AABBF Announces New Grants and a Gift

The Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the following grants and a gift for August, September, and October 2017:

  • Grants to Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles, to help support two productions: (1) a public reading of a new musical, Sonata, 1962, by Patricia Loughrey and Thomas Hodges, and (2) the west coast premiere of the musical The View UpStairs, by Max Vernon. The grants are being administered by Open Fist Theatre Company of West Hollywood, Calif. The reading of Sonata, 1962, which is now in development, was held on August 22. Set in the early 1960s, the musical tells the story of a gifted young woman whose mother commits her to a psychiatric institution for electroconvulsive therapy after discovering that her daughter is a lesbian. The View UpStairs centers on the tragic UpStairs Lounge arson attack that took place on June 24, 1973, at a gay bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, in which 32 people died. Performances of UpStairs are scheduled from September 15 through October 29, and the show may be extended through Thanksgiving. For more information, consult Celebration Theatre’s website.
  • A grant to the MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, N.H., for the fourth annual Arch and Bruce Brown Fellowship, which offsets the cost of a MacDowell residency for an artist working in the performing arts on a project that is LGBTQ-themed and historically inspired.
  • A grant to the Lambda Literary Foundation, Los Angeles, to underwrite a playwriting workshop at Lambda’s 2018 Writers Retreat for emerging LGBTQ Voices. This is the fourth year that the foundation has enabled this workshop.
  • A grant to support the production of a new virtual-reality film, Half A Life VR, by filmmaker Tamara Shogaolu. The grant will be administered by a third party. The new VR film continues and expands a story begun by Shogaolu in her short animated documentary Half A Life, released this year and now drawing praise on the film-festival circuit. Half A Life VR focuses on the lives of an Egyptian lesbian couple who seek asylum in the Netherlands; its story reveals an untold aspect of the current refugee crisis in Europe.
  • A gift to the Harrington Arts Alliance, Loveland, Colo., to promote student involvement in Harrington’s production of The Laramie Project, to be mounted in November of this year. To learn more, visit the group’s website.