Hewlett, Gerbode Foundations Announce Recipients of 2009 Playwright Collaboration Awards

The and foundations have announced the six recipients of the 2009 Playwright Collaboration Awards.

The winners will receive $75,000 each for the creation and world premiere of a new play created in collaboration with another California artist, with each grant to be divided into three parts: $25,000 as a commission fee to the playwright, $25,000 to a California-based artist who is a key collaborator on the script, and the remaining $25,000 to the presenting organization for expenses related to the creation and premiere of the play. The commissioned works will premiere in the Bay Area between December 2010 and December 2012.

This year's awards were given to to produce "Mapa Cuauhtinchan No. 2," by veteran playwright Cherrie L. Moraga and conceptual artist Celia Herrera Rodriguez; to produce "New River," by Sean San Jose and Richard Montoya; the to produce "Buffalo'ed," by Jeannie Barroga and choreographer Alleluia Panis; to produce "Nightblooms," by Julie Hebert and choreographer Deborah Slater; the to produce a piece by playwright Itamar Moses and Cirque du Soleil veteran acrobats Sam Payne and Sandra Feusi; and the to produce a new play by artistic director Corey Fisher and filmmaker Sam Ball.

In 2010 the program will support composer collaborations with similar amounts.

"The projects funded display an exciting range of cultural diversity and breadth of imagination — from a new play about California border communities co-written by two prominent Latino playwrights, to a performance piece developed by a rising young dramatist and an internationally recognized acrobatic duo," said Gerbode Foundation president Thomas Layton. "At a time when the arts can help bind our society together, such collaborative efforts in the Bay Area's innovative theater scene are worthy of encouragement and support."

"." William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Press Release 01/14/2010.