Shakespeare’s work has proven timeless — PlayMakers Repertory Company is looking to take advantage of that.
On July 13, PlayMakers announced it had received two grants totaling $125,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts for their upcoming season’s productions of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” and “Henry V.”
The initial grant makes PlayMakers one of three theater companies awarded the largest sum — $100,000 — for the upcoming season.
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PlayMakers’ outreach features several main components:
- Performance: Will send artists to Fayetteville to perform scenes from the plays.
- Roundtable: Will open a dialogue between the Fayetteville military population and regional peace advocacy groups.
- Weekend Seminar: Will team up with UNC’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values to host a forum on war.
- Forum: Community forum with Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent Chris Hedges.
“It is a huge statement of how they view us and the excellence in the work we are able to put out,” said Joseph Haj, PlayMakers artistic director.
Hannah Grannemann, PlayMakers managing director, said the grant will be dedicated to the upcoming productions.