Tony Award-winning producer Dale A. Mott has teamed up with real estate investor Charles D. Urstadt to form Edgewood Entertainment, a new multimedia production company. Each serves as producer and managing director.
As a producing entity, Edgewood is focused on supporting works by BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ stories and creators as well as female artists. The company’s slate of current projects — on which they serve as lead producers — includes “Gun & Powder,” a new musical based on the real-life story of African-American twin sisters Mary and Martha Clarke, which will bow at the Paper Mill Playhouse in 2024 and “Long Way Down,” a new musical based on the award-winning novel by Jason Reynolds, which will have its world premiere at the Olney Theatre Center in 2024.
Edgewood is also developing the original musical “Grace” by Nolan Williams, Jr. and Nikkole Salter, which premiered at Ford’s Theatre, Sam Morrison’s autobiographical solo play, “Sugar Daddy” and Dominican-American playwright Erlina Ortiz’s play “La Egoista.”
Mott served as a producer on “A Strange Loop,” which won the Tony for best musical, as well as the 2022 revival of “The Piano Lesson” and “Thoughts of a Colored Man.” Mott is an associate member of the Broadway League and serves as a preliminary judge for the Jimmy Awards.
Urstadt has been in the real estate business for more than 40 years. He has served as a board member of the Ensemble Studio Theater and the Friends of WNET/Thirteen.
“We are truly thrilled to bring our unique perspectives and experiences to this new venture together,” Mott said in a statement. ”To be able to focus on stories that we believe in that will inspire and uplift audiences is a dream.”
Urstadt added, “I have been a longtime supporter of theater, so I am truly grateful for this opportunity to work with my friend Dale on Edgewood Entertainment. The stories that we will tell deserve to be heard. I’m excited for this new chapter in an industry that I love.”