Archive for September, 2017

Fall 2017 Season Announcement

Friday, September 29th, 2017

 

Susan StantonToday Is My Birthday, by Susan Soon He Stanton

We are so excited to announce that our Fall 2017 production will be the world premiere of Susan Soon He Stanton’s new play, Today Is My Birthday, directed by Kip Fagan. Performances begin on Tuesday, November 28 at the New Ohio Theatre for a limited run through December 23, 2017. Opening Night is December 7, 2017.

Today Is My Birthday follows Emily, a would-be writer, who retreats home to O’ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn’t help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Today Is My Birthday is a comedy about loneliness in the age of connection.

Our premiere is the culmination of a years-long collaboration between Susan and Kip, who began developing the play together at the Sundance Institute Theater Lab in 2015. Sound designer Palmer Hefferan (Orange Julius) has also been with the team since that time designing the complicated sound for a play told entirely through technological devices – whether that’s characters speaking on the phone, checking their
voicemails, talking through an apartment buzzer, or playing a role on a radio show.

Today Is My Birthday was on the 2015 Kilroys List, and earned Susan one of three inaugural Venturous Playwrights Fellowships from the Lark, a $50,000 prize for Susan as well as additional funds to support this world premiere. Full design team and cast will be announced at a later date.

Susan Soon He Stanton’s plays include Today Is My Birthday; We, the Invisibles; Takarazuka!!! (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Cygnus (Women’s Project Lab); The Things Are Against Us (Washington Ensemble Theater), and Navigator (Honolulu Theater for Youth). Most recently, she worked in London as a staff writer for the TV series Succession on HBO. She is a member of Page 73’s 2017 Interstate 73 writers group, a two-time Sundance Institute Theater Lab Resident Playwright, and an alumna of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group, SoHo Rep Writer-Director Lab, and The Women’s Project Lab, among other writers groups. Her work has been included on the Kilroy’s List in 2015, ’16, and ’17, and she was recently awarded the Leah Ryan’s FEWW Award for We, The Invisibles as well as an inaugural Venturous Playwrights Fellowship for Today Is My Birthday. She received a Feature Film Development Grant and Screenwriting Award from the Sloan Foundation. Originally from Hawai‘i, Susan an holds a BFA from NYU Tisch’s Dramatic Writing program and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.

Kip Fagan has previously directed for Page 73 the 2010 world premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s Jack’s Precious Moment and the 2012 musical workshop of Carlos Murillo’s A Thick Description of Harry Smith: Volume 1. Recent directing credits include: NYC: Zayd Dohrn’s The Profane, Heidi Schreck’s Grand Concourse (Playwrights Horizons); Jenny Rachel Weiner’s Kingdom Come (Roundabout Underground); Ike Holter’s Exit Strategy (Primary Stages); Jesse Eisenberg’s The Revisionist and Asuncion, Halley Feiffer’s How to Make Friends and Then Kill Them, Heidi Schreck’s There Are No More Big Secrets, Sheila Callaghan’s That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play (Rattlestick); Ariel Stess’s The World My Mama Raised and I’m Pretty Fucked Up, Sheila Callaghan’s Roadkill Confidential, Rachel Hoeffel’s Quail (Clubbed Thumb); Reggie Watts and Tommy Smith’s Radio Play (P.S. 122). Regional: Alliance, Long Wharf, Woolly Mammoth, Williamstown, Humana, George Street Playhouse, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Portland Center Stage, Marin Theatre Company, City Theatre. Taught and/or directed at Juilliard, NYU, SUNY Purchase, National Theatre Institute, Strasberg Center. NEA/TCG directing fellow, Clubbed Thumb affiliated artist, co-founder of Printer’s Devil in Seattle.

 

Caswell headshot smallCREAM!, by John J. Caswell, Jr.

As the P73 Playwriting Fellow, John J. Caswell, Jr. will receive a workshop of his play, CREAM!, directed by Dustin Wills (Orange Julius). The workshop will culminate in two readings of the play, October 19 and 20, which are free and open to the public (RSVP required – reservations will open in early October).

CREAM! follows the owners of a bakery who once refused to cater gay weddings as they attempt to rehabilitate their reputation on an over-the-top reality show. As Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup stated, “The play is a raucous and insightful twist on the debate over individual religious liberties. We’ll be watching the Supreme Court grapple with this very issue this season. John’s play isn’t a straightforward dramatization of that argument – it’s a full-blown explosion of it, complete with tap dancers and talking cake.”

