Alabama Shakespeare Festival To Receive $20,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

January 03, 2014


January 3, 2014 


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Alabama Shakespeare Festival 


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 Society. 


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  


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.  




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