Grants Announced for Women and Theater Program, Diversionary Theatre

This month the foundation is extremely pleased to announce the following two grants:

  • A grant to the Women and Theater Program (WTP) of the Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) to support the editorial production of an anthology of ten plays that have won the WTP’s Jane Chambers Playwriting Competition, as well as to fund an anthology-related event at the ATHE conference in Montreal this summer. We are especially happy to be making this award for several reasons: The late playwright Jane Chambers, after whom WTP’s annual competition is named, was a colleague and friend of our founder, Arch Brown. Also, it was among Arch Brown’s intentions, in establishing the foundation, to support the publication of plays, and this is the first time that we have been able to do so. Moreover, this grant will help make possible the publication of feminist/lesbian plays, which all too seldom make their way into print.
  • A grant to Diversionary Theatre of San Diego, Calif., to support the production of The Boy Who Danced on Air, by Charlie Sohne and Tim Rosser. This provocative new musical unveils the clandestine Afghan tradition of Bacha Bazi, in which wealthy men purchase boys from poor families, train them as dancers, and parade them at parties as their sexual property. The musical’s world premiere is slated for spring 2016. Diversionary Theatre, founded in 1986, is one of the oldest continuously operating LGBT theaters in the United States.