Announcements

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.

New Production Grants

I-Am-Harvey-Milk-300x300The foundation is pleased to announce the following production grants:

A grant to the Heartland Men’s Chorus of Kansas City, Missouri, to assist in its production of the Midwest premiere of I Am Harvey Milk, a choral work by Broadway composer Andrew Lippa.

The premiere is scheduled for March 29-30, 2014, and will be performed at Kansas City’s Folly Theater.


A grant to 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to assist in its production of The Naked I: Then & Now. The production is scheduled for February 2014.

2013 Playwriting Competition

The submission period for the 2013 playwriting competition has ended. We’ve been amazed by the response and are looking forward to reading and enjoying all the entries.

Judging will take place over the summer and early fall, with prize winners to be announced in November.

Thanks and best of luck to everyone who submitted.

Recent Production Grants

The foundation is pleased to announce two recent production grants:

A grant to Owldolatrous Productions of Aliso Viejo, Calif., to assist in the production of Upstairs: A New Dramatic Musical by Wayne Self. The play, which premiers in New Orleans from June 20–24, 2013, is about the tragic arson-caused fire that destroyed the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar in New Orleans’s French Quarter, in 1973.

A grant to Aubin Pictures of New York, N.Y., to assist in post-production of a new documentary film, How to Become an Extreme Action Hero.  The film, directed by Catherine Gund, examines the life and career of choreographer Elizabeth Streb.

Sad Announcement

Arch Brown died peacefully at his home in Palm Springs on September 3, 2012. His generous commitments to the creative energies of LGBT writers and theatre groups remained a constant throughout his career.

The officers and members of the board for the AABB Foundation mourn our loss and the loss to the LGBT community.