Page 73 Announces 20th Anniversary Season Featuring Two World Premieres
Page 73 announces its 20th Anniversary Season. The season will begin in October 2018 with the world premiere production of CATCH AS CATCH CAN, written by Mia Chung (You For Me For You) and directed by Ken Rus Schmoll (Judy, Grounded). Performances begin on Monday, October 22 at the New Ohio Theatre for a limited run through Saturday, November 17.
In May, Page 73 will partner with Playwrights Horizons for the world premiere production of A STRANGE LOOP, with book, music and lyrics written by Michael R. Jackson (White Girl in Danger) and directed by Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill, Ultimate Beauty Bible). A STRANGE LOOP will have a limited engagement beginning Friday, May 24, 2019 through Sunday, July 7, 2019 at Playwrights Horizons (416 West 42nd Street).
"We've been supporting Mia and Michael as they've been developing these works for over a year now, and to premiere them together in our season is a complete honor," Michael Walkup said. "We're proud to foster Ken and Stephen's ongoing collaborations with Mia and Michael on these pieces, and are happy to welcome both directors back to Page 73. This anniversary gives us a lot to celebrate as the writers we've premiered over the past twenty years are being seen in seasons all around the country. Mia and Michael join the ranks of those alumni ready for long, bright careers ahead of them."
ABOUT CATCH AS CATCH CAN:
The Phelans and the Lavecchias grew up in each other's homes in a tight-knit working-class community, sharing the good times and the bad. As the younger generation grapples with complicated life choices, a shifting crisis is set in motion that threatens the bonds of this extended family. Using the device of character doubling in an unconventional way, Mia Chung gives fresh scrutiny to the roles we play in our families by creating a rich narrative performed by only three actors in a theatrical tour de force.
ABOUT A STRANGE LOOP:
Usher is a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson's blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons - not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head - in an attempt to break out of this strange loop.
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. Past premieres include the work of Pulitzer Prize-winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Sam Hunter, Clare Barron and Leah Nanako Winkler among many more. Page 73's 2017-18 season included the world premiere of Susan Soon He Stanton's TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY directed by Kip Fagan. Their season also supported a three-week workshop of A Strange Loop, in association with Musical Theatre Factory, and fostered the work of John J. Caswell, Jr. and C. A. Johnson through the prestigious P73 Playwriting Fellowship, now in its 15th 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 YOU GOT 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 Theatre, 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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