Bronze Medallion Winners Chosen

We are very excited to announce the first round of winners in the Inaugural Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative. These four plays will be featured in readings July 12-15
at 59E59 Theaters as part of our
Jeremy Nussbaum Play Reading Series.

These plays were selected out of 1,243 submissions from 44 states and 5 countries!

Two of them will go on to have productions at Grove Theater Center in Burbank, California in the Fall and one of those will return to 59E59 Theaters for its Off-Broadway premiere next Spring.

The four plays are:

Exit Wounds By Wendy Graf

What do you do with the rest of your life, when someone you love has committed the horrific act of a school shooting? The Sadowski family, never able to explain the act, hold onto their own guilt, afraid that they might miss the signs again. Now the mother and surviving brother try to come together and save the next generation from the painful past.

Confederates By Suzanne Bradbeer

A young and ambitious reporter uncovers a compromising photo of the daughter of a candidate for president. An older colleague urges him to publish it immediately while the daughter and his conscience tell him to bury it. In the end, he must decide if it’s a legitimate story and whether such a distinction is even relevant for our multi-platform and relentless news cycles.

Find & Sign By Wendy MacLeod

Set in the New York City music industry, Find and Sign takes us through the bumpy romance between an on-the-rise music executive and an idealistic public school teacher. When one of the teacher’s students turns out to be a gifted young hip-hop artist, their tentative romance is complicated by a tug-of-war over the student’s future.

Queen By Madhuri Shekar

PhD candidates Sanam and Ariel have spent the better part of the last decade exhaustively researching vanishing bee populations across the globe. Just as these close friends are about to publish a career-defining paper, Sanam stumbles upon an error in their calculations, which could cause catastrophic damage to their reputations, careers, and friendship.

The Hart NPI Reading Series is named in honor of the beloved entertainment lawyer Jeremy Nussbaum. Jeremy’s commitment to young artists, new writers, and theater start-ups was extraordinary. He believed in the theater and his wisdom laid the groundwork for many successes.

For more information on the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative, visit

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all 1,243 playwrights who submitted their scripts to our inaugural year!

And Congratulations to the other Finalists:

El Ciclope by Alex Paul Burkat with Octavio Rodriguez

Memorial Day by Paul Donnelly

The Patron Saints by Ken Jaworowski

Where Storms Are Born by Harrison David Rivers

And Congratulations to the other Semi-Finalists:

A Perfect Gentleman by Herbert Appleman

Bureaucrazy by Kate Danley

Close Harmony by Judy Goetz Sanger

Cufflinked by Cary Pepper

It’s Not About the Cat by Jacey Powers

Mad Beat Hip & Gone by Steven Dietz

Mr. Teddy by George Smart

Older Lady by Erin Buckley

Pooka by James McLindon

Rainbow’s Return by Stephen Mo Hanan

The Perfect Wife by Karen L. Lewis

The Spanish Prayer Book by Angela J. Davis

These Arms of Mine by Philip W. Hall

We sincerely thank all the playwrights that helped make this selection process so exciting and difficult! And remember, the new submission window opens in October…

Thank you to our supporters!

The following people have generously contributed to the Hart New Play Initiative to help develop the plays of the future and to continue the legacy of Moss and Kitty.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation, please click here.

Ruby Founder’s Circle

Catherine Hart & Mark Stoeckle

In Memory of Jeremy Nussbaum

Sapphire Founder’s Circle

Toni Ross

Anne Strauss

Elizabeth M. Olmsted

Platinum Circle

The Phyllis and Bennett Cerf Foundation

Mary Jane Brock

Gold Circle

Amy Griffin & Scott Behson

Silver Circle

Kathryn Grody & Mandy Patinkin

Carolyn Meehan

Alan Barasch & Renee Weiner

Anne E. Thompson

Claire and Cornelius Marx

Sara Pasternak

Bronze Circle

Wendy Davies

Judy Sanger

Henry Joost

John Weidman

Mary Hays


Katherine Danley

Amanda Haynes-Dale

Rona and Gary Feinberg

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