The Home Theaters of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative
59E59 Theaters (NYC)
59E59 Theaters is a beautifully designed modern theater complex with a 196 seat theater, a 98 seat theater, and a black box theater that seats from 50-70 people. Founded in 2002, 59E59 Theaters presents Off-Broadway productions by not-for-profit companies from across the United States and around the world. In 2008, they were the recipient of a Drama Desk Special Award for “creating a stimulating environment to nurture a diverse range of artists.” (The other recipients that year were Playwrights Horizons, James Earl Jones and Edward Albee.) At the heart of their program is their Subscription Series of the best American and international writing that fulfills their decade-long mission of bringing new plays to a new audience. The Subscription Series is produced in the 196 seat Theater A. Starting with 2018-19 season, the recipient of the Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Award will be presented as the March/April show in this series. In addition to the Subscription Series, 59E59 Theaters presents over 40 plays a year including an annual festival of new British theater called Brits Off Broadway and a preview of shows going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe called East to Edinburgh.
Grove Theater Center (LA)
Grove Theater Center (GTC) has produced over 150 productions since being founded by Kevin Cochran and Charles Johanson in 1994. This includes 12 seasons at the GTC Gem and Festival Amphitheater in Orange County, 5 summer seasons of Theater on the Green in Fullerton, and seasons at GTC Burbank since 2001. In 2004, GTC inaugurated the GTC New Play Initiative. Plays and musicals developed through the program have won the LA Ovation Award for Best New Musical and the LA Ovation Award for Best New Play; been nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Best New Play; and nominated for 9 Ovations Awards including Best One Person Show, Best Set, Best Costumes and Best Lighting. NPI shows have also been Pick of the Week selections in both the LA and NY editions of Backstage, Critics Pick by the LA Times and LA Weekly, and Ovation Recommended. Six NPI shows have moved on to productions in New York City and five have subsequently been published.