Playwright Arthur Laurents, who wrote the books for West Side Story and Gypsy and is still directing on Broadway in his 90s, has created a new play to help both plays and playwrights. The concept is to give a chunk of money to emerging writers and then provide more money to get those writers’ works produced.
The point is to help all those playwrights who win multiple awards but still see their scripts languish in a drawer.
The $150,000 grant — $50,000 to the playwright and $100,00 to the theater producing his or her work — will be called the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award, after Laurents and his longtime partner, Tom Hatcher, who died in 2006.
Here’s the story from the New York Times.