A Letter from 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow John J. Caswell, Jr.:

 
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When Page 73 called to tell me I’d been chosen as the 2017 P73 Fellow, I sent them straight to voicemail.

In my defense, I was sitting in the Flushing unemployment office waiting for my required “career counseling” meeting to keep my benefits intact when the phone rang. Shortly after, I remembered that the number had left a voicemail and called back in a joyful panic. After 10 years of self-producing my own plays, an amazing organization and new artistic family was prepared to usher me forward. I immediately felt so much less alone.

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And it’s been the most amazing and fruitful year. With ongoing dramaturgical and emotional support, both from Page 73 staff and my fellow members in the Interstate 73 writers group, I was able to complete a draft of Man Cave, a play I had been trying to birth unsuccessfully for several years. I heard it read with wonderful actors in New Haven as part of the Page 73 Summer Residency, setting me squarely on the road toward continued development.
 
I’ve also had the luxury of traveling when artistic opportunities called. When a theatre company in Denver wanted to produce a developmental reading of my play Removed, Page 73 generously arranged my travel and housing so I could be a part of the process and meet new artists and collaborators. I was also able to partake in the 2017 Humana Festival offerings, meeting artists and leaders from all over the country. And I had enough financial flexibility to join LaMama Umbria International for their annual 10-day playwright retreat in Spoleto, Italy.
 
Finally, my year culminated in an incredibly realized workshop of my play called CREAM! at Theater for the New City directed by Dustin Wills, featuring a cast of actors that left me starstruck and gushingly grateful. Never expecting such a tech and sound-driven script to have a real shot at full life, CREAM! was placed on a path more directly pointed at eventual production, complete with projections, sound design, and live tap dancing!
 
Page 73 allows me to be the playwright that I am. I have never felt so lifted up, reinforced, and believed in.
 
As Page 73’s year and my fellowship 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 playwrights like me?
 
Sincerely,
John J. Caswell, Jr.
 
2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow
2017 Interstate 73 Participant

 

 
 
 

 
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