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The Alliance Theatre will stage the winning play, "Bike America," in February.

The Alliance Theatre has received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its national graduate playwriting competition.

The Alliance National Graduate Playwriting Competition solicits plays from students at leading fine arts graduate programs across the country. The winner receives a full production at the Alliance.

The money from the NEA grant will be used to help stage the world premiere of “Bike America,” the most recent winner, on the Alliance’s Hertz Stage in February, as well as staged readings of the competition finalists with industry professionals in New York and Atlanta.

Playwright Mike Lew

“Bike America,” by Mike Lew of the Juilliard Drama Division, tells the story of Penny, a student who seemingly can’t find her place in the world and embarks on a bicycle trip across America. The play portrays the restlessness of the millennial generation.

The competition and production are also supported by a 2005 gift from the Kendeda Fund and a grant by the Steinberg Charitable Trust.

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