February 25th, 2015
Congratulations to the 2015 members of Interstate 73!
The I73 writers group meets twice a month in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, giving its members an opportunity to share new pages, engage with other emerging writers, and receive developmental feedback and support. Each writer will also have the option of receiving a public or private reading sometime during the year.
We’re excited to work with these seven writers over the next year as they develop current drafts and generate new material.
Read more below about the newest members of the Page 73 family.
Greg Beam got his start as a dramatist at the University of Chicago, penning sketches for the comedy troupe Off-Off Campus (whose alumni include Tony Award-winners David Auburn and Greg Kotis, and podcast superstar Sarah Koenig, none of whom he knows personally) and got serious about writing while pursuing his MFA in Acting at UC-Irvine. His play Keepsake premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London in 2014; it was called “smart, stylish, sharply realistic drama with a crackling tension” (TimeOut London) and “something important in the modern theatre” (British Theatre Guide). Other productions include Conatus Interruptus (By the Light of a Match Festival), The Drama Lesson (TinyRhino), The Hard Way (Around the Coyote Festival), and The Bloody Romantic, co-written with Eric Poulin (The Broken Compass at Chicago Dramatists); he has been published in Independent Playwrights, Euphony, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Greg was a member of the writing team for the sketch show Hot Fun in the Wintertime, which played at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 2013, and the web series Wendy, currently in production. He has been a two-time semifinalist for the O’Neill Center National Playwrights Conference and is a member of the 2015 Interstate 73 writers group at Page 73. As of this writing, he is hip-deep in his second novel, part of a multi-format cycle based on Buddhist cosmology, which he promises is way less pretentious than it sounds. His best work to date is an insanely lovable infant named Milo.
Steve DiUbaldo is a playwright, screenwriter, poet, and teaching artist based in New York City. Plays include Under the Water Tower, Boomer’s Millennial Hero Story, It’s Only Quiet in the Dark, Coyote and the Origin of Death and The Solitudes, among others in progress. His work has appeared in production and workshop in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. Onstage at: Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, A Red Orchid Theater (Chicago) with terraNOVA Collective, Cherry Lane, Tisch School of the Arts, LAByrinth, Greenwood Cemetery (commissioned by the NYU Ireland House for his adaptation of William Sampson’s The Catholic Question in America), Loyola Marymount University with the “Del Rey Players,” the Lyric Theater (LA), Pico Playhouse, the Underground (LA), and Jimmy’s #43 with Rising Phoenix Rep’s “Cino Nights.” He is a member of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre apprentice company, “The Middle Voice,” which will have a workshop production of his new play, Exposure, in 2015. He was a 2014 terraNOVA Collective “Groundbreaker,” is a member of Page 73’s 2015 Interstate 73 writers group and was a recipient of “The Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwright Foundation Fellowship” and the “Excellence in Playwriting Award” at NYU, where he received his MFA in Dramatic Writing in 2013.
Jerry Lieblich is a Brooklyn-based playwright. He is a (proud!) current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers group, an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Smith + Tinker (HERE Arts Center), an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellow, and is the writerly half of the devising team Tiny Little Band. His plays include D Deb Debbie Deborah (Soho Rep W/D Lab), Ghost Stories (PRELUDE 2014), Untitled Tech Startup CEO Piece (THROW at The Chocolate Factory), Nostalgia is a Mild Form of Grief (|the claque| Reads, Pipeline Theater Company), Eudaemonia (not just 3 New Plays), and 1927 (Ars Nova ANT Fest). He has been a finalist for the Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville), T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange (Old Vic Theatre), Global Age Project (Aurora Theater), and New Works Festival (Kitchen Dog Theater). He also writes regularly for Culturebot, is a published scientist and used to work at a zoo. BA: Yale. www.tinylittleband.com
Brian Otaño grew up in Brooklyn, NY. His plays include The Ocean at Your Door, What We Told the Neighbors, Between the Sandbar and the Shore and Zero Feet Away. Brian’s numerous short plays have been performed at Ars Nova, INTAR, Manhattan Theater Source, Cakeshop and Theatre 3. His work has been developed and workshopped with New Dramatists, Ars Nova, Atlantic Theater Company, LARK Play Development Center, The Attic Theater Company, Judson Memorial Church and SPACE on Ryder Farm. Brian is a current member of Page 73’s Interstate 73 writers group. Residencies/Fellowships: New York Theater Workshop 2050 Fellowship, New Dramatists Van Lier Fellowship, ArsNova’s Playgroup. Education: BFA, Dramatic Writing (SUNY Purchase).
