Center Stage Receives $50k Grant The National Endowment of the Arts grant will support the spring production of "Jazz."


seasonannouncejCenter Stage recently received just about the best holiday gift they could have asked for: $50,000.

Announced Dec. 15, the well-timed grant came from the National Endowment for the Arts as part of its 2017 funding announcement. The grant will support “the world premiere of ‘Jazz,’ a new play written by Nambi E. Kelley, based on the novel by Toni Morrison,” according to a press release.

“We’re thrilled that the NEA has chosen to support our world premiere production of Jazz, which will not be a typical ‘page-to-stage’ literary adaptation, but rather an experimental artistic endeavor, combining the elements of literature, poetry, storytelling and theater with music, movement and spoken word,” said Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah in the release. “This adaptation and this production are about more than just staging a landmark work of literary genius; they offer a way to use the metaphorical megaphone of our stage, the local and national resonance this project can claim, allowing broad access to a story as powerful, as timely, and as necessary in its message as the day it was written.”

The production will run from May 19-June 25.


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