This year's recipients are 16th Street Theater (Berwyn, IL), The Catastrophic Theatre (Houston, TX), Constellation Theatre Company (Washington, D.C.), The Cutting Ball Theatre (San Francisco, CA), Golden Thread Productions (San Francisco, CA), The Hypocrites (Chicago, IL), Prospect Theater Company (New York, NY), Theater Latté Da (Minneapolis, MN), Third Rail Repertory Theatre (Portland, OR) and True Colors Theatre Company (Atlanta, GA).
"The ten recipients of this year's National Theatre Company Grants prove yet again that exciting theatre is being created and produced in communities large and small all across the country," Heather Hitchens, executive director of the American Theatre Wing, said in a statement. "These companies have demonstrated tremendous courage and creativity, and are vital to the cultural and civic fabric of their communities. All of us at The Wing are proud to recognize their outstanding work."
The grants were restricted to New York City companies until 2010. In the past 55 years, the American Theatre Wing grants have distributed $3 million.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.