June 23rd, 2014

Page 73′s 16th year goes out with a bang!

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Help us close out our 16th and biggest year!

A donation today to Page 73 will help us create even more opportunities for playwrights next season.
 
Consider a gift in honor of our remarkable season:

$2 to celebrate 2 hit premieres, Grounded andWhen January Feels Like Summer, by playwrights making their NYC debut!

$16 in honor of Page 73′s 16th year!

$90 to celebrate a 9-performance Grounded remount at Cleveland Play House!

$130 to cheer for 13 playwrights in our 2013 and 2014 Interstate 73 writers groups for bimonthly sessions and public readings of their work!

$460 to commend the 460 early-career playwrights who applied for our 2015 development programs!

$2000 to celebrate 2 P73 Playwriting Fellows, Caroline V. McGraw (2013) and Clare Barron (2014), for a year of creating new work!

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P.S. Want to be even closer to Page 73? Join our Family Table membership program for a year of insider access to events, parties, and productions!
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June 11th, 2014

Audiences and critics cheer for When January Feels Like Summer!

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Two weeks left to catch Cori Thomas’s “engaging,” “poignant” New York premiere!

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The New York Times‘s Charles Isherwood raves:

“engaging, buoyantly acted romantic comedy”

“superbly judged direction”

“crackling, funny dialogue”

 

And he’s not alone!
“Daniella Topol’s production…has a cast that makes the dialogue sing.”
New York Post

“In Cori Thomas’s insightful and poignant new play… Debargo Sanyal deliver[s] a heartbreaking performance,” and lends “perfectly timed offhand humor.” - Theatermania

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!

 

June 2nd, 2014

Now Playing: WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER!

Grab a friend, pick a night, and get your tickets to Cori Thomas’s warmhearted and funny New York debut! We’re having a blast sharing the incredible performances by Dion Graham, Mahira Kakkar, J. Mallory McCree, Debargo Sanyal, and Maurice Williams with audiences and want to see you there! (CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!)

If you join us on the weekends this summer, every ticket to our 2pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday performances is just $10. Or come for Summer Fridays at 7pm to enjoy a free drink before the show!

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May 14th, 2014

Meet the Cast of JANUARY!

The second production in our first-ever two-premiere season, Cori Thomas’s When January Feels Like Summer, starts in just two weeks! We’re co-producing Cori’s New York debut with our friends at the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Both Page 73 and EST have been working with Cori for years in our development programs (including Interstate 73 - come see our next reading tomorrow!), and we echo Cori’s sentiment from a recent interview: “It thrills me that my two artistic homes, EST and Page 73, are co-producing When January Feels Like Summer.“ Read the full interview with Cori here!

To celebrate our two-premiere season, we’re offering a big discount!

50% off: $15 tickets for all performances when purchased before May 28!

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May 12th, 2014

Join us for Becca Schlossberg’s Interstate 73 reading!

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Dear Friends,

We are thrilled for our next Interstate 73 reading of the year on May 15: Becca Schlossberg’s All We Are, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. We can’t wait to introduce you to this talented playwright!

RESERVE YOUR FREE SEAT!

 

PAGE 73 PRESENTS
AN INTERSTATE 73 READING OF

ALL WE ARE

by Becca Schlossberg
directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

with Dashiell Eaves, Carmen Zilles,
and Frankie Alvarez

Thursday, May 15 at 7PM
ART/NY Spaces @ 520
520 8th Ave, 3rd Floor
Bruce Mitchell Room

Tate may only be 24, but she’s already spent years working as one of Manhattan’s best drug dealers, thanks to her charming older mentor Jackson. When her boyfriend proposes, Tate’s desire for a new life forces her to pull away from the only career and father figure she has ever known. Among painful revelations and betrayals, Tate learns the price of breaking free and the cost of survival. All We Are looks at a generation trying to rise to the height of their ambitions, and the perpetual uncertainty of the climb.
Becca Schlossberg’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad: Guidance, Cal & Grey, All We Are, Hands, Punches, 3boys, Just Like I Wanted, The Secrets of Aiden Brooks, Merrily³, The Marvels and Wonders of 1001 Nights, and Where Did the Bees Go. She is a three time recipient of the Robert Fischer Oxnam Award in Playwriting in conjunction with Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is also the co-founder and associate artistic director of Sunglasses After Dark Productions. She happily resides in Brooklyn, NY. BA: Drew University; MFA: The New School for Drama.

