Hartwig Legacy Society

The show must go on
...With your Legacy Gift, it will.

You can bring joy to theatre audiences for years to come and ensure the future of the
Ogunquit Playhouse with a gift in your will, trust, or other estate plans.
Join the Hartwig Legacy Society and the show can - and will - go on.

Noel and Carol Leary

Noel and Carol Leary

We believe in the Playhouse and in the true magic of live theater. We hope and pray that both will be here long after we’re gone. And so, we’ve included the Ogunquit Playhouse in our will. It was surprisingly easy. It is our way of leaving a special inheritance to our family and the next generation.

We’re thrilled to be among the founding members of the Hartwig Legacy Society.

We hope you’ll join us.
Noel and Carol Leary

Kathie and James Purdy

Kathie and James Purdy

We wanted to do something special for the
Ogunquit Playhouse, because it means so much to us.

This amazing theatre fills our hearts with joy and we are honored to help ensure its future.

We are proud to be part of the founding members of the Hartwig Legacy Society and sincerely encourage you to consider adding the Playhouse to your estate plans.

James and Kathie Purdy

Special Benefits

As a member of the Hartwig Legacy Society, you'll enjoy:

  • An exclusive Hartwig Legacy Society pin

  • Special recognition in the Playbill

  • Private use of Gazebo Garden/Event Tent (limited to availability)

  • A special annual Hartwig Society party


Ways to Give

Including charitable gifts in your long-range estate and financial plans can be a wonderful way leave a legacy to Ogunquit Playhouse. After first providing for the needs of family, friends and other loved ones, you may wish to consider one or more of these special methods to make what could be your gift of a lifetime.

  • A gift through your will or trust: With proper planning, you can provide for the future financial security of your loved ones first. Then you can designate Ogunquit Playhouse to receive:

    • The remainder. A residual gift leaves funds remaining to Ogunquit Playhouse after distributions to loved ones have been fulfilled.

    • A fixed amount. Give a specific dollar amount.

    • A percentage. Direct a percentage of your estate to the Playhouse. This allows the gift to remain in proportion to the size of your estate.

    • Specific property. Give property other than cash to Ogunquit Playhouse.

  • A gift of life insurance or retirement plan assets: You may decide to support Ogunquit Playhouse through gifts from life insurance proceeds or any amount remaining in a retirement account beyond what you would like your family or others to receive.

  • Bank and investment accounts: In many states, it is possible to specify that whatever remains in bank accounts becomes a charitable gift that will pass free of estate tax and outside the probate process. This can be accomplished by filling out a simple change of beneficiary form.

  • A gift of real estate: A gift of real estate can be an excellent way to make a meaningful gift to Ogunquit Playhouse. Properties such as houses, farms, vacation homes, office buildings, undeveloped land and rental property are common choices.

  • A gift of appreciated securities: When considering what assets to use to make gift to Ogunquit Playhouse, stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other securities can be an attractive option and offer special tax benefits. Congress has provided that you can deduct the full value of such gifts, including any amount that would be owed in capital gains tax if sold.

  • Giving for income: Whether you want to supplement your retirement, assist your children or grandchildren with educational expenses or provide support to an elderly parent or other loved one, a life income gift may be an excellent solution. With an Ogunquit Playhouse income gift plan, you can:

    • Increase your income through fixed or variable payments.

    • Provide income to loved ones for life or for a specific period of time.

    • Enjoy tax savings when you make your gift.

    • Make a gift to Ogunquit Playhouse that might not otherwise be possible.

More Information

If you have already included the Ogunquit Playhouse in your estate plans, please accept our sincere thanks as well as our invitation to join the Hartwig Legacy Society. 

To receive a packet with more information about Hartwig Legacy Society, please contact:

Dan Breen
Director of Development
207.646.2402, ext. 256

Who were the Hartwigs?


Broadway showman Walter Hartwig and his wife Maude dedicated their lives to bringing first-quality theatre to venues outside of New York City. As part of the “Little Theatre Movement” of the 1920s and early 30s, Walter was instrumental in organizing a successful annual Theatre Tournament in New York. When the Depression put an end to the Tournament, the Hartwig’s started the Manhattan Theatre Colony and brought it to the summer resort town of Ogunquit. After four successful years, the Hartwigs moved from a converted garage and built the present-day Ogunquit Playhouse, which opened on July 17, 1937. Walter Hartwig died in 1941 at the age of 61, but his legacy endures through generations of theatre professionals he influenced and most importantly through the theatre he founded.