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A.R.T/New York Awards $67,500 in Design Grants to NYC Theaters

David Korins
The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York has awarded nine theaters a total of $67,500 in cash grants on behalf of the Edith Luytens and Norman Bel Geddes Foundation. The theaters will use the funds to help with the designs of their upcoming productions.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 54 applicants by a panel of designers and artistic directors: John Collins, Regina Garcia, Brian MacDevitt, Ilona Somogyi, Darron L. West; the chair was A.R.T/New York's chairman emeritus, Howard J. Aibel.

The recipients are as follows:

The Collapsable Giraffe will use its award to allow costume designer Tara Webb to incorporate wireless video and sound devices into her costumes for their upcoming production Pee Pee Maw Ma, inspired by Don DeLillo's novel Great Jones Street.

Edge Theater Company will use its grant to enhance David Korins' set design for Essential Self Defense by Adam Rapp, a co-production with Playwrights Horizons.

Epic Theater Center will be presenting an updated version of George Bernard Shaw's Widower's Houses specifically for high school audiences and received a grant to enhance the set and costume budgets.

Juggernaut Theatre Company received a grant to enhance the set, costume, and technology budgets for their upcoming production Model, which takes place during a fashion shoot for Vogue magazine in the mid-1970s.

The Play Company was awarded a grant to allow Takeshi Kata to create a tiny attic space, which is constantly transformed for The Attic by Yoji Sakate.

Ripe Time received an award to supplement the set, costume, and lighting budgets for Betrothed, an adaptation of three stories about marriage.

SITI Company was awarded a grant to allow designer James Schuette to create sets and costumes for Radio Macbeth which reflect his artistic vision, and which will be able to withstand the strains of the company's extensive touring schedule.

The Talking Band's project is entitled Found Space. Unlike most pieces, it will start with the set design and then the play for which the design is appropriate will be created. The grant will allow designer Anna Kiraly to work on a larger scale than would otherwise be possible.

Waterwell received a grant to enhance the designer Elizabeth Payne's costume budget for their upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello.