Last winter, I was pacing around a darkened theatre, watching tech rehearsal for my first regional premiere. I was thrilled with the work; I kept thinking, “this is what I want to do with my life.” But I knew that after opening, I’d get on Amtrak and come home to bills I couldn’t pay and a future more uncertain than ever. While the designers fixed a cue, I excused myself to take a phone call. I was greeted by voices I had come to know fondly: the staff at Page 73. They told me I would be their 2015 Fellow. I sat down in the lobby and cried.
The Fellowship allowed me to make decisions as a playwright. As the Fellow, I could say “I need to go to Boston for a week to research,” and it happened. My play Swept now earns its Boston setting with more nuance and complexity. I could say “I need to work on this play in a room with a team for a week,” and it happened – twice. Both of my plays The Wedge Horse and The Blameless were in between drafts, and Page 73 teamed me up with wonderful directors Daniella Topol and GT Upchurch along with phenomenal casts to pull the scenes apart, explore what was inside, then put them back together in stronger form.
During the Fellowship year, some decisions were an easy “yes,” like when Page 73 asked if I wanted to go to the Humana Festival to see amazing new plays and meet inspiring artists, or when they asked if I wanted to join their Summer Residency to spend a week writing. Other decisions were more difficult, like when I had a chance to travel for more work on The Blameless but was worried about the costs. Page 73 made that another easy “yes” by taking care of the travel arrangements for me.
Perhaps the most powerful aspect of the Fellowship is always having a team who believes my next play should exist. They work my fears into manageable goals; they discuss my dreams with me as plans. Page 73 makes my future as a playwright their priority, which allows me to do the same.
As Page 73’s year and my Fellowship year draw to a close, I am writing to personally ask you to support Page 73. Will you consider making a tax-deductible gift to Page 73 so they can continue to change the lives of early-career playwrights like me? There are playwrights out there right now saying, “this is what I want to do with my life,” though it seems like it can’t happen. Your gift will help Page 73 ask those playwrights, “How can we make this happen?” And they will.
2015 P73 Playwriting Fellow
Welcome to our membership program that gets you priority access to productions, readings and workshops — and, of course, our parties!
Your $250 membership means you will:
- • Enjoy a VIP seat and the after-party for each Page 73 production.
- • Join us for a year of readings and workshops of our playwrights’ newest work.
- • Raise a glass with our writers and friends at our fruitcake-free holiday party.
- • Celebrate our alumni writers with invitation to Page 73 nights at colleague theaters’ premieres of their work.
Your support will help us:
- • Produce a playwright’s first professional NYC premiere.
- • Award 1 writer the annual P73 Playwriting Fellowship.
- • Make a home for 8 writers in our Interstate 73 writers group.
- • Take 4 writers to Yale for a week of writing at our Summer Residency.
Annual membership is $250, of which $160 is tax-deductible. If you have any questions about our Family Table program, please contact us at email@example.com or 718-398-2099.
To discuss larger giving opportunities and other ways to be involved, please call Executive Director Liz Jones at 718-398-2099.
Page Seventy-Three Productions Inc., d/b/a Page 73 Productions, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation organized in the State of New York. We rely heavily on the contributions of individuals to support our programs, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. Contributions can be made via US mail to:
Page 73 Productions
80 Hanson Place, Sixth floor
Brooklyn, NY 11217
For further information about supporting Page 73, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks so much for your interest an support. Every dollar we receive goes a long way towards providing valuable resources to the early-career playwrights that we serve. Page 73 is supported in part by the generosity of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Alliance of Resident Theatres: New York.