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Very Sad News about our Founding Executive Director

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Congratulations to the Gold and Silver Medallion Winners of the
Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative

(And while we’re at it, congratulations to all the previous GTC New Play Initiative winners shown above!)

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The Moss Hart & Kitty Carlisle Hart New Play Initiative is delighted to announce that the first recipient of the Gold Medallion is Exit Wounds by Los Angeles based playwright Wendy Graf.

Exit Wounds looks at the human story behind the “ripped from the headlines” sensationalist story of a horrific tragedy. “We always hear about the families of the victims, but what happens to the families of the perpetrators?” Graf asks. “Can they ever live a normal life again?”

Exit Wounds explores the effects of a national tragedy on three generations of the perpetrator’s family. How do you find redemption when someone you love has committed a terrible crime? A story of healing, hope and compassion, Exit Wounds unravels slowly, as a mystery: what was the tragic event that caused hoarder Linda Sadowski to retreat from life, and her son, Matt to become estranged? How can Linda stem the ripple effect of the family’s painful past and save the 17-year-old grandson she’s never met?

And congratulations to our Silver Medallion recipient, Confederates by New York based playwright Suzanne Bradbeer. It’s an often funny, often devastating look at today’s high stakes political media landscape. A young and ambitious reporter uncovers a compromising photo of the daughter of a candidate for president. An older colleague urges him to publish it immediately while the daughter and his conscience tell him to bury it. In the end, he must decide if it’s a legitimate story and whether such a distinction is even relevant for today’s relentless news cycles.

The Hart New Play Initiative is an ongoing play development program. During its first year, 1243 playwrights (from 43 states and 5 countries) participated by submitting scripts. That led to 23 Semi-Finalists, 8 Finalists, and 4 Bronze Medallions. The Bronze Medallion recipients were Exit Wounds, Confederates, Find & Sign by Wendy MacLeod and Queen by Madhuri Shekar. They all received readings at 59E59 Theaters in New York as part of our Jeremy Nussbaum New Play Reading Series.

The Hart New Play Initiative is an ongoing play development program. During its first year, 1243 playwrights (from 43 states and 5 countries) participated by submitting scripts. That led to 23 Semi-Finalists, 8 Finalists, and 4 Bronze Medallions who received readings at 59E59 Theaters in New York as part of our Jeremy Nussbaum New Play Reading Series.

Then Hart NPI was on to GTC Burbank where the two Silver Medallion Winners were produced in rotating rep. Both productions were directed by Christopher Hart with set and costumes by three time Ovation nominee Leonard Ogden; lights by Ovation nominee David Darwin; and sound by Hunter Stephenson.

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and keep the Moss & Kitty legacy going strong, please make a donation now!
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