Page 73 Announces Readings of John J. Caswell, Jr.'s CREAM!

Page 73 Announces Readings of John J. Caswell, Jr.'s CREAM!

PAGE 73 PRODUCTIONS (Page 73) (Michael Walkup, Producing Artistic Director; Jenny Lagundino, Managing Director; Liz Jones and Asher Richelli, Founding Directors) announced today the cast for their workshop ofCREAM! by John J. Caswell, Jr., the 2017 P73 Playwriting Fellow. The weeklong workshop culminates in two readings at Theater for the New City, both of which are free and open to the public. The readings will take place on Thursday, October 19 at 7pm and Friday, October 20 at 4pm.

CREAM! follows Lotta and Laszlo, the owners of a bakery who refuse to cater gay weddings, as they attempt to rehabilitate their reputation -- and save their business -- on an over-the-top reality show called "Cream!" A talking Cake, tap dancers, and Jesus Himself weigh in as Lotta and Laszlo set themselves on a perilous path to redemption charted by "Cream!"'s Puckish host, Michael Samantha.

CREAM! will be directed by Dustin Wills (Orange Julius). The cast will include Constance Shulman ("Orange is the New Black"), Molly Bernard ("Younger"), David Ryan Smith (One Man, Two Guvnors), Jose Joaquin Perez (In A Word), Christopher Guy Bannow (The Hairy Ape), Mitchell Winter ("I, Robot") and Alesandra Nahodil (The Mysteries).

Admission to both readings is free and open to the public. Tickets must be reserved in advance here: Requests to be placed on the waitlist if readings sell out can be sent to

Later this fall, Page 73 will produce the world premiere production of Susan Soon He Stanton's play, TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY. Performances will begin on Tuesday, November 28 at the New Ohio Theatre for a limited run through December 23, 2017.

The P73 Playwriting Fellowship is the company's most prestigious award, annually supporting a playwright who has yet to have a professional premiere in New York City. Past recipients include Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Obie winners Kirsten Greenidge, Heidi Schreck, and Clare Barron, and most recently Hansol Jung.

Page 73 is now in its 20th year producing and supporting the most talented early-career playwrights and introducing them to New York audiences by producing their professional debuts in the city. Page 73's 2016-17 season included the world premieres of Caroline V. McGraw's ULTIMATE BEAUTY BIBLE, directed by Stephen Brackett, and Basil Kreimendahl's ORANGE JULIUS, directed by Dustin Wills. Their season also fostered the work of Hansol Jung and John J. Caswell, Jr. through the prestigious P73 Playwriting Fellowship, now in its 14th year of singling out exceptional talent.

Prior Page 73 seasons have included world and New York premieres of Leah Nanako Winkler's KENTUCKY, directed by Morgan Gould; Max Posner's JUDY, directed by two-time Obie Award winner Ken Rus Schmoll; Clare Barron's critically acclaimed YOUGOT OLDER, which was recognized at the 2015 Obies with awards for Playwright, Performance (Brooke Bloom), and Direction (Anne Kauffman) - each artist was also nominated for a Drama Desk Award, along with co-star and Tony Award winner Reed Birney; the first New York City production of George Brant's critically acclaimed GROUNDED, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll and starring Drama Desk nominee Hannah Cabell; and Cori Thomas' WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER, directed by Daniella Topol. They have co-produced from time to time with such renowned new play theaters as Soho Rep, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Today, Page 73 annually serves twelve to fifteen early career playwrights through its productions and development programs. Each year, Page 73 produces New York City or world premieres by early-career playwrights and offers a slate of new play development programs: the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, Interstate 73 writers group, and a week-long Summer Residency.

Close to two-thirds of the over 100 playwrights they've supported have enjoyed New York or regional theatre productions after receiving a Page 73 premiere or development support. These include, among others, writers whose professional debuts in New York City were produced by Page 73, such as Samuel D. Hunter (2015 MacArthur "Genius" Grant), Quiara Alegría Hudes (2012 Pulitzer Prize), Dan LeFranc (2010 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award), Heidi Schreck (2014 Tow Playwright in Residence at Playwrights Horizons), and Clare Barron (2015 Obie Award).


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