New AABBF Grants Support Experimental Theater and Film Projects, a Play-Reading Series, and an Opera Performance

The foundation is very pleased to announce the following production grants for June 2015:

  • A grant to the New York City–based multidisciplinary theatrical company HERE to support the production of Genet Porno, an innovative work that “collides” Jean Genet’s 1943 novel Our Lady of the Flowers and the video blog of real-life gay porn star Damon Dogg. The piece, created by Yvan Greenburg and the Laboratory Theater, will kick off HERE’s 2015–2016 season; performances are scheduled for September 8–27, 2015.
  • A grant to Chicago-based DAViELSHYFiLMs to support the production of the feature-length film The Ladies Almanack. This experimental film is rooted in Djuna Barnes’s 1928 novel The Ladies Almanack and examines the significance, then and now for lesbian artists and intellectuals, of Natalie Barney’s salon as a place of discourse, experimentation, and creative gathering in 1920s Paris. The projected completion date is January 2016.
  • A grant to Celebration Theatre of West Hollywood, Calif., to underwrite its summer 2015 series of staged readings of plays, including Michael A. Shepperd’s theatrical adaptation of John Weir’s The Irreversible Decline of Eddie Socket, on June 16, as well as plays about the AIDS crisis, on July 21, July 28, August 4, and August 11.
  • A grant, administered by Fractured Atlas, to the Paula Kimper Ensemble for its upcoming Pride Weekend performance of Act 2 of Kimper’s opera Patience & Sarah: A pioneering love story. The performance by a seven-piece orchestra, to be held on Friday, June 26, at the LGBT Community Center in New York’s Greenwich Village, will start a year of fund-raising to enable the production of the entire opera in June 2016.