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Buffalo, N.Y., Theater Wins $50,000 Grant

BUFFALO, NY (AP) — Studio Arena Theatre has won the 2004 Theatre Visions Fund award for the development of new plays in Buffalo.

The $50,000 award from the national Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation is given to one theater each year.

Studio Arena's efforts at play development will be further enhanced by a three-year, $170,000 grant from the Buffalo-based John Oishei Foundation announced this week.

"We are very excited by the opportunities these grants offer us in providing an environment for playwrights to create new work and to become an integral part of the Studio Arena artistic life," said Ken Neufeld, the theater's executive director.