NEA grants in the stockings of three Austin arts groups, plus the Rude Mechs get their Big Apple on at the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival
Congressman Lloyd Doggett has announced that three Austin arts organizations will receive grants from the National Endowment for the Arts' Access to Artistic Excellence program.
Austin Film Society: $15,000 to support presentation of a film-and-video series featuring more than 70 films;
Rude Mechanicals: $12,000 toward development and production of The Method Gun, a new play by Kirk Lynn to be directed by Shawn Sides;
Deborah Hay Dance Company: $10,000 toward creation and presentation of Mountain, a new work by choreographer Deborah Hay in collaboration with Pacific Northwest choreographers/performers Gaelen Hanson, Peggy Piacenza, and Amelia Reeber.
Speaking of the Rude Mechs: They're about to storm New York again, this time with Get Your War On, their adaptation of David Rees' Internet comic strip. The show will be part of the Public Theater's Under the Radar festival, Jan. 17-28, 2007. The locals will be in mighty good company: Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor (In On It, House) will present his play A Beautiful View (which the dirigo group will be premiering locally at the same time!), and Anne Bogart and SITI Company will present Radio Macbeth, about actors rehearsing the Scottish play among ghosts from previous productions. For more information, call 212/967-7555 or visit www.publictheater.org.