Announcements

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.