When I joined Page 73’s board in 2007, our two founders volunteered their time and worked out of their apartments. Fast forward a decade and that dedication laid the foundation for our current professional staff of three full-time directors leading an incredible (salaried!) team, working in a spacious office, and co-producing an urgent new musical on 42nd Street—the largest production in our company’s history. Progress!
What hasn’t changed in all these years is our mission. We are the launch pad for the best early-career playwrights in this country. We invest the right resources in the most talented writers in the right moment in their careers. As we watch our writers soar from success to success (winning awards like the Guggenheim Fellowship, the McArthur Genius Grant, the Tony, the OBIE, the Pulitzer Prize) and have their works performed across the country every year, we know this mission works. And we are recognized in the field—most recently by the Drama Critics’ Circle who awarded Page 73 a special citation in May 2019. It has also been incredible to watch audiences embrace our current Off-Broadway production of Michael R. Jackson's singular new musical A Strange Loop.
I don’t know what is motivating you to read this letter, but whatever the reason you started to, I hope you finish it by joining me in supporting Page 73. When this world is reduced to an endless stream of careless tweets, don’t you want to put your money on Page 73’s brilliant, articulate writers who have so much to say that is powerful, beautiful, and so very necessary? Will you consider making a tax-deductible gift to Page 73 so they can continue to invest in the most talented voices emerging in the American theater?
This just might be a time when supporting new voices can change the world.
President of the Board of Directors