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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.