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CSHP aims to cultivate and produce new work for the stage

Carole Shorenstein Hays is upping her profile in the Gotham legit community: The San Francisco-based producer and theater owner has opened a New York office, with a longtime veteran of the Public Theater, Michael Hurst, serving as exec producer.

Carole Shorenstein Hays Prods., or CSHP, aims to cultivate and produce new work for the stage. As an independent producer, Shorenstein Hays has had a long history of helping to put new plays on Broadway, including August Wilson’s “Fences” (1987), Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog” (2002) and Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out” (2003).

“I want to do what I’ve been doing all along in a more organized fashion,” Shorenstein Hays said. “It’s like marrying Joe Papp and David Merrick. There’s a way we can always place writers’ work throughout the United States.”

Hurst will oversee daily operations for the office, maintaining Gotham productions and development programs. Shorenstein Hays first worked with him when “Topdog/Underdog” moved from the Public to the Rialto. During his long tenure at the nonprofit, he became general manager in 1996 and then managing director in 2000.

CSHP will be a separate entity from Shorenstein Hays Nederlander, the company that produces a Broadway theater series in the three San Fran venues — the Orpheum, the Golden Gate and the Curran –Shorenstein Hays operates.

Shorenstein Hays isn’t sure how many people she’ll end up employing at CSHP, but she expects it to be a small number. She plans to move the office downtown soon from its current digs near Carnegie Hall.

Org has no set plans for future projects.

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