HB Playwrights Foundation

The writer for the theatre must have the opportunity to be a thriving member of his community. He must be nourished and allowed to experiment without the demand that he be certain of the direction toward which the experiment will move.

- 1964 prospectus for the HB Playwrights Foundation

For many theatres, economic constraints have increasingly diminished the time available for the very important work of developing and rehearsing a play. However, the HB Playwrights Foundation & Theatre is dedicated to preserving and extending the development process. The most vital theatre is created when all the artists involved – playwrights, actors, directors, and designers – are given the time and opportunity to do it right, to do it as they feel it should be done. The HB Playwrights Theatre is committed to supporting the long-term development of original productions, primarily of new plays. Occasionally, however, the production of a classic play or important work from the twentieth century is presented.

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The HB Playwrights Foundation and Theatre is able to maintain this commitment to artistic freedom by relying on minimal budgets; the generosity of artists who donate their labor; by charging no admission to our performances; and by requesting that productions in our theatre not be reviewed. If a work is ready, it should move on to another venue to become accessible to a wider public.