Monthly Archives: June 2017

Playwriting Competition Submission Period Has Ended

The submission period for the foundation’s 2017 playwriting competition has now ended. Submissions received after midnight on May 31, 2017, will not be accepted. Many thanks to all those participating in this year’s competition. Winners will be announced in November.

AABBF Announces Two Grants for June

The foundation is pleased to announce the following production grants for June 2017:

  • An award to About Face Theatre of Chicago, Ill., to help support the production of Brave Like Them, devised, written, and performed by the About Face Youth Theatre ensemble. This play (with original music) concerns the rise of the underground feminist “riot grrrl” movement in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1990s. The riot grrrls combined feminist consciousness with punk rock, giving birth to a subculture of female-produced (and often lesbian-focused) art, music, and literature. Brave Like Them will run for eight performances, from July 27 through August 6, 2017, at the Buena Theater at Chicago’s new Pride Arts Center. To learn more, visit About Face’s website.
  • An award to Plan-B Theatre Company of Salt Lake City, Utah, to help support its world premiere production of The Ice Front, by Utah playwright Eric Samuelsen. The play offers a glimpse into the complexities of navigating survival as a gay man during the Nazi occupation of Norway during World War II. The Ice Front will be performed at the Studio Theatre at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City from November 9 through 19, 2017. For more information, visit Plan-B’s website.

About Face and Plan-B are both two-time recipients of AABBF production grants. We applaud the companies for their ongoing outstanding and innovative work in LGBTQ theater.