The Broadway Rose Theatre Company received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Access to Artistic Excellence program. The money will help pay for the company’s world premiere of Duane Nelsen’s musical Ripper.  Right off the top, I can’t remember a larger grant specifically for a new theatrical work in the Portland area, and it’s Broadway Rose’s first NEA grant of any kind.

Ripper debuts Aug. 3 and runs through Aug. 21 in Broadway Rose’s home in the Deb Fennell Auditorium at Tigard High School. It sports a cast of 23 and an orchestra of 11. Here’s the summary from the company:

“The PennyWise Music Hall is home to an illusionist who saws women in half while real murders are taking place on the streets outside. Reporter Chester Talbot (played by Isaac Lamb) sets out to unravel the mystery — but what he sees may not be what it seems.”

We’ll be getting back to this as opening night draws nigh.