Page 73's 2017 Spring Celebration to Honor Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman

Page 73 Productions announced today that the 2017 Spring Celebration will honor Page 73 supporters Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman. The Spring Celebration will be held on Thursday, June 8 at City Winery (155 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013).

Heidi Schreck (2009 P73 Playwriting Fellow; Creature) will serve as master of ceremonies for the celebration, which will honor the passion and dedication of Jody Falco and Jeffrey Steinman, whose tireless involvement and generous spirit have provided invaluable support for Page 73's growth and success.

The evening will also feature appearances from director Dustin Wills (Orange Julius) and participants in the Page 73 New Play Bake Off. Artists are given one hour to write page 73 of a brand new play based on three "ingredients" given the night of the benefit, and this year's Bake Off will feature playwrights Kate Attwell, Jiehae Park and Mfoniso Udofia. Jocelyn Bioh, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Sathya Sridharan and Danny Wolohan will perform these new scripts. The evening will also feature music selections from Krista Knight and Barry Brinegar's upcoming production of HISSIFIT, which will be presented later this month by Cradle Theatre Company at Moose Lab in Brooklyn.

For the past nineteen years, Page 73 has become the premiere organization for producing New York and world premieres that mark a playwright's professional New York debut. Page 73 has supported, developed, and produced over 100 playwrights whose works have gone on to earn MacArthur Genius grants, Obies, Pulitzers, and critically acclaimed productions nationally and worldwide.

Dinner tickets for the evening are sold out, but Audience Tickets can be purchased for $200 by calling 718-398-2099 or emailing benefit@page73.org.

Page 73 Family Table Memberships are on sale now at www.page73.org or by calling 718-398-2099 and include a VIP seat and after-party for each Page 73 production, a year of readings and workshops of Page 73 playwrights' newest work, an invitation to the fruit-cake free Page 73 holiday party, and the opportunity to celebrate alumni writers with invitations to Page 73 nights at colleague theaters' premieres of their work.

PAGE 73's 2016-17 season included the world premieres of ULTIMATE BEAUTY BIBLE by Caroline V. McGraw and directed by Stephen Brackett, and Basil Kreimendahl's ORANGE JULIUS, directed by Dustin Wills in a co-production with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. Prior seasons included Leah Nanako Winkler's KENTUCKY, directed by Morgan Gould and co-produced with Ensemble Studio Theater; 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, co-produced with Ensemble Studio Theatre. Founded in 1997, PAGE 73 is the premiere home for the development and production of new work by early-career playwrights who have yet to receive a professional New York production, offering a crucial steppingstone at a critical, early point in their careers. 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.

Today, Page 73 annually serves twelve to fifteen early career playwrights through its productions and development programs. Close to two-thirds of the nearly 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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