Six Grants Awarded in August and September

The foundation is pleased to announce six new grants:

  • A grant to Aubin Pictures, New York City, to assist in the completion of Amor Puro y Duro, a feature-length documentary film exploring the life and career of the iconoclastic Mexican ranchera singer Chavela Vargas. Information about Aubin Pictures and its film projects can be found on the production company’s website.
  • A grant to Dragon Theatre, Redwood City, California, to support the production of Caeneus and Poseidon, by Bridgette Dutta Portman. The play, styled on ancient Greek tragedy and written in blank verse, tells the story of Caenis, who becomes the world’s first trans man. Caeneus and Poseidon won an honorable mention award in the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation’s 2014 playwriting competition. The Dragon Theatre production is scheduled for spring 2017; for more information, visit the theatre’s website.
  • A grant to the frank theatre co., Vancouver, British Columbia, to help fund the production of Walt Whitman’s Secret, by Sean O’Leary. The play will run from October 13 through 23 at Presentation House, in North Vancouver. For further details, go to the frank theatre’s website.
  • A grant to HERE Arts Center, New York City, to help support the production of Sara Farrington’s play Life, Labor, Lust. The play, based on the life of American Gilded Age novelist Edith Wharton and focusing on her relationships with her closeted gay husband and bisexual lover, will be performed in 2017 at The Mount, Wharton’s country home in Lenox, Massachusetts.
  • A grant to the Make a Difference Trust, London, U.K., to support a staged reading of Charles Leipart’s A Kind of Marriage. The play, which concerns novelist E. M. Forster’s longtime relationship with bisexual policeman Bob Buckingham and Buckingham’s wife, May, won an honorable mention award in the foundation’s 2015 playwriting competition. The reading will take place in London in November; date and venue have not yet been announced.
  • A grant to St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, New York, to support the subsidized ticket fund for trans performance artist Taylor Mac’s music-history extravaganza A 24-Decade History of Popular Music, which will run at St. Ann’s from September 15 through October 9. The last show in the run will be a marathon performance of the entire 24-hour-long piece. The subsidized ticket fund will offset the cost of attendance for young LGBT people with limited resources. For more information on the performance, visit St. Ann’s website.

In addition, the foundation is renewing its support for the Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship program at the MacDowell Colony. The AABB fellowship, administered by MacDowell and awarded yearly, helps support a MacDowell resident pursuing performing-arts work that is LGBT-themed and historically inspired.