Jonathan Norton almost didn't apply for the Artistic Innovations grant twice. But the third time was the charm for the local playwright, who was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Mid-America Arts Alliance this week. Of 137 applicants, Norton was one of 15 recipients of the grants, "awarded to support the creation and presentation of new work."
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Norton was awarded the grant for his play, Mississippi Goddamn, a fictional account of the events surrounding civil rights activist Megdar Evers. He's been workshopping the play for the past year, thanks to a Diaspora Performing Arts Commission from the South Dallas Cultural Center and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
"Fortunately I got invited to formally apply," says Norton. "[Honestly] what made me apply was the thought that not applying might make me look bad if I ever tried to apply for something with M-AAA in the future, So I applied... and got it."
Mississippi Goddamn is slated for full production in sunny South Dallas in February 2015 at the South Dallas Cultural Center.