The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received $35,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust to help produce a stage adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, "Pride and Prejudice."

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received $35,000 from the Oregon Cultural Trust to help produce a stage adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, "Pride and Prejudice."

The trust also awarded $7,500 to the Friends of the Oregon Caves & Chateau to restore, preserve and protect a collection of unusual furniture at the chateau, in the Oregon Caves National Monument near Cave Junction.

The grants were among 48 awards, totaling $484,000, announced this week by the cultural trust, a statewide public/private program that raises money to support and protect Oregon's arts, humanities and culture.

The trust received 144 proposals for funding. Chris D'Arcy, the trust's executive director, said the Shakespeare festival and Oregon Caves fit the legislative requirement that grants support projects of cultural significance.

The festival's grant will cover just a small portion of the costs of bringing Jane Austen's novel to the stage, said Paul Nicholson, executive director. Nicholson said production costs for a project like "Pride and Prejudice" can easily run to $1 million. Sets need to be built, costumes sewn, lighting designed, music composed, and the actors need to rehearse their parts.

Nicholson said the festival chose to adapt the novel because of its wide popularity.

"It's a truly beloved novel," he said, "with some wonderful characters that will come alive on the stage.

"It has universal themes," he said. "It's a play we believe will be attractive to a great number of our members."

The grant to the Friends of the Oregon Caves & Chateau will be used to begin the restoration of a collection of furniture in the style known as Monterey that was purchased for the building about 75 years ago.

Sue Densmore the organization's executive director, said Monterey furniture is noted for its rustic style, hand-painted colors, and wrought-iron straps and pulls. It was produced by the Mason Manufacturing company in California from 1929 to 1943, and the chateau has one of the largest surviving collections.

The grant will be used to see how to restore the entire collection of more than 200 pieces, which could eventually cost about $200,000, Densmore said.

The chateau is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the caves and surrounding land was set aside as a National Monument in 1909.

Reach reporter Bill Kettler at 776-4492 or e-mail:bkettler@mailtribune.com