In today's Arts Briefly, potentially exciting news. The "er" makes me love Campbell Robertson a little more. The "development hell," I'm not so sure.
National Endowment Finances New Plays
The National Endowment for the Arts is announcing a program aimed at rescuing plays from development hell, er, helping nonprofit theaters bring new plays to full production. In its inaugural phase, the program, to be administered by Arena Stage in Washington, will select two projects, giving up to $90,000 each to their advance development, including at least one full production at a nonprofit theater. Five projects will receive up to $20,000 each for the early stages of development. An existing agency program for play development that focused on supporting projects by resident playwrights and was administered by Theater Communications Group, will conclude in 2009.
(Also mentioned, sad, sudden news: The Drowsy Chaperone is closing December 30th. I love this show, and am sad I'm not getting the chance to see the probably-wonderful Bob Saget in it, nor the chance to get to see the entirely-wonderful show one last time.)