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In its fourteenth year, the Kennedy Center Fund fo

In its fourteenth year, the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays has awarded grants to three new plays.

Each prize consists of a $10,000 grant to the playwright and a separate award to the presenting theatre. The State Theater Company in Austin, TX will receive $30,000 to help produce John Walsh's "The Dinosaur Within;" Denver Center Theatre Company will receive $43,000 for Michael Genet's "Pork Pie," and Naked Eye Theatre in Chicago, IL garnered $20,000 for Jamie Pachino's "Waving Goodbye."

Over its tenure, the Fund has awarded grants totaling nearly $3.8 million to 114 playwrights and 55 not-for-profit theatres, making it possible for them to mount premieres of 80 new plays. Past recipients include Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner, Robert Schenkkan and Wendy Wasserstein.

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