In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support "A Thousand Ships" (working title), a play with music that reimagines Shakespeare’s "Twelfth Night" and celebrates the lives of African American women who migrated to the Bay Area to work in the Richmond Shipyards during World War II. California Shakespeare Theater will present the world premiere of "A Thousand Ships" in the San Francisco Bay Area no later than December 2021.
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100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, CA, 94563, United States
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for general operating support
California Shakespeare Theater presents a four-show season at the outdoor Bruns Amphitheater and a variety of year-round programs in schools and community-based venues. In 2010, the organization completed construction of a new 7,500-square-foot facility that dramatically improves the experience of its more than 40,000 patrons and artists. Through a long-term partnership with Intersection for the Arts (a Hewlett Foundation grantee), California Shakespeare Theater is bringing a wide range of constituencies together to create new works inspired by classic literature. Renewed support would enable the company to continue producing its main stage season and directly connect under-served communities with the work of classic writers