Festival claims $35,000 grant

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival received $35,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust in grants that were announced today.

The cultural trust awarded $1.45 million in grants to nonprofit humanities, heritage and arts organizations across the state for the 2010 budget year (July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010).

The Shakespeare festival will use the award for the design and production of a new stage adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," directed by Libby Appel. The production will focus on the early 19th-century social and economic themes of the original novel.

Friends of the Oregon Caves & Chateau received $7,500 to restore, preserve and protect the rare collection of Monterey furniture at the chateau. The furniture was created by Mason Manufacturing between 1929 to 1943.

This year's grants were down 12 percent from the $1.65 million in the previous year because donations declined along with earnings from the trust's endowment.

— Bill Kettler

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