Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and Lake Erie College present “The Studio Series”

Fine Arts,

In their latest collaborative effort to promote the arts, Rabbit Run Community Arts Association (RRCAA) and Lake Erie College have been awarded a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present “The Studio Series: Extraordinary Circumstances.” This series is also made possibly by a $5,000 grant award to RRCAA from the Lake County Visitors Bureau’s (LCVB) Arts and Culture Fund.

“The Studio Series: Extraordinary Circumstances” 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 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 Lake County Visitors Bureau is an independent, nonprofit, destination-marketing agency funded in part by two percent of a three percent hotel/motel occupancy tax. A portion of the hotel/motel occupancy tax is dedicated to funding arts and culture projects within Lake County.

“The Studio Series” collaboration is the brainchild of Dr. Jerry Jaffe, associate professor of theatre 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 2016 and spring 2017 in the C.K. Rickel Theatre in Royce Hall for the Fine and Performing Arts on the Lake Erie College campus. Plays slated for production include “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang, “Almost Maine” written by John Cariani, “Songs for a New World” with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and “Proof” by David Auburn .

This is the second season for this collaboration which offers LEC students an educational and training opportunity through hands-on theatre production experience and also allows RRCAA a satellite location for Rabbit Run Theater and a broader patron base.

“The arts are part of our everyday lives,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “No matter who you are or where you live, they have the power to transform individuals, spark economic vibrancy in communities, and transcend the boundaries across diverse sectors of society. Supporting projects like the one from Rabbit Run Community Arts Association and Lake Erie College offer more opportunities in the arts every day.”

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.

To learn more about the Lake County Visitors Bureau’s Arts & Culture Fund visit www.lakevisit.com.

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