Westport Country Playhouse - Photo by Robert Benson (contributed photo)
Westport Country Playhouse has been awarded a $15,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for the autumn production of Matthew Greene’s “Thousand Pines,” a world premiere from the Playhouse’s New Works Circle Initiative. Directed by Austin Pendleton, the drama will run from Oct. 30 through Nov. 17.
Mark Lamos, Westport Country Playhouse artistic director - Photo by Bruce Plotkin (contributed photo)
“The support of the NEA is vital to all that we do at the Playhouse and it is especially crucial when it comes to producing new work which can be artistically and financially risky,” said Mark Lamos, Playhouse artistic director. “We are thrilled to have the NEA as partner for this powerful and compelling play from an important new voice in the American theater."
“Thousand Pines” is a new drama that brings the national dialogue about gun violence to the Playhouse stage. The play is set six months after a student brought a gun to Thousand Pines Junior High School and killed his classmates. The families of the children who died struggle with their need for answers and closure.
The Playhouse will offer several community engagement events in conjunction with the production of “Thousand Pines” to facilitate dialogue around the topical issues the play addresses.
The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said Jane Chu, NEA chairman. “Through the work of organizations such as Westport Country Playhouse, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.” Chu approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018.
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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