San Diego REPertory Theatre Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

San Diego REPertory Theatre Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant
December, 2015 Client News

SAN DIEGO – Dec. 10, 2015 – 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.

In its first 50 years, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded more than $5 billion in grants to recipients in every state and U.S. jurisdiction, the only arts funder in the nation to do so. The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields.

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.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu says, “The arts are part of our everyday lives – no matter who you are or where you live – they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from San Diego REPertory Theatre offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”

“‘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.

Siguenza was last seen on stage at The REP in the world premiere of “Steal Heaven,” a play conceived and written by Siguenza and directed by Todd Salovey, associate artistic director, San Diego REP. Siguenza played Abbie Hoffman, the political and social activist who co-founded the Youth International Party (“Yippies”) in 1968. In this comedy written by Siguenza, the icon of youthful rebellion now serves as the patron saint of radicals. In his little corner of heaven, Hoffman conducts a boot camp for activists who have the chutzpah required to go back to Earth to become new agents of change. San Diego REP’s production of “Steal Heaven” was also a previous recipient of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works Grant.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEAFall15. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov

About San Diego REPertory Theatre

San Diego REPertory Theatre (San Diego REP) produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. Founded in 1976, San Diego REPertory Theatre is downtown San Diego’s resident theatre, promoting a more inclusive community through work that nourishes progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. The company produces and hosts over 300 events and performances year-round on its three stages at the Lyceum Theatre. Since moving to the Lyceum, the REP has produced 45 main stage productions by Latino playwrights, and more than 40 world premieres. The company has received more than 200 awards for artistic excellence from the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle, Patté Theatre Awards, NAACP, Backstage West, Dramalogue and StageSceneLA. In 2005, the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle presented the REP with the Craig Noel Award “For 30 Years of Artistic Dedication to Downtown and Diversity.” San Diego REPertory Theatre feeds the curious soul. To learn more about San Diego REPertory Theatre, to purchase tickets, or make a donation, visit www.sdrep.org. Join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter (@SanDiegoREP).