John J. Caswell, Jr. is the 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow. He is a queer, Mexican-American playwright and director originally from Phoenix, AZ. He is also 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. His work has been named a finalist for the 2016 Princess Grace Award, the 2017 O’Neill NPC, the Woodward Newman Drama Award, and the 2017 Impact Residency at The Drama League. His plays are frequently cited as examples 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.

Dustin Wills is an NYC-based theatre director. Recent projects include Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl with Page 73 and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Frontieres Sans Frontieres by Phillip Howze at the Bushwick Starr, a new musical with Kate Tarker and Dan Schlosberg called AWFUL EVENT!, and ongoing work on a trio of short Lorca plays. Dustin has worked with The Foundry Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkeley Rep, Echo Theatre, Yale Rep, Berkshire Theatre Group, Lark Play Development Center, Paper Chairs, and Salvage Vanguard Theatre; created large-scale community puppet projects with Creative Action; and devised new work for The English Theatre of Rome and Teatro L’Arciliuto in Rome, Italy. He is a two-time recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Theatre, a Drama League and Boris Sagal directing fellow, former artistic director of the Yale Summer Cabaret, and for a couple of years gave rogue tours of the Vatican. MFA: Yale School of Drama.

Page 73 playwrights in 2017-18 seasons, around the country!

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Every Page 73 playwright is a new voice. Listen.

 

From our founding 20 years ago, Page 73 has established the careers of playwrights with astounding talent who deserve to be heard. Our work diversifies the roster of professional playwrights known and supported by theaters and audiences in New York and all across America. Our 2017-18 Alumni Map shows the impact Page 73 and our talented writers are having this season on the American theater.

Many of our writers’ professional productions this season are listed below. We’ll be updating periodically throughout the season as more productions are announced, and we hope if one of these is taking place near you, you’ll check it out! Please feel free to email us at info [at] page73.org if you hear of something that we haven’t listed here.

 

Opening September

Quiara Alegría Hudes, 2005 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2006 world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
In The Heights, Geva Theatre Center, Rochester, NY. September 5 – October 8, 2017

Hansol Jung, 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2016 Summer Residency
Wild Goose Dreams, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego, CA. September 5 – October 1, 2017

Max Posner, 2012 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2011-2012 Interstate 73, 2012 Summer Residency, 2015 world premiere of Judy
The Treasurer, Playwrights Horizons, NYC. September 6 – October 22, 2017

Gabrielle Reisman, 2014 Summer Residency, 2015 Interstate 73, 2017 Interstate 73,
Storm Still, Vortex Rep, Austin, TX. September 8 – 24, 2017

Hansol Jung, 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2016 Summer Residency
No More Sad Things, Forward Flux Productions, Seattle, WA. September 19 – October 7, 2017

 

Opening October

Jennifer Haley, 2010 Summer Residency
The Nether, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI. October 5 – 8, 12 – 14, 2017

Amy Evans, 2011-2012 Interstate 73
The Champion, TheatreSquared, Fayetteville, AR. October 11 – November 5, 2017

Janine Nabers, 2011 Summer Residency, 2011 P73 Playwriting Fellow
A Swell in the Ground, The Gift, Chicago, IL. October 13 – December 10, 2017

Robert Askins, 2010-2011 Interstate 73
Hand To God, Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA. October 20 – November 12, 2017

Kait Kerrigan (and Brian Lowdermilk), 2013 Interstate 73, Page2 workshop of Disaster Relief
The Mad Ones, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA. October 23, 2017

Janine Nabers, 2011 Summer Residency, 2011 P73 Playwriting Fellow
Welcome to Jesus, American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. October 26 December 3, 2017

 

Opening November

Quiara Alegria Hudes, 2005 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2006 world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
Water By The Spoonful / The Happiest Song Plays Last, Profile Theatre, Portland, OR. November 119, 2017

Kait Kerrigan (and Brian Lowdermilk), 2013 Interstate 73, Page2 workshop of Disaster Relief
The Mad Ones, Prospect Theatre Company/59E59, NYC. November 7 – December 17, 2017

Hansol Jung, 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2016 Summer Residency
Cardboard Piano, Actor’s Express Theatre, Atlanta, GA. November 11 – December 3, 2017

 

Opening January

Ngozi Anyanwu, 2016 Summer Residency
The Homecoming Queen, Atlantic Theatre Company, NYC. January 10 –  February 11, 2018

