Thursday, March 05, 2009

Page 73 Accepting Applications for 2010 Playwriting Fellowship

Courtesy of publicist Don Summa...

Page 73 Productions (Executive Directors, Liz Jones and Asher Richelli) has announced that it is currently accepting applications for the company’s 2010 P73 Playwriting Fellowship.

Applications, which are due May 1, 2009, may be found at

The P73 Playwriting Fellowship provides year-long comprehensive support to one early-career playwright who has received neither wide public recognition nor substantial production opportunities in New York City. Through this program, Page 73 provides artistic and financial resources to one emerging playwright as he or she develops a new play that has not received substantial prior development support. For the fellowship year, the P73 Playwriting Fellow receives a cash stipend in the amount of $5,000 and development support in the amount of $10,000.

Past fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight and Tommy Smith. The 2009 P73 Playwriting Fellow is Heidi Schreck.

The P73 Fellowship is suited to writers who have concrete and reasonable goals that can be achieved through the resources provided by Page 73. These goals may include, but are not limited to, specific artistic objectives that relate to the development of a new play and assistance in building relationships within the New York City theater community.

At the start of the fellowship year, the fellow either must have clearly articulated a proposed project in his or her application or must have provided the first few pages of the new play. During the fellowship year, the fellow receives a cash grant. Additional funds are ear-marked to cover expenses for the grantee’s research, and workshop and reading presentations; such additional funds are used for fees for collaborating artists. The fellowship year includes at least one public presentation of the new play. Page 73 also supports the writer by helping the fellow identify collaborators, such as directors, designers, actors and dramaturgs, for the project.

The fellow is associated with Page 73 for the calendar year. After being selected, he or she works with Page 73’s producing directors to develop a plan for the year and establish a timeline for the development and production work to be done on the new play. The fellow is expected to be present in New York City from time to time to fully engage in the opportunities that the fellowship provides.

Page 73 develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to receive substantial production opportunities in New York. Page 73 produces one New York or world premiere by an early-career playwright each year. In addition, Page 73 offers production-oriented development opportunities that help usher the works of early-career playwrights from first draft to final script. Page 73 awards the P73 Playwriting Fellowship each year to one untried playwright; during that year, the company serves as that fellow’s artistic home and offers a cash grant and development support to the writer. Past fellows are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Jason Grote and Krista Knight. The current fellow is Tommy Smith. Page 73 also hosts a year-long writing group called “Interstate 73” (current members - Sarah Hammond, Josh Malmuth, Molly Rice, Matt Schatz, Tommy Smith and Cori Thomas) and a week-long summer residency at Yale for 4 to 5 early-career playwrights. Page 73 developed and produced the world premiere of Elliot, A Soldier’s Fugue by Quiara Alegria Hudes (2007 Pulitzer finalist) and the New York premiere of 1001 by Jason Grote (Time Out New York - Top 10 of 2007). This past January, Page 73 produced with Soho Rep the world premiere of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc, directed by OBIE winner Anne Kauffman. The company received from the League of Professional Theatre Women its 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for “innovative and creative work to emerging dramatists.”

For more information about Page 73 Productions or the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, visit For any inquiries, email

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