George Mason University has received a $10,000 grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy to finance 15 performances from "The Living Newspaper" in five locations this sumer.

"The Living Newspaper" is a collection of plays that depict social and economic issues of the Depression years. The scripts are part of a large collection known as the Federal Theatre Project, an offshoot of the Works Progress Administration of that era.

The Federal Theatre Project collection was discovered in September, 1974, in a Library of Congress warehouse. It is on permanent loan to George Mason University, and housed in the Fenwick Library, where the Research Center for the Federal Theatre Project has been established.

The project sought to employ playwrights, actors and theater technicians who were out of weok. "The Living Newspaper" represents the efforts of those people to arouse interest in the overwhelming social concerns of the time.

Last year, the university received a $6,690 grant to finance 12 performances.

This year's offerings highlight energy, consumerism and housing. Three performances of the production will be stages in five places. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free. For information, call the extended studies department at 323-2467. Production dates and places are as follows:

June 2-4, lecture hall, George Mason University, Fairfax; June 6-8, Thomas Beckett Catholic Center, Reston; June 16-18, The Lyceum, Alexandria; June 21-23, Washington Project for the Arts, Washington; June 27-29, McLean Community Center, McLean.