Rabbit Run Theater and Lake Erie College present "The Studio Series"


Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA) has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support "The Studio Series: Classic & Contemporary,” a theatrical collaborative effort between RRCAA and Lake Erie College in Painesville.

The NEA is the federal agency that supports and funds the arts to give all Americans the opportunity to experience and participate in creativity. NEA programs and funding support thousands of activities in communities large and small across the country, including about 30,000 performances and 3,000 exhibitions annually.

"The Studio Series: Classic & Contemporary” is based on a partnered performance season and will be comprised of four productions chosen from both classic and contemporary theatrical works. The shows will be mounted in an intimate setting with a streamlined contemporary theatrical design.

The collaboration is the brainchild of Dr. Jerry Jaffe, associate professor of theater at Lake Erie College, and Brint Learned, executive director of RRCAA, the group responsible for operating the historic Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.

The shows will be performed in fall 2015 and spring 2016 in the C. K. Rickel Theater in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts on the Lake Erie College campus. Plays slated for production include "Mass Appeal” by Bill Davis, "Misalliance” by George Bernard Shaw, "The Elephant Man” by Bernard Pomerance and An Evening of Contemporary One-Acts.

The collaboration will offer LEC students an educational and training opportunity through hands-on theatre production experience and allows RRCAA the creation of a satellite location for Rabbit Run Theater and a broader patron base.

"I’m pleased to be able to share the news of this award to Rabbit Run Community Arts Association as it collaborates with Lake Erie College,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. "In every community the arts have the power to create new avenues for economic health and physical vibrancy, and for people to feel a sense of pride in their locality. This grant demonstrates this power and affirms that the arts are part of our everyday lives.”

To learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov. Follow the conversation about this and other NEA-funded projects on Twitter at @NEAarts.

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