Jiehae Park, 2016 Interstate 73
Peerless, ArtsWest Playhouse, Seattle, WA. January 18 – February 11, 2018

MJ Kaufman, 2015 Summer Residency
Sensitive Guys, InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA. January 19 – February 11, 2018

George Brant, 2014 New York premiere of Grounded
Grounded, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Heights, OH. January 19 – February 11, 2018

George Brant, 2014 New York premiere of Grounded
Marie and Rosetta, Cleveland Play House, Cleveland, OH. January 20 – February 11, 2018

Mashuq Deen, 2014 Interstate 73, 2017 Summer Residency
Draw the Circle, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYC. January 24 – February 18, 2018

Basil Kreimendahl, 2016 Summer Residency, 2017 New York premiere of Orange Julius
We’re Gonna Be Okay, American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. January 25 March 4, 2018

George Brant, 2014 New York premiere of Grounded
Into the Breeches!, Trinity Rep, Providence, RI. January 25 – February 25, 2018

Clare Barron, 2014 Summer Residency, 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2014 world premiere of You Got Older
You Got Older, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. Jan 25 – March 11, 2018

Quiara Alegria Hudes, 2005 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2006 world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
Elliot: A Soldier’s Fugue, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. January 27 – February 25, 2018

Quiara Alegria Hudes, 2005 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2006 world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue
Water By The Spoonful, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles, CA. January 31 – March 11, 2018

 

Opening February

Antoinette Nwandu, 2015 Summer Residency
BREACH: a manifesto on race in america through the eyes of a black girl recovering from self-hate, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL. February 9 – March 11, 2018

Leah Nanako Winkler, 2015 Summer Residency, 2016 world premiere of Kentucky
Two Mile Hollow, Mixed Blood, Minneapolis, MN. February 16 – March 4, 2018

Cat Crowley, 2017 Interstate 73
World of Tomorrow, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Boise, ID. February 21 – March 10, 2018

 

Opening March

Cori Thomas, 2008-2009 Interstate 73, 2012 Summer Residency, Page2 workshop of Akosua Means Sunday (now titled Citizens Market)
Citizens Market, City Theatre Company, Pittsburgh, PA. March 3 – 25, 2018

George Brant, 2014 New York premiere of Grounded
Marie and Rosetta, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati, OH. March 3 – 31, 2018

Mia Chung, 2017 Summer Residency
You for Me for You, Sideshow Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. March 4 – April 8, 2018

 

Opening April

Harrison Rivers, 2011-2012 Interstate 73
Five Points, Theater Latté Da, Minneapolis, MN. April 4 – May 6, 2018

Clare Barron, 2014 Summer Residency, 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2014 world premiere of You Got Older
Dance Nation, Playwrights Horizons, NYC. April 13 – May 27, 2018

Samuel D. Hunter, 2009 Summer Residency, 2010 New York premiere of Jack’s Precious Moment
The Whale, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI. April 19 – 22, 26 – 28, 2018

Kara Lee Corthron, 2009 Summer Residency, 2007-2008 Interstate 73
Welcome to Fear City, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Kansas City, MO. April 28 – May 27, 2018

 

Opening May

Carlos Murillo, Page2 workshop of A Thick Description of Harry Smith (Volume One)
Diagram of a Paper Airplane, American Theatre Company, Chicago, IL. May 3 – June 10, 2018

Gabrielle Reisman, 2014 Summer Residency, 2015 Interstate 73, 2017 Interstate 73
Flood City, Theater Alliance, Washington, D.C. May 10 – June 17, 2018

Eric Pfeffinger. 2011 Summer Residency
Human Error
Denver Theatre Center, Denver, CO. May 18 – June 24, 2018.

 

Opening June

Mashuq Deen, 2014 Interstate 73, 2017 Summer Residency
Draw the Circle, InterAct Theatre Company, Philadelphia, PA. June 1 – 24, 2018

 

Opening August

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, 2011 New York premiere of Lidless
Snow in Midsummer, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland, OR. August 2 – October 27, 2018

 

DATES NOT ANNOUNCED

Alex Lubischer, 2016 Interstate 73
Bobbie Clearly, Roundabout, NYC. Spring 2018

Jason Grote (and Marisa Michelson), 2006 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2007 New York premiere of 1001
One Thousand Nights and One Day, Prospect Theatre Company/59E59, NYC. Dates TBA.

Hansol Jung, 2016 P73 Playwriting Fellow, 2016 Summer Residency
Cardboard Piano, International City Theatre, Long Beach, CA. Dates TBA