• The Shadows is the first National Trust for Historic Preservation site in the Gulf South. The home and garden are as breathtaking as the history preserved here.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation seeks to commission a playwright to write a dramatic work that will focus on William G. “Bunk” Johnson (ca. 1880-1949), an accomplished jazz trumpeter, who performed in concert halls and on stages from California to New York, but who always returned to his chosen hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. In New Iberia, Johnson was known to practice his trumpet and work odd jobs including as yardman at The Shadows-on-the-Teche.

This project is funded by the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Applications will be due May 29, 2018 and project dates will be June 1-October 31, 2018. The chosen playwright will receive a stipend of $15,000, to be paid in three installments of $5,000 each at the beginning, mid-point, and conclusion of the project. The playwright is responsible for his/her own personal living expenses, travel, supplies and any other expenses related to the cost of producing work that may be incurred during the project.

Detailed call for playwright and application can be accessed here.