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NEA Announces New Play Development Project Grants

September 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has announced the 2010 NEA New Play Development Program's Distinguished New Play grants.

Five theaters will each receive a grant of $20,000 to support the early stages of development for a new play with strong potential to merit a full production. Working in close collaboration with the playwrights, each theater will use this funding for development activities, such as dramaturgy, design workshops and consultations, read-throughs, public readings, workshop productions, and open rehearsals.

"In order for the American theater to remain vibrant and vital, we need to invest in new work," said Chairman Landesman. "I am proud and honored that the NEA is investing in the development of new plays by five of this country's most exciting playwrights."

The National Endowment for the Arts created the NEA New Play Development Program to advance the American not-for-profit theater's ability to provide meaningful support for new work.

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