Arthur Laurents creates new play award

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.

One response to “Arthur Laurents creates new play award

  1. Margaret Nolan

    This is amazing: the concept and potential win/win, the fact that Arthur Laurents created it (going against his rep of being a curmudgeon), and that he’s giving major props to his longtime partner!

    “Everything I wrote was given to Tom first, and he was the best editor I ever had,” Mr. Laurents, 91, said. (The two were a couple for 52 years.) “People didn’t realize that about Tom. Because he didn’t have a big name, people might think he means nothing to the arts. But I relied on him for everything. He was extremely intelligent, he knew theater, and he knew me. Anyone can be a critic, but he was a helpful” critic.”