April 30th, 2014

Thank you for making our benefit a success!

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DEAR FRIENDS,

We were so thrilled by the love shown to our playwrights at Page 73’s Spring Benefit on Friday. From Michael Mitnick‘s incredible songs to the imaginative and hilarious Bake Off excerpts from Robert AskinsCaroline V. McGraw and Heidi Schreck, the whole event illustrated the extraordinary legacy our writers have created at Page 73. It was a fantastic night!

The evening was not only a lot of fun, but also a great success. We are so thankful for the support our benefit received, helping to ensure Page 73’s future as a home for ambitious and excellent work. Thanks to our generous community, we raised $115,000 for our programs for early-career playwrights. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! We can’t wait to show you the next great projects from our writers — stay tuned!

With gratitude,

Liz, Asher, Michael and Rachel

P.S. Know any early-career playwrights? The online application for our 2015 development programs is due tomorrow night!

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March 27th, 2014

Q&A from Application Info Session

Thanks to everyone who made it out for our Application Info Session on Tuesday! We enjoyed mingling with a roomful of talented folk – did we hear someone tweet #playwrightmingle? – and diving into your questions about the 2015 application.

You can find a hand-out of the basic information here and answers from Michael Walkup, Rachel Karpf and 2013 Fellow Caroline V. McGraw below:

Should my Letter of Intent be one continuous essay or should I answer each question individually?

In the 400 applications we received last year, we saw successful – and unsuccessful – versions of both. Whether you decide to write a seamless essay or divide and conquer based on the prompts, what’s most important is that you do address each question specifically. Use these questions to show us you possess self-awareness about where you’re at as an artist and in your career and how Page 73 can serve you best. Original, thoughtful answers will stand out over boilerplate letters of intent.

Question 4 in the Letter of Intent asks you to choose in which Page 73 programs you’re interested. Does it hurt me to apply to all of the programs?

No, apply to any and all the programs you want! Tell us how each program can best support you as a playwright. Make sure you understand the resources associated with each opportunity by reading the application and our website.

In Question 5, Page 73 asks what play you would like to write and why. What’s the importance of this question in the Letter of Intent?

Don’t worry, it’s not a trick question! We don’t require you to write the play you propose if you participate in one of our 2015 programs. What we’re focusing on here is fleshing out your artistic vision. Our first prompt, “Tell us about yourself as a playwright,” opens the letter with an introduction of yourself as an artist, and Question 5 gives you the opportunity to illustrate how you would translate your point-of-view and artistic goals in a new project.

Do you consider demographics in your selection process? I noticed your past two Fellows were women. Does that mean it’s time for a man?

No! We are most excited to support talented playwrights who need our specific resources to help launch their careers, and we know these playwrights come from all backgrounds. The bottom line is that our next Fellow will be the writer who excites us, challenges us, and is ready to use the resources of the Fellowship to take a significant stride forward in his or her career.

We keep the hassle of applying as low as possible — applications are online and free. We encourage everyone to apply!

Do I need to have studied theatre in school or have received an MFA in playwriting?

No, absolutely not. The only important note on continuing education is that applicants are ineligible if enrolled in a degree/certificate program at the time of participation. (The idea being those writers currently have a network of resources through their school, and we seek to provide resources for those who don’t have that!)

As Page 73’s 2013 Fellow, Caroline, did you work on exactly what you set out in your application?

Nope. And that was fine. There are about 7 months between the application due date and choosing the fellow, and a lot can change in 7 months! The Fellowship responds to where you’re at and what you need to work on the project at hand.

If you keep the questions coming, we’ll post feedback! You can email Rachel Karpf with questions about the 2015 application. Check back here for regular updates, and APPLY!

February 18th, 2014

Information Session about Page 73′s Annual Application

Page 73 will be hosting an information session about our application for interested playwrights on Tuesday, March 25, from 7-8pm in the Bruce Mitchell Room at ART/NY – 520 8th Avenue, 3rd floor. Please click here to reserve a spot for the session.

Applications will be due May 1, 2014.

Applications for Page 73′s 2015 P73 Playwriting Fellowship, 2014 Interstate 73 Writers Group, and 2015 Summer Residency are now available online!

