Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - December 15, 2000
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The Lost World, the award-winning, professional theater company in residence at Whittier College's Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, has received a $25,000 grant from Edison International based in Rosemead, said David Muller, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at the college.

Given as part of Edison's Arts for the Community Initiative, the grant will be used to underwrite and create a community outreach program for The Lost World's series of staged readings of Horton Foote's masterpiece, The Orphans' Home Cycle, as well as a world-premiere production of Foote's "The Day Emily Married." The nine-play series, The Orphans' Home, has never before been presented in its entirety and is currently running at the college, one play per month, through May, 2000, and the Equity production of "The Day Emily Married" will be staged at the Shannon Center in June.

The outreach program will target community members who do not usually attend theatrical events due to financial restrictions or a lack of familiarity with the theater, said Crystal Brian, associate professor of theatre arts and artistic director of The Lost World. Low-cost vouchers, distributed to organizations such as the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs, will allow these new audiences to attend the live productions and become better acquainted with the theater.

Additionally, the new program will provide monthly opportunities for Whittier College students to experience challenging theater in the city of Whittier, at no cost to them.

"I am thrilled that Edison International has chosen to help fund The Lost World at the Shannon Center and our series of readings and productions of new American plays," said Brian. "The grant will make it possible to provide accessible professional theater for both Whittier College students and the greater Whittier community."

"The program will provide excellent opportunities for our Theatre Department students as it seeks to develop new audiences by attracting individuals from across campus and the community at large," said Muller. "Of particular benefit is the access to the arts it will provide for individuals who otherwise might not be able to afford it. I am absolutely delighted that Edison International has decided to help us fund this important endeavor."

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

Edison International's Arts for the Community Initiative was launched in January 1998 to provide increased accessibility and affordability of the arts for under-served communities, to improve appreciation of the arts and to promote excellence as well as sustainability of local arts programs. For information, call 1-888-8EDISON.

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