Monthly Archives: November 2013

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.