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Taxpayers on Hook for NEA-Funded 'Macbeth' with Zombies, Cowboy Poetry

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 NEA Chair Jane Chu (AP)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Dec 2016 11:12 AM

The National Endowment for the Arts released its list of taxpayer-funded grants for 2017, which includes a zombie version of "Macbeth," cowboy poetry, and a gay men's chorus.

Projects include a Los Angeles production of William Shakespeare's play "Macbeth," but containing zombies, and "The Freshest Snow Whyte," a hip-hop version of the fairy tale. Both received grants for $10,000.

Part of a $10,000 grant in Nevada will support cowboy poetry, a favorite of retiring Nevada Democrat, Sen. Harry Reid.

Performances that focus on uplifting LGBTQ citizens received grants, including Monique Jenkinson's "Delicate Material," a performance "which questions how society views gender and misogyny" and the play "Trans Scripts," about six transgender women.

The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles received a grant of $20,000 for its anti-bullying "It Gets Better" tour to visit Omaha, Nebraska.

"The It Gets Better Tour travels around the country to communities nationwide and produces a week of educational workshops culminating in a moving theater performance," the group's website states. "The stage show brings to life real-life stories from lesbian, gay, transgender, genderqueer, and straight allies from across American and infuses them with dynamic musical numbers."

"Max," a play about a Marine returning home to find out that his sister is transgender, received a $40,000 grant.

Gun violence was also a topic that received notice from the endowment. The University of California at San Diego will develop a $20,000 production about Sarah Winchester, the heir to the Winchester Rifle company.

"The work will view Sarah's life as a metaphor and a means to explore society's complex relationship with guns, and will incorporate social awareness through satellite events that will result in symposiums and panel discussions about guns and violence in America," the grant stated.

Other grants went to a puppet show about refugees living in Vermont ($15,000) and a play about going back in time to kill Christopher Columbus (which was granted $10,000.)

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, in her announcement of the grants, "The arts are for all of us, and by supporting these projects, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."

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