The Sheri and Les Biller Family Foundation has bestowed a $15,000 grant on Sierra Madre Playhouse in support of its upcoming production, Thomas Gibbons’ Bee-luther-hatchee. The Sierra Madre Playhouse is one of four Los Angeles and Seattle area theaters newly designated as a grantee and is the only intimate theater to be so awarded.
According to the Foundation, its “theater enrichment work fosters the art form by expanding access to inspiring productions and immersive educational experiences.” It acts as “a catalyst to advance positive and sustainable change” and invests “in bold ideas that inspire collective action in order to achieve powerful results.”
Bee-luther-hatchee directly confronts issues of race, cultural appropriation and authenticity, expanding the communal conversation of issues that have a continuing presence in today’s headlines. The engagement of the play will be accompanied by concurrent educational and cultural activities, exhibit displays and conversations with playmakers and guest panelists.
Sierra Madre Playhouse Artistic Director Christian Lebano commented, “Bee-luther-hatchee has been a passion project for me for several years. We were able to keep the very talented cast together and the same creative team and are now deep into rehearsals for this beautiful play. I’m feeling pretty validated about what we are planning.”
Congratulations to the Sierra Madre Playhouse for receiving the grant and representing Los Angeles intimate theater so well.