Announcing our 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow

We are thrilled to announce our 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow!

John J. Caswell, Jr.




John is an incredibly talented playwright who we are proud to have selected for the fourteenth annual P73 Playwriting Fellowship. John will receive a $10,000 award and a development budget to use in collaboration with Page 73 throughout 2017. We will produce at least one public workshop for John this year, and look forward to inviting you!



John is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and the Artistic Director of Progressive Theatre Workshop, a company that has made plays for the past ten years. He has developed and shown work across Arizona and in New York City at HERE, Dixon Place, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, Primary Stages, and more. He has worked closely with Richard Foreman and Ontological Hysteric Theater, studied with Circle Repertory Company founder and Tony Award winner Marshall W. Mason, and learned directly from Anne Bogart and SITI Company at Arizona State University. His play God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper in Concert – Live from Hell (HERE, Joe’s Pub) was named a “Best of 2013” by Time Out New York, who called it “batshit crazy.” His play Cake was named a 2016 Princess Grace Award finalist, a Drama League Impact Residency semifinalist, and was workshopped most recently at Dixon Place. He has also been named a finalist for the Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman Drama Award, and is the recipient of grants from the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University, as well as The Arizona Commission on the Arts. His work is cited frequently as an example of queer-themed theatre, most recently referenced in articles appearing in Theatre Topics, The International Journal of the Creative Arts in Interdisciplinary Practice, and the European Journal of Comparative American Studies. Included as a consummate demonstration of auto-ethnographic theatre, his play SHOTS: A Love Story was published as part of Johnny Saldaña’s book Ethnotheatre: Research From Page to Stage published by Left Coast Press. He lives in Astoria, Queens with his partner and a Chihuahua named Desi.


Congratulations also to the 2017 Fellowship Finalists: Ngozi Anyanwu, Alexander Borinsky, and Claire Kiechel!

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