According to a report by the Associated Press, “An annual $150,000 prize has been established by the foundation of Tony-winning playwright-director Arthur Laurents and partner Tom Hatcher.” This marks the first time a major playwrighting award is named in honor of a gay couple. For those less Broadway savvy readers out there, Arthur Laurents’ credits include the stage musicals West Side Story and Gypsy and the film The Way We Were.

The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award will be given for an unproduced, full-length play of social relevance by an emerging American playwright.

The prize includes a $50,000 cash award for the selected playwright and a $100,000 grant for production costs of the play’s premiere at a nonprofit theater.

One must be invited to apply and submissions will be accepted starting June 15, 2010. The first award recipient will be notified March 15, 2011.



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  • Ron Fritsch

6 Responses to “Laurents/Hatcher Foundation establishes annual $150K prize for play by emerging US playwright”

  1. S Klein 13 June 2010 at 1:23 AM #

    In your article about the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation prize you mention that a playwright must be invited to submit a work but don’t explain how one goes about being invited. I wondered how I can find out about this.
    Thanks.


  2. Claud Singer 21 June 2010 at 10:56 PM #

    YES, I, TOO SAW THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE LAURENTS/HATCHER PLAYWRITING AWARD. I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROCESS OF BEING INVITED. THANKS.


  3. Fred Crecca 15 March 2013 at 10:50 AM #

    How does one apply for the LAURENTS/HATCHER foundation award?


  4. michael skidmore 12 July 2013 at 6:01 PM #

    how does one become invited please?


  5. […] Center, Gabriel’s play IN BLOOM (formerly Bacha Bazi, Boy Play), was a finalist for the Laurents / Hatcher Award, received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Prize, and was Runner-Up for the Princess Grace Award. […]


  6. […] Center, Gabriel’s play IN BLOOM (formerly Bacha Bazi, Boy Play), was a finalist for the Laurents / Hatcher Award, received the Kennedy Center’s Paula Vogel Prize, and was Runner-Up for the Princess Grace Award. […]



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