Act One, the funny and poignant new play written and directed by James Lapine, based on the autobiography of playwright Moss Hart, is not only totally engaging, but also a big juicy Valentine to the theatre and those who love it. Even though the story takes place during Mr. Hart's early years, spanning 1914-1930, the piece is timeless. The play is successful because it hits an emotional chord as the story chronicles Hart's dogged determination to create a life in the theatre, despite his poor family and the culture of survival he was raised in in a tenement in the Bronx. Starring Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Andrea Martin, as well as a large cast of accomplished performers, Act One is simply delightful.
Paying it Forward
And now, to honor the memory of protagonist Moss Hart, Lincoln Center Theatre is offering a 'once in a lifetime'
playwriting contest. One winner will have his or her play read by LCT Producing Artistic Director Andre Bishop and receive an evaluation of the piece. Also the winner will receive a pair of tickets to Act One, as well as a copy of the Moss Hart memoir.
Interested writers should send a one-paragraph synopsis of their play that is no longer than 200 words, along with a one-page dialogue sample by May 16, 2014 to ActOneContest@lct.org. The winning playwright will be announced on May 30.
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