Production Grant Awarded to Eye Zen Presents

The foundation is pleased to announce the award of a production grant to Eye Zen Presents, San Francisco, Calif., to support the premiere of Homo File. This multidisciplinary theatrical production chronicles the life of Samuel Steward (1909–1993), a gay tattoo artist, college professor, sexual rebel and writer of erotic fiction (under the pseudonym Phil Andros).

The show, written and directed by Seth Eisen, will have a nine-performance run at CounterPULSE, San Francisco, for the National Queer Arts Festival, from May 30 through June 15.

Foundation Announces Three New Awards

The foundation has three new awards to announce this month:

  • A grant to New York Live Arts, to help fund the production of Left of Canvas, a multimedia/performance work by Maeko Productions (Richmond, Va.). Left of Canvas is inspired by the life and work of American lesbian painter Romaine Brooks.
  • A grant to On the Road Productions (New York, N.Y.), to help support the production of the documentary film Forgetting the Many: The Royal Pardon of Alan Turing. The film will focus on controversies raised by the 2013 posthumous  pardon of British mathematician Alan Turing, who was convicted of “gross indecency” in 1952.
  • A donation to the scholarship fund of the Lambda Literary Foundation (Los Angeles, Calif.), to help LGBT writers attend Lambda’s Writers Retreat in August 2014.

Former Grant Recipient Wins BroadwayWorld Chicago Award

The foundation extends congratulations to Adam Pasen, whose play Tea with Edie and Fitz won BroadwayWorld Chicago’s Best New Work award for 2013.

A 2011 production grant from the foundation enabled the first production of the play, which centers on a meeting for tea between Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald during the 1920s and explores the sexual anxieties and ambiguities of both Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, as well as Wharton’s mentor, Henry James.

Songs of Hadrian to Premier at Red Note New Music Festival

The foundation is very proud to announce that Songs of Hadrian, a song cycle composed by John David Earnest, with texts by Arch Brown, will have its premier performance at the Red Note New Music Festival at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, on April 3.

Mr. Earnest is a longtime member of the foundation’s board and was a close friend of Mr. Brown, collaborating with him on several projects. Songs of Hadrian, which will be performed by tenor Justin Vickers accompanied by pianist Tuyen Tonnu, is inspired by the relationship between the second-century Roman emperor Hadrian and his lover, Antinoös.

For more information, visit the Red Note events page,

CLAGS Receives Grant for Performing Que(e)ries Series

The foundation has awarded a grant to the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) at the City University of New York to help underwrite the center’s Performing Que(e)ries series for spring 2014.

Events in the series include Rough Around the Edges: Peggy Shaw with Benjamin Gillespie on April 30, Unnatural Acts: Play Reading and Talkback on May 5, and Mart Crowley in Conversation on May 16. All events will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, in Manhattan.

For information on times and tickets, visit the Events page on the CLAGS website, 


New Grants, February 2014

The foundation is pleased to announce the following grants:

A grant to the Theater for the New City, New York, N.Y., to help cover production expenses for Island Girls, by Barbara Kahn, which had a successful run from January 9 through January 26, 2014.

A grant to All Out Arts, New York, N.Y., to support the production of The Conversion of Alice B. Toklas, by Carol Polcovar, at the 2014 Fresh Fruit Festival.

A grant to the Human Sexuality Collection, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library, Ithaca, N.Y., to offset costs of cataloguing the Arch Brown collection.

New Production Grant

The foundation has awarded a production grant to Theatre 167, of Jackson Heights, New York, to assist in the limited Off-Broadway production of Pirira, a new play by J. Stephen Brantley, directed by Ari Laura Kreith.

Following a successful run at the Chain Theater in Long Island City, Pirira is now playing in Manhattan, at the West End Theatre, 263 West 86th Street (in the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew), through Sunday, November 24.

2013 Play Competition Winners

The board of the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation is pleased to announce the results of its 2013 playwriting competition. Congratulations go out to the following winners:

  • First Prize ($3,000)
    Donald Jolly of Los Angeles, Calif., for bonded
  • Second Prize ($1,500)
    Christina Hulen of Eagle Rock, Calif., for Sweetwater
  • Honorable Mentions ($500 each):
    Eric Anderson of Honomu, Hawaii, for Back Porch
    Philip Gerson of Studio City, Calif., for Jumping Blind
    Dipika Guha of New Haven, Conn., for Herculine and Lola
    Chris Payne of New York, N.Y., for Somebody’s Son
    Topher Payne of Atlanta, Ga., for Perfect Arrangement

Congratulations are also extended to the other 11 finalists: David Atfield, Ron Elisha, Tony Foster, Harris W. Freedman, Carlos Gorbea, D. B. Hale, Noah Mease, Carol Polcovar, Rob Rosiello, Benjamin Schroth, and Brian Christopher Williams.

We thank all who participated and encourage them to submit new work in the future. Our 2014 playwriting competition guidelines will be posted on this website in January.

Long-Serving Advisory Board Member Has Passed Away

It is our sad duty to report that Francine Trevens, 81, member emerita of the foundation’s advisory board, died on October 20, 2013, in New York City.

A talented producer, Broadway publicist, writer, and director, Francine was a very good, long-time friend of Arch Brown and directed several of his plays. Until her death she was a Dramatist Guild member and the publisher of TnT Classic Books.

We will miss her sharp wit and generous spirit.