The event was hosted at the NYU Skirball Center by three star pairs of stage and screen: Jared Grimes (Broadway’s funny girl) and Jeff Hiller (from HBO someone somewhere); Krysta Rodriguez and Jelani Alladin (Hercules); and Jennifer Simard and Christopher Sieber (Company).

Produced by the Off-Broadway League and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with additional support provided by TDF, the 2022 awards, presented in sixteen categories, were the first to feature an award for Outstanding Ensemble and for gender-neutral performance categories. Collecting the most prizes, with three each, were Kimberly Akimbo and Oratorio for Living Beings. This year’s ceremony, as previously announced, also honored special winners Deirdre O’Connell with a Lifetime Achievement Award and David Henry Hwang as the playwrights’ latest Sidewalk inductee.

And the winners are:

Outstanding game: Englishwritten by Sanaz Toossi, produced by Atlantic Theater Company and Roundabout Theater Company;

Outstanding Musical: Kimberly Akimbobook and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Jeanine Tesori, based on the play by David Lindsay-Abaire, produced by Atlantic Theater Company;

Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, Nina White, Fernell Hogan II, Bonnie Milligan, Olivia Elease Hardy and Michael Iskander in Kimberly Akimbo. Photo by Ahron R. Foster.

Outstanding Revival: DUSK: LOS ANGELES, 1992written by Anna Deavere Smith, produced by Signature Theatre;

Outstanding Solo Exhibition: Kristina Wong, Sweatshop Overlordwritten and performed by Kristina Wong, produced by the New York Theater Workshop;

Outstanding Director: Lee Sunday Evans, Oratorio for Livithings;

Outstanding Choreographer: Bill T. Jones, More black;

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Play:Shannon Tyo, The Chinese lady;

Shannon Tyo in The Chinese Lady. Photo by Joan Marcus.

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Play: Francis Benhamou, Prayer for the French Republic;

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Musical:Victoria Clark, Kimberly Akimbo;

Outstanding Featured Performer in a Musical:Bonnie Milligan, Kimberly Akimbo;

Outstanding ensemble: Oratorio for Living BeingsJohnny Butler, Kirstyn Cae Ballard, Jane Cardona, Sean Donovan, Carla Duren, Clérida Eltimé, Ashley Pérez Flanagan, Brian Flores, Odetta Hartman, Quentin Oliver Lee, Angel Lozada, Divya Maus, Barrie Lobo McLain, Ben Moss, John Murchison, Onyie Nwachukwu, Dito Van Reigersberg, Peter Wise;

The Oratorio for Living Things company. Photo by Ben Arons.

Outstanding Stage Design: Adam Rigg About Sugarland;

Outstanding Costume Design: Gregory Gale, fairy cakes;

Outstanding Lighting Design: Isabelle Byrd, Sanctuary city;

Outstanding sound design: Nick Kourtides, Oratorio for Living Beings;

Outstanding Projection Design: Shawn Duan, Letters of Suresh;

Lifetime Achievement: Deirdre O’Connell;

Inducted into the Playwrights’ Sidewalk: David Henry Hwang.

Congratulations to the winners and honorees, and thank you all for their outstanding contributions to Off-Broadway theatre.

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