Schedule of the Inaugural Cycle

October 16, 2017 to January 19, 2018
Submission Period: Scripts and applications submitted online. There is no submission fee.

April 30, 2018
Semi-Finalists are announced.

May 16, 2018
Finalists are announced.

May 21, 2018
Four plays receiving readings are announced.

July 12, 13, 14 & 15, 2018
The Jeremy Nussbaum Play Reading Series is held at 59E59 Theaters in New York City.

July 24, 2018
Two plays moving on to production are announced.

September to November, 2018
Two plays are produced at Grove Theater Center in Burbank.

November 28, 2018
The play moving on to 59E59 Theaters in New York City is announced.

March 13 to April 21, 2019
Off-Broadway production in the 195-seat Theater A of 59E59 Theaters (directed by Tony Award Winning Producer, Director and Playwright Christopher Hart).

(dates subject to change)

The Hart Initiative Ongoing Time Line

October to November
Promotion to notify playwrights about the program.

Mid October to Mid January
Submissions accepted (after the first year, the program will be in playwrights’ minds as these dates overlap with the LA productions and the pre-press for the NYC production).

November 1 to March 15
Initial script read by staff and selected readers.

Late March
Semi-Finalists announced.

Mid April
Finalists announced.

Mid May
The recipients of the four Hart New Play Bronze Medallions are announced.

June
Casting for the readings.

Early July
The Jeremy Nussbaum Play Reading Series in New York City at 59E59 Theaters where the four plays are presented.

Late July
The recipients of the two Hart New Play Silver Medallions are announced.

August
Casting for both LA Productions

September
Rehearsals start for LA Production One

October
Performances of Production One

Mid-October
Rehearsals start for LA Production Two.

November
Performances of Production Two

Mid October to Mid January
Submissions accepted for next cycle.

November 1 to March 15
Initial script read by staff and selected readers of scripts for next cycle.

December 1
The recipient of the Hart New Play Gold Medallion is announced.

Early December & Mid-January
Casting (as necessary) for New York Production.

Late January
Rehearsals start for Off-Broadway Premiere.

Early March to Mid April.
Performances in Theater A of 59E59 Theaters.

Late March
Sixteen Semi-Finalists announced for next cycle.

Mid April
Eight Finalists announced for next cycle.

etc.