Producing Artistic Director Kevin Cochran; Advisory Board Member James Lapine; daughter of George S. Kaufman, Anne Kaufman; Artistic Director Christopher Hart; Executive Director Charles Johanson; and host Dr. Catherine Hart.

NYC Reception Successfully Kicks-Off the Inaugural Cycle of the Hart New Play Initiative

Moss and Kitty Carlisle Hart’s daughter, Catherine, hosted a kick-off reception for the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative (Hart NPI) at her Manhattan home on November 16. Key people from 59E59 Theaters (the program’s NYC home theater) and Grove Theater Center (the LA home theater) attended, along with the top staff of the Hart NPI, board members, advisory board members, friends and supporters.

The Hart NPI is a new play development program that selects four scripts from open submissions. These four plays receive readings at 59E59 Theaters. Two of those then receive full productions at Grove Theater Center in Burbank. And one of those returns to NYC to receive its Off-Broadway Premiere as part of the subscription series at 59E59 Theaters.

And this is what distinguishes the Hart NPI from other programs. We have a permanent home theater on the West Coast and, thanks to the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a permanent home theater in NYC. And one lucky playwright receives a production on both coasts!

Important News!

We are very happy to announce that we received 1,243 submissions for the inaugural Hart New Play Initiative! This tremendous response clearly demonstrates that a program like the Hart NPI is definitely needed.

In order to give us plenty of time to go over every script, we’ve moved the announcement of the 16 Semi-Finalists a little later.

The 16 Semi-Finalists
will be announced April 30

This does not affect when the four plays receiving readings are announced (May 21) or any of the performance dates.

Thanks to all the great playwrights who submitted and to our generous supporters who make this all possible.