Gabrielle Reisman is a playwright and director based in New York and New Orleans. She is a member of the 2015 Interstate 73 writers group and participated in Page 73’s 2014 summer residency. She is a founder of Underbelly, a theatre collaborative that stages immersive journey-plays in forgotten spaces, and is the director of Brooklyn Yard. Gabrielle’s plays have been produced in train stations, backyards, and warehouses across the country and have been translated into German. She’s taught playwriting and theatre-making at UT Austin, The Kenyon Playwrights Conference, and in New Orleans’s public schools. Gabrielle was an NNPN Playwright in Residence at Southern Rep in New Orleans. She is an affiliated artist with New Georges, a resident playwright for The NOLA Project, and a MacDowell Colony Fellow. Gabrielle was the recipient of a Rosa Parks Award from The Kennedy Center and has developed work at The Orchard Project, EST, and the Lark among others. She received a BA from The University of New Orleans and MFA from The University of Texas at Austin.
Tracy Thorne’s play, We Are Here, received its world premiere on the mainstage at New York Stage and Film and was also produced at the Contemporary American Theater Festival. It was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and is published by Dramatists Play Service. Her play, The Nature of Things, developed and workshopped at SohoRep in 2013, was nominated for The Kilroys list. Tracy recently finished a new play, True Love, and her others include Will and Testament, A Ridiculous Trade and Quick Bright Things. Her plays have been finalists and semi-finalists at the O’Neill, PlayPenn, New Harmony, Bay Area Playwights and Seven Devils. They have also received workshops and/or readings at various American theatres – MCC, The Cherry Lane, NYS&F, Florida Stage, The Lark, The Dramatists Guild and The Women’s Project – to name a few. Tracy is a recent recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep. She was a member of the SohoRep Writer/Director Lab, a playwriting fellow at The Lark and is currently a member of Page 73’s 2015 Interstate 73 writers group. She’s written a screenplay called Natural History and just finished a television pilot, Lucy Lives Uptown. Tracy worked as an actor in New York and London, collaborating with directors such as Matthew Warchus, Phyllida Lloyd, Anna Deavere Smith, Tony Kushner and Thomas Babe. So too, she appeared in some movies and on TV. Tracy studied History at Smith College, is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and lives in Harlem USA with her family.
Mfoniso Udofia is a New York based storyteller, actor, slam poet and teaching artist. She attended Wellesley College for Political Science and obtained her MFA in Acting from San Francisco’s Tony award-winning American Conservatory Theater. During this stay in the Bay Area, Udofia pioneered a youth initiative, The Nia Project, which provided artistic outlets for youth residing in Bayview/Huntspoint. Some of Ms. Udofia’s plays include: The Grove, Sojourners, runboyrun, Her Portmanteau, Lilyvine, hunger and Sherman: ablackcomedy.
Udofia’s play, Sojourners, was just seen at the 2014 NNPN conference as part of the National New Play Showcase, and she will be traveling to San Francisco, Winter 2015, to workshop her play, runboyrun, with the American Conservatory Theater’s M.F.A program. Her work has also been developed and/or presented by Playwrights Realm, Sundance Theatre Lab, Makehouse, Soul Productions, terraNOVA, Page 73, The New Black Fest, Rising Circle’s INKTank, At Hand Theatre Company, The Standard Collective, Liberation Theatre Company and JJCEO Youth Programs in Birmingham, Alabama. She has received a commission from Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theater to write the 4th installation in the Ufot Family Cycle, Her Portmanteau. Udofia has been a finalist NYTW’s 20/50 Fellowship, The Source Festival, Lark Playwrights’ Week and the 2013 Many Voices Fellowship. She has also achieved semifinalist status for the 2014 Cherry Lane Mentor Project and the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. Follow her at @mfudofia and check out her site www.mfonisoudofia.com for the latest news.