JAY STERN received $10,000 for The Adventures of Paul and Marian, a romantic musical comedy about two young lovers struggling to find a way to stay together. Its also about capitalists and revolutionaries, growing up, and finding, losing, and then re-finding lost love. Paul and Marian have eloped against Marians fathers wishes. Hiding out at Pauls uncles book depository deep in the woods, Paul quickly realizes he cant support Marians opulent lifestyle, so he heads out into the world to make his fortune while Marian waits for him. Stranded at the book depository, Marian starts reading, and fired up by revolutionary fervor she decides to change the world. But her father, a corporate giant known as The General, hasnt changed at all in fact, hes sent two goons to hunt for his daughter, and theyre closing in fast. Meanwhile in the Big City, Paul discovers that he has a hidden business acumen and a taste for the rat race while Marian continues to find her calling and remains determined to bring about violent revolution. When Paul and Marian meet again, it will be in the company of corporate henchmen, mad bombers and lots of singing and dancing. How can their love survive?
MEET THE COMPOSER, New York City, received a two-year grant of $40,000 for Creative Connections grants to emerging composers in Minnesota and New York City. Meet The Composer fosters the creation, performance and recording of music by American composers and develops new audiences for their work. The men and women who write music are brought into personal contact with their audiences. Creative Connections (formerly the Meet The Composer Fund) supports the participation of composers in activities connected with performances of their work. Audiences participate in such composer-led activities as creative workshops, discussions, interactive presentations and in-school residencies. The grants also allow composers to inform the rehearsal of their works and perform in and/or conduct premieres. With four funding cycles per year, this program is responsive to musical ensembles and composers.
JACK EL-HAI, received funding to travel to Southern California and Hawaii to conduct interviews and research letters relating to the life and death of his uncle Joshua El-Hai, in order to write a work of creative nonfiction. In 1943, a U.S. Navy plane carrying 12 crew members vanished over a remote and rugged region of New Guinea. Joshua El-Hai was the 27-year old Brooklyn born radio operator of that crew
Maia Wechsler received support for a documentary on a dramatic act by Melvin and Jean McNair, marking the beginning of a long journey that transformed them into fugitives from American justice and a cause celebre in France.
Dancer and choreographer PENELOPE FREEH received funding to spend two weeks working with mentor and former colleague Donna Schoenherr in London, England. Freeh intends to reestablish their creative intimacy, create a new dance work, and broaden her artistic perspective. Freeh is a member of the James Sewell Ballet and recently started working as a choreographer. She frequently works with local choreographers to broaden her perspective but now needs to reconnect to Schoenherr. The two were working on a solo for Freeh in 1994 when life changes sent them in separate directions.