Meet the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow
We are thrilled to announce our 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow!
C.A. is an incredibly talented playwright who we are proud to have selected for the fifteenth annual P73 Playwriting Fellowship. She will receive a $10,000 award and a development budget to use in collaboration with Page 73 throughout 2018. We will produce at least one public workshop for C.A. this year, and look forward to inviting you.
C.A. Johnson hails from Metairie Louisiana, but currently lives and writes in Queens. Her plays include Mother Tongue, The Climb, An American Feast, Waitin’ On the Moon, Elroy Learns His Name, and Thirst (2017 Kilroys List, PlayPenn Conference). She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center. She was previously The Lark’s 2016-17 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow, a 2016-2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of The Civilians R&D Group. Her work has been developed with The Lark, Open Bar Theatricals, UC San Diego, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, C.A.’s play An American Feast was developed with The Civilians and received a workshop production at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. BA: Smith College MFA: NYU. www.cajohnson.info
C.A.’s Writing In Her Own Words:
“If I have any one goal as a writer, it’s to write honestly about the lived lives of women. I have beliefs about those lives, about what it means to be socialized to care for others first (often to our own detriment). I also have beliefs about what it means to love a woman and what it means when a woman gives you her love—how that is no simple offering. So my plays often locate women in vastly different circumstances still tackling the same issues: self-actualization, locating and embracing brutal honesty, and loving without abandon. I like to imagine the impossible in my work, those sublime moments when a woman discovers her own truth and finds herself suddenly bare before an audience. I’m endlessly interested in what that nakedness can mean, how it is theatrical, and how it can teach us to be the best versions of ourselves, even when it kills us.”
From Producing Artistic Director Michael Walkup:
“C.A.’s Fellowship year with Page 73 will be a total joy. She is a remarkable playwright who I am proud to add to the roster of P73 Fellows. C.A.’s broad theatrical interests have resulted in an early body of work containing many genres and subjects. The common thread I applaud is the abundant empathy C.A. holds for every character she writes. Her stories pull you in for showing intricate and carefully wrought conflicts among disparate people, and she’ll hit you with a surprising shift or conclusion that sticks in your heart and mind long after the play ends.”
Congratulations also to the 2018 Fellowship Finalists: Will Arbery, Emily Feldman, L. Feldman, and Gina Femia.