NEA Awards $50,000 for Trans Scripts: Part I, The Women

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The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, under the leadership of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, is pleased to announce that it has received an NEA Art Works grant of $50,000 for its production of Trans Scripts, written by Paul Lucas and directed by Jo Bonney. The production begins performances on January 19 and runs through February 5, 2017 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge.


The NEA Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.


“The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as the American Repertory Theater, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”


Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women is a new play drawn from candid interviews with dozens of transgender women from around the world.  The play uses their actual words to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the trans female community. Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the U.S. premiere of this frank, moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.


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