Princeton Festival’s ‘Nixon in China’ Wins Major Grant From NEA

By David Salazar

The Princeton Festival has received a $13,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for its upcoming production of “Nixon in China.”

“Nixon in China” will be performed on June 23 and 30 at the Matthews Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. Sean Anderson will take on the title role while Rainelle Krause will be Pat Nixon. Cameron Schutza will be Chairman Mao and Teresa Castillo will be Madame Mao. Joseph Barron will be Henry Kissinger, Liz Culpepper will be the First Secretary, John Viscardi will be the Premier Chou En Lai, Emily Marvosh will be the Second Secretary, and Kristin Gornstein will be the Third Secretary.

This is the fifth such NEA Grant that the company has been awarded in its 15-year history. The company previously received such a prize in 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 from a number of operas, including “Ariodante” and “Porgy and Bess.”

“We are honored to receive this prestigious grant from the NEA,” said Richard Tang Yuk, the Festival’s Artistic and Executive Director. “’Nixon in China’ is a landmark in American opera, a profound and mesmerizing work with broad audience appeal. The NEA’s award supports our effort to realize the opera’s full impact in a new production that brings out the human dimensions of its story.”