Applicants may apply for one or more of the following three programs:
The P73 Playwriting Fellowship
A year-long program that offers comprehensive development support plus a cash stipend of $10,000 to one playwright annually. The 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow is Clare Barron.
The Interstate 73 Writers Group
Our writers group of six to eight playwrights meets twice a month to share new pages with each other and Page 73′s directors. Each member of Interstate 73 also receives a public or closed reading of a play at some point during the year. The 2014 members of Interstate 73 are Jonathan Caren, Mashuq Deen, Sarah Gancher, Nick Gandiello, Kevin Kautzman, Janine Nabers, Becca Schlossberg & Emily Schwend.
The Page 73 Summer Residency
Four writers join us each summer for a week on the Yale campus to either develop drafts in a solo retreat or collaborate with a director and a group of actors. The participants in the 2013 Summer Residency were Nick Gandiello, Mfoniso Udofia, Meghan Kennedy, and Caroline V. McGraw.

February 4th, 2014

Announcing the 2014 P73 Playwriting Fellow

Clare Barron is the 2014 Fellow!

Congratulations, Clare!

 

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Clare Barron is a playwright and performer from Wenatchee, Washington. Her plays include Baby Screams Miracle (Clubbed Thumb Summerworks); Solar Plexus (Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Marathon of One-Act Plays); Dirty Crusty (Youngblood’s Unfiltered); and a boy put this girl in a cage with a dog and the dog killed the girl (developed at Colt Coeur, The Bushwick Starr, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts). She is a current member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and Youngblood at EST. She is a two-time finalist for the Clubbed Thumb Biennial Commission and is the recipient of an EST/Sloan grant to develop a play about a prehistoric fish. As an actor, Clare recently appeared in the world premiere of Heidi Schreck’s The Consultant at Long Wharf Theatre directed by Kip Fagan. She’s also acted with Target Margin Theater and EST. Clare studied at the Grotowski Institute, the Hemispheric Institute, and Yale as an undergrad where she wrote pieces for the Theater of Desire Cabaret helmed by Deb Margolin. She helps administer the Pataphysics Playwriting Workshops at The Flea, makes short films with director Kobi Libii, and is a member of Masrah Ensemble – a theater company in Beirut, Lebanon. In 2013 she traveled to Beirut to play Mae in an Arabic-English production of María Irene Fornés’ Mud.

February 4th, 2014

Introducing the 2014 Members of I73

Congratulations to the 2014 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 eight 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.

dsa deen 2_079A first-generation South Asian American playwright and performer, Mashuq Deen is a P73 Interstate writing group member (2014-15), a NYFA Fellowship recipient (2013), a New York Theatre Workshop 2050 Fellow (2013-14) and Usual Suspect, an alumni member of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers Group (2009), an affiliate artist with the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (2012-13), a former LMCC SPARC Fellow (2013), as well as one of the artists chosen for the 2013 Tofte Lake Center emerging artist retreat. Full length plays: Shut-Up!  (Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize, James Baldwin Award), Tank and Horse (Berkshire Fringe Festival), and Draw the Circle (produced at InterAct Theatre and presented at Hampshire College, PACE University; staged readings: Public Theater, Dixon Place, Berkshire Fringe, NYTW at Dartmouth, Passage Theatre, and Queens Theatre in the Park). His new play, People Are Made of Flesh and Bone, about the 1984 anti-Sikh massacres in India, is currently in development (readings: Hemispheric Institute). Deen is currently working on a new project as part of his NYTW Fellowship exploring how mental illness is treated in hospitals. He received his MFA at the ASDS/New School of Drama.

Sarah-Gancher1-EditsSarah Gancher is a playwright with a passion for epic stories, big ideas, and deep comedy. Her plays have been produced or developed at institutions such as London’s National Theatre, Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre, Budapest’s Quarter6Quarter7 Festival, PS122, La Mama, Ars Nova, NYC SummerStage, New York Stage and Film/Powerhouse, the Women’s Project, the Great Plains Theater Conference, Portland’s Fertile Ground Festival, and Telluride Theatre, among others. She frequently collaborates with devising ensembles such as NYC’s The TEAM, Colorado’s Telluride Theatre, Portland, Oregon’s Hand2Mouth, and Blue Man Group. She is the winner of the 2013 Founder’s Award from New York Stage and Film, a recipient of the Jewish Plays Project’s OPEN Residency, a 2012—2014 Time Warner Fellow at the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and a 2012—2013 member of the Ars Nova Play Group. Upcoming: The Architecture of Becoming with Women’s Project at City Center.

