Posted by: Official_Press_Release 08:24 am EST 02/07/19




World Premiere at Roundabout Theater Company to receive $100,000 towards production, $50,000 to playwright Selina Fillinger

The Trustees of The Laurents / Hatcher Foundation, Inc. are pleased to announce that Something Clean by SELINA FILLINGER is recipient of the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award. Ms. Fillinger will receive $50,000 for the work, and Roundabout Theater Company, who will produce the premiere this spring, will receive $100,000 towards the production.

David Saint, President of the Laurents / Hatcher Foundation said, “The Laurents / Hatcher Board unanimously chose Something Clean as the winner this year. It is a powerful story from today's world with beautifully drawn complex characters."

According to press notes, Something Clean “ slips into the jagged cracks of a sex crime's aftermath-the guilt, the grief, and the ways we grapple with the unthinkable”

In a statement, Roundabout Theatre Company Artistic Director/CEO Todd Haimes said,

“I couldn’t be happier that Something Clean has been selected as the recipient of the 2019 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award. This is actually the second play in Roundabout’s Underground program to be granted this distinguished honor – the first being Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket in 2017 – and I am so proud to once again produce a work so momentously recognized by the Foundation. This is a remarkable achievement for Selina, who has woven a rich and captivating story of repentance, responsibility, and redemption in the wake of tragedy. She has tackled a complex subject with fearless honesty and heartbreaking humanity, and I am so excited to bring her bold and unique voice to our stage later this season.”

Something Clean will feature recently announced Kathryn Erbe, Daniel Jenkins and Christopher Livingston and is directed by Margot Bordelon.

The world premiere of Something Clean begins preview performances Off-Broadway on Saturday, May 4, 2019 and opens officially on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at the Black Box Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This is a limited engagement through Sunday, June 30, 2019. All tickets for Roundabout Underground productions are $30.

Roundabout Theater Company previously won the Laurents / Hatcher Award in 2017 for Jiréh Breon Holder’s Too Heavy for Your Pocket. Previous Laurents / Hatcher award winner American Son recently completed a run on Broadway.


Established in 2010, The LAURENTS / HATCHER FOUNDATION AWARD is an annual prize to be given for an un-produced, full-length play by an early-career American playwright. In addition to being one of the country’s largest grants for new work, The Laurents / Hatcher Foundation Award is the first major award for playwriting to be named in honor of a gay couple: Tony Award winning playwright and director ARTHUR LAURENTS and his partner of 52 years, TOM HATCHER. The Laurents / Hatcher Foundation also distributes over $1 Million Dollars annually in theater development grants across the country.


Arthur Laurents’ career as a writer for the stage and screen spanned over 65 years, beginning with his play The Home of the Brave, which premiered on Broadway in 1945. Known for having written the books for musicals such as Gypsy and West Side Story as well as the screenplays for The Way We Were, The Turning Point and Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope, Mr. Laurents premiered many of his most recent plays at New Jersey’s George Street Playhouse. His final memoir, The Rest of the Story, was posthumously published in the fall of 2012.

Tom Hatcher, who died in 2006, began his career as an actor but moved into real estate as a contractor and then as a developer. He created the private park adjoining the house in Quogue, Long Island that was home for the couple.

SELINA FILLINGER is an LA-based actor and playwright, who recently graduated from Northwestern University. As an actor, Selina is experienced with classical theatre as well as new work. She has collaborated on world premieres and originated roles in a variety of staged readings and playwriting festivals. As a writer, Selina is committed to telling stories with female heroes and antiheroes--great women braving great storms. Her original work includes FACELESS (Northlight Theatre premiere, Joseph Jeff Award-nominated, regional productions at Zeitgeist Theatre and St. Louis Repertory Theatre, UK premiere at Park Theatre); THE ARMOR PLAYS: CINCHED/STRAPPED (Available Light’s Next Stage Initiative, Alley All New Festival, upcoming production at Theatre 3); and SOMETHING CLEAN (Sideshow Theatre’s Freshness Initiative, Roundabout Theatre Underground Reading Series). Selina is a 2018 recipient of South Coast Repertory’s Elizabeth George Commission and was selected for McCarter Theatre Center’s 2018 Sallie B. Goodman Artists Retreat.

ROUNDABOUT THEATRE COMPANY (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director/CEO) celebrates the power of theatre by spotlighting classics from the past, cultivating new works of the present and educating minds for the future. A not-for-profit company, Roundabout fulfills that mission by producing familiar and lesser-known plays and musicals; discovering and supporting talented playwrights; reducing the barriers that can inhibit theatregoing; collaborating with a diverse team of artists; building educational experiences; and archiving over five decades of production history. Founded in 1965, Roundabout presents this work on its five stages and across the country through national tours. Since moving to Broadway more than 25 years ago, Roundabout productions have received 232 Tony nominations, 222 Drama Desk nominations and 257 Outer Critics Circle nominations. More information on Roundabout’s mission, history and variety of programs can be found by visiting roundabouttheatre.org.

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