|PlayMakers awarded top NEA grant for upcoming season|
|Thursday, May 17, 2012|
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $100,000 to PlayMakers Repertory Company, its largest grant to a producing theater for the upcoming season.
For the fifth year in a row, the NEA has recognized the professional theater company, which is based in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The “Art Works” grant will support the company’s rotating repertory production of “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Clybourne Park” during the theater’s 2012-2013 season.
First produced in 1959, “A Raisin in the Sun,” Lorraine Hansberry’s landmark drama of family, race and dreams deferred, has become an acknowledged American masterpiece. “Raisin” will be directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges, artistic director of San Francisco’s Brava! Theater Center. She also helmed “Topdog/Underdog” (2008) and “I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda” (2010) at PlayMakers.
Written in 2009 and taking up the story where “Raisin” leaves off, “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris is described in a New York Times review as a “sharp-witted, sharp-toothed comedy of American uneasiness.” The play received the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and is a nominee for the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play. “Clybourne Park” will be directed by Tracy Young, whose work has been called “true genius” by the Los Angeles Times.
The plays will be performed Jan. 26 through March 3, 2013, at the Paul Green Theatre in UNC’s Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.
Through the “Art Works” grant, PlayMakers will undertake an outreach program called “A Dream Deferred: Urban Development and Gentrification in Contemporary America.” Located in a community with two major research universities, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke University, PlayMakers will explore the challenges and benefits surrounding the economic and social relationships between these schools, the towns they inhabit and the communities they affect.
These outreach events will include:
PlayMakers received NEA grants during its last four seasons, for productions of “The Making of a King: Henry IV & V” (2011-2012), “Big River” and “As You Like It” (2010-2011), “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” (2009-2010) and “Pericles” (2008-2009).
For information on PlayMakers’ 2012-2013 season and upcoming special events, visit www.playmakersrep.org or call (919) 962-PLAY (7529). A variety of season ticket packages are available.
PlayMakers contact: Connie Mahan, (919) 962-5359,