A Letter from 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow Clare Barron:
When I found out I received the 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellowship we were in the middle of a Polar Vortex. My life had sort of fallen apart, and I had no idea what was coming next. I remember skating across an icy parking lot in my snow boots to take the call from Page 73 in private and promptly bursting into tears. Like manna from heaven, they offered me the chance to spend an entire year working with them on my plays and gave me a lifeline of financial support. It was an awesome opportunity, obviously. But I had no idea how much it would change my life.
We began the year with a dance workshop of my play Dirty Crusty, which ends with a 20-minute ballet, led by the incredible choreographer Sam Pinkleton. It was an ambitious project: Actors were going to dance ballet! And ballet dancers were going to act! By the end of it, I understood the heart of the play like never before. But that was just the beginning… Page 73 whisked me off to the Humana Festival where I met colleagues from around the country. They took me to a weeklong summer retreat to write among a wonderful community of playwrights and artists. And they were always there to receive my phone calls and emails with questions about my work or my career. It felt like I had found a family and a home.
Mid-way through my Fellowship year, Page 73 blew my mind when they decided to produce my play You Got Older. I couldn’t have been in better hands than with Page 73 and the extraordinary team they assembled. I felt so supported to take risks, and I learned so much about myself as an artist. I remember watching the director Anne Kauffman expertly choreograph a daring Cowboy rescue and thinking: this is one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.
So as Page 73’s year and my Fellowship year draw to a close (and we prepare for Polar Vortex 2.0!), 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? I can’t wait to meet the next group of playwrights who will enter their programs and receive beautiful productions – and I want those writers to have an experience every bit as meaningful as mine. Your support will help keep Page 73’s incredible new play development and production resources thriving.
I feel ridiculously lucky that Page 73 took a chance on me. The type of all-encompassing support they offer writers who are just at the start of their careers is truly a rare and ballsy thing. Without a doubt, it’s changed my life, my work, and my career. I wish this kind of innovative, far-reaching support for every emerging playwright!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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For further information about supporting Page 73, please write to email@example.com. 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.