San Diego REPertory Theatre Receives Arts Grant

| January 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Herbert Siguenza will participate in a collaboration to create a new interactive theatrical work.

Herbert Siguenza will participate in a collaboration to create a new interactive theatrical work.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to San Diego REPertory Theatre to support a new work by Herbert Siguenza.

The award supports a collaboration with playwright Herbert Siguenza, REP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Sam Woodhouse, and several members from the dog & pony dc (d&pdc) ensemble to develop a new interactive theatrical work called “Beachtown.” The grant will support field interviews, research, artist fees, and two music stand in-house readings. The production, which will include actors from d&pdc, will invite audience members to become active citizens who vote on their town’s future in the second act. The resulting work will reflect the extensive social, political, and ethnic diversity hidden behind the “mask “of Southern California beach towns.

“’Beachtown’ is just the kind of project we look to the NEA for support – a complex, multi-year, culturally distinct community based project that will lead to the creation of a new play about the surprising diversity of the beach communities of San Diego,” says Woodhouse.

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