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NEA Gives Grants to Dozens of NYC Theaters. Then Trump Proposes Eliminating It

President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposes ELIMINATING the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

(To send a letter of protest to your Congressman, and other suggested actions, click here)

A few days earlier, the NEA announced grants of $24 million (full list here), including some three million dollars for 149 theaters, dozens of which are located in New York City, for shows such as the ones above.

To give a sense of what the NEA does, below is a list of those New York theaters and what the money is for. The grants range from Bedlam’s production of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion ($10,000) to Lincoln Center’s production of My Fair Lady ($35,000) which is based on Shaw’s Pygmalion.

Bedlam Inc. $10,000 to support a production of George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.”

Cherry Lane Theatre, $15,000 to support revival productions of “First Love” by Charles Mee and “The Man Who Had Three Arms” by Edward Albee.

The Civilians, $10,000 to support the development and premiere of “School Project” by Ethan Lipton and directed by Steve Cosson.

Classical Theatre of Harlem, $20,000 to support the annual Uptown Shakespeare in the Park performances.

Clubbed Thumb, $15,000 to support the annual festival of new plays Summerworks 2018.

Creative Ammo, $10,000 to support the Theater @ Downtown Urban Arts Festival.

Ensemble Studio Theatre, $10,000 to support a production of “Against the Hillside” by Sylvia Khoury.

Ping Chong Company, $25,000 to support the development and presentation of a new work in Ping Chong + Company’s community engaged Undesirable Elements series.

The Acting Company, $10,000 to support the commission and tour of new plays.

HERE, $40,000 to support the HERE Artist Residency Program for midcareer performing and visual artists.

Lark Theatre Company, $30,000 to support the Open Access Program, a play scouting initiative that supports writers and new play development.

Mabou Mines, $20,000 to support the creation of the “Vicksburg Project,” a song cycle performance by Eve Beglarian and Karen Kandel.

MCC Theater, $25,000 to support the premiere of “Relevance” by J.C. Lee, directed by Liesl Tommy.

MTC, $30,000 to support the New York premiere of Eve Ensler’s “In the Body of the World.”

New 42nd Street, Inc, $25,000 to support a series of presentations of theater for young audiences at the New Victory Theater

New Dramatists, $80,000 to support the Playwrights Lab

The New Group, $10,000 to support New Group/ New Works, a play and musical development program.

New York Classical Theatre, $15,000 to support a production of William Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in public parks throughout New York City.

New York Theatre Workshop,$40,000 to support the world premiere production of “An Ordinary Muslim” by Hammaad Chaudry, directed by Jo Bonney.

Playwrights Horizons, $45,000 to support the world premiere production of “Dance Nation,” a new play by Clare Barron

Pregones Touring Puerto Rican Theatre Collection,$20,000, to support the development of “Tito & the Cement Pagoda,” a new play with live music developed by Jorge B. Merced and Desmar Guevara, and to conduct related outreach activities.

Primary Stages, $25,000 to support the New York premiere of “Feeding the Dragon,” a new play by Sharon Washington.

Ripe Time, $10,000 to support a touring production of “Sleep,” an original theatrical work inspired by the short story by Haruki Murakami.

Roundabout Theatre Company, $20,000 to support the world premiere of “Amy and the Orphans,” a new play by Lindsey Ferrentino.

SITI Company, $20,000 to support SITI Work/Space, a new model for creating work as an ensemble, which will support the creation of new theater pieces.

Signature Theatre Company,$50,000 to support a production of “Paradise Blue” by Dominique Morisseau.

St. Ann’s Warehouse, $40,000 to support the development and production of new theater works.

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, $10,000 to support the development and a production of a new play by Bekah Brunstetter.

New Georges, $15,000 to support the Audrey Residencies, a new play and artist development program at New Georges.

Wooster Group, $20,000 to support the creation and presentation of “The B-Side: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons, a Record Album Interpretation.”

Musical theater

Amas Musical Theatre, $10,000 to support the development of new musicals through readings and workshops.

Ars Nova, $15,000 to support the premiere of “The Lucky Ones,” by married duo Abigail and Shaun Bengson.

Atlantic Theater, $30,000 to support the premiere of “This Ain’t No Disco,” by Peter Yanowitz and Stephen Trask

National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Inc. (aka NAMT)
$60,000 to support the annual Festival of New Musicals and fall conference.

Pipeline Theatre Company, $10,000 to support the world premiere production of “Folk Wandering,” a new folk musical conceived by Jaclyn Backhaus and Andrew Neisler.

Prospect Theater Company, $10,000 to support the development and world premiere production of “One Thousand Nights and One Day,” a
new musical with book and lyrics by Jason Grote and music by Marisa Michelson.

Vineyard Theatre, $25,000 to support the world premiere production of “The Beast in the Jungle,” a new musical with book by David Thompson and music by John Kander, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman.

Lincoln Center Theater, $35,000 to support a revival of “My Fair Lady” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe at Lincoln Center Theater

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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