January 3, 2014
Contact: Tiffany Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org
To Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment
for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman
Joan Shigekawa announced that the Alabama Shakespeare Festival is one of 875
nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. ASF will
receive a $20,000 grant to support the Southern Writers Project Festival of New
Plays and the play Twenty Seven, which will receive its
world premiere February 14 through March 2, 2014.
ASF’s prestigious Southern Writers Project will take
place May 16 through 18, 2014.
Playwright Edward Morgan’s Twenty Seven is adapted
from William Faulkner’s Old Man. The
story follows the adventures of a prison trustee who rescues a pregnant young
woman from drowning during the great Mississippi river flood of 1927. The pair
encounters dangers from ma n and nature alike during their seven week journey. Twenty
Seven evolved from the Southern Writers Project.
The Southern Writers Project Festival of New
Plays features public concert readings of four new plays each season.
The plays receive an intensive week of development with specially selected
directors, actors and dramaturgs. All efforts are made to support the play and
the playwright. Plays that have recently come from SWP to have their world
premieres at ASF and then gone on to become published and/or receive multiple
productions at other theatres include Gee’s
Bend, Bear Country, Rocket City and the Nacirema
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets
the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and
excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of
communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Work
applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those, 895 are
recommended for grants for a total of $23 million.
For more information on Twenty Seven or the Southern
Writers Project Festival of New Plays, visit www.asf.net.
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival is among
the largest Shakespeare Theatres in the world. Designated as the State Theatre
of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985 when it moved from
Anniston as a result of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton Blount’s gift of a performing arts
complex in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.