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Pig Iron Theatre Company wins "Special Citation" Village Voice OBIE Aword for 2004 for Hell Meets Henry Halfway

Monday, May 16, 2005

In a gala ceremony hosted by Stockard Channing and Jimmy Smits at New York's Webster Hall on Monday, May 16, the Village Voice OBIE Awards were presented for outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway theater in 2004. A winner of the "Special Citation" Obie is Philadelphia's renowned Pig Iron Theatre Company for its production of Hell Meets Henry Halfway.

Co-presented by the Polish Cultural Institute and the Soho Think Tank, Hell Meets Henry Halfway is an adaptation by Pig Iron - in collaboration with playwright Adriano Shaplin - of The Possessed, the 1939 serialized novel by Witold Gombrowicz. Directed by Pig Iron's Dan Rothenberg, the production had a three-week run in November 2004 at New York's Ohio Theater in Soho and won rave reviews. The Special Citation Obie, awarded for the overall excellence of the production, was accepted by Pig Iron Artistic Directors Dan Rothenberg, Dito van Reigersberg, and Gabriel Quinn Bauriedel.

The 2004 Obie Award is also a crowning post-script to the Gombrowicz Autumn, the multi-faceted American celebration of "The Year of Gombrowicz", coordinated by the Polish Cultural Institute, that had as one of its curtain-raisers the Pig Iron's World Premiere of Hell Meets Henry Halfway at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival last September.

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