Mint Theater Receives Tony Randall Grant May 1

News   Mint Theater Receives Tony Randall Grant May 1 The Mint Theater will receive its previously announced Tony Randall Theatrical Grant of $100,000, for its upcoming production of Leo Tolstoy's The Power of Darkness, in a ceremony at Soho House May 1.

The Tony Randall Theatrical Fund is also giving $10,000 to the Red Bull Theatre for its fall production of Christopher Marlowe's Edward II, and $2,500 each for Gorilla Repertory Company and Target Margin Theater.

Tony For Kids grants for educating public school children in the arts — two-year, $20,000 grants — will go to Midori and Friends, National Dance Institute, Museum of Modern Art, TheatreWorks USA and the 52nd Street Project.

Over 45 proposals were vetted by a selection committee consisting of Jed Bernstein, Steve Buscemi, Charles Busch, Michael Cerveris, Cherry Jones, Jack Klugman, Michael Mastro, Marian Seldes, Gary Springer and Ben Vereen.

Last year's inaugural $100,000 grant went to the New York Theatre Workshop's production of Martha Clarke's Kaos.

The grant is awarded annually to a Tri-State area non-profit Equity company for "the production of a classic play, an adaptation of a classic play or a work inspired by the classics." Heather Randall, Tony's wife, created the fund when Tony passed away in 2004. The National Actors Theatre, which Tony Randall founded in 1991, presented over 20 productions of classical works on Broadway and Off-Broadway.

The Mint's mission is to revive neglected plays from the past. The Power of Darkness was first presented in New York in 1920 and has not been seen in the city in over 47 years.

Soho House is located at 29-35 Ninth Avenue. For more information visit www.tonyrandalltheatricalfund.org.