Nick Gandiello MugNick Gandiello is a playwright, screenwriter, and teaching artist based in NYC. Twice a finalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, he also attended the company’s 2013 Summer Residency at Yale. Nick was a member of the 2012-13 Play Group at Ars Nova, where his play Sunrise Highway received an Out Loud reading. His full-length plays include Oceanside (to make its Regional premiere in 2015), Black Fly Spring (to receive a developmental production at Xavier University), and Off the Realness (The New School for Drama’s New Voices Festival). Other NYC credits include At the Finish (to be published in Smith and Kraus’s Best Ten Minute Plays of 2014), Travis Winters (winner: Best Play, Audience Favorite; American Globe Theatre), and Screen (Samuel French Off Off Broadway Short Play Festival). Nick has attended residencies at The Blue Mountain Center and SPACE on Ryder Farm. For the screen, he has developed a feature-length script with 7th Empire Media and a television pilot with Ready Set Go Productions. Nick is the Literary Manager of Young Playwrights Inc., through which he has led playwriting workshops in NYC, Virginia, and Miami. He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The New School for Drama.

kevin_kautzman-300x276Kevin Kautzman is a playwright originally from North Dakota. An alumnus of the University of Minnesota, where he studied history and philosophy, he holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He began studying playwriting in London at The Royal Court Theatre and became a core writer out of the Young Writers Program. He has received commissions from History Theatre and Red Eye, and his work has been performed and/or developed at places including The Des Moines Social Club, Fox Valley Repertory, The Landing Theatre Company, The Living Theatre, Mondays Dark, The New Theatre Project, Nouveau 47, The Players’ Guild Theater, The Playwrights’ Center, Scriptworks, The Soho Theatre Studio (UK), South Camden Theatre Company, The Tristan Bates Theatre, and The UK National Student Drama Festival.

His honors include Jerome and Michener fellowships; Tennessee Williams and Kenyon Institute scholarships; and the Kernodle New Play, International Student Playscript Competition, Repertory Theatre Iowa’s Alpha Project, and Southwest Playwriting awards. He is represented by Max Grossman at Abrams and lives in New York, where he is a partner at the web development agency e9digital. More at kevinkautzman.com.

 

Schlossberg HeadshotHailing from New Jersey, Becca Schlossberg’s plays have been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad.  They include: Guidance, Cal & Grey, All We Are, Hands, Punches, 3boys (available through Original Works Publishing), Just Like I Wanted (available through Playscripts Inc.), The Secrets of Aiden Brooks, Merrily³, The Marvels and Wonders of 1001 Nights (adaptation), and Where Did the Bees Go. She is a three time recipient of the Robert Fischer Oxnam Award in Playwriting in conjunction with Ensemble Studio Theatre. She is also the co-founder and associate artistic director of Sunglasses After Dark Productions (sunglassesafterdark.org) She happily resides in Brooklyn, NY.  BA: Drew University; MFA: The New School for Drama.

 

Emily Schwend(1)Emily Schwend’s plays include CarthageSouth of Settling Splinters, Route One Off, Take Me Back, and Behind the Motel. In 2012, her play South of Settling was produced in Steppenwolf’s Next Up Rep. Her ten-minute play, Halfway, is the winner of the 2013 Heideman Prize and was produced at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. She is the recipient of a 2014 Tow Foundation grant for the creation, development and production of a new play through Second Stage Theatre in New York. Her work has been developed at The New Group, Roundabout Theatre Company, ACT Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Ars Nova, the Alliance Theatre, the Source Festival in DC, and the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, among others. She is a frequent contributor to Christine Jones’s Theatre for One booth. She is a two-time Lecomte du Nouy Prize winner, the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship, the 2011 ACT New Play Award winner, the 2009 David Calicchio Emerging American Playwrights Prize winner, a finalist for the 2011 ATCA/Steinberg prize, and a 2009 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition finalist. She is a two-time Interstate 73 member. She is a proud alumna of the playwriting programs at Juilliard and Tisch.