Foundation Awards Three New Grants in November
Three organizations will receive AABBF production grants this month:
- The Field (New York, N.Y.), acting as fiscal sponsor for Retro Productions’ We Are a Masterpiece, by Gina Femia. The play, slated for performances at New York City’s 14th Street Y in April 2018, is set in Kalamazoo, Michigan, at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. Joan, a no-nonsense nurse, becomes a fairy godmother to members of the town’s gay community when no one else will step up to care for them.
- The Living Church at Woodlawn Pointe (San Antonio, Texas), acting as fiscal sponsor for The Kindness of Strangers: The Tennessee Williams Lecture Tour, by Bernard J. Taylor. The play will be performed at Woodlawn Pointe in January 2018. Mr. Taylor’s AABBF-supported play The Last Days of Oscar Wilde, produced by San Antonio’s Overtime Theatre in March 2017, recently won the Excellence in Direction of a Drama award (director: Derek Berlin) bestowed by the Alamo Theatre Arts Council.
- Third World Newsreels (New York, N.Y.), acting as fiscal sponsor for the documentary film Mama Bears. Directed by Daresha Kyi, whose AABBF-supported film Chavela, co-directed by Catherine Gund, premiered in New York and Los Angeles in October, Mama Bears follows a group of evangelical Christian women—all mothers of LGBTQ children—who have chosen to defy their conservative churches’ stance on homosexuality and to travel the country promoting a message of acceptance and love.