For her fellowship year, Schreck will be working on a new play inspired by her own experience as a reporter in Siberia and St. Petersburg. According to P73, "this new play questions the limits of friendship and explores the mythic power still ascribed to the relationship between the United States and Russia."
The fellowship was launched in 2003 and awarded each year to an early-career playwright who has not received wide public recognition or production opportunities in New York City. The fellowship provides year-long development support. In addition, the recipient of the P73 Playwriting Fellowship receives a cash prize of $5,000.
Past recipients of the P73 Playwriting Fellowship are Kirsten Greenidge, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Jason Grote, Krista Knight and Tommy Smith.
Hudes' Elliot, A Soldier's Fugue, which was developed as part of the P73 Playwriting Fellowship in 2005 and produced by Page 73 in 2006, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for drama in 2007. Jason Grote's 1001, which was developed in part with the support of the P73 Playwriting Fellowship and produced in 2006 by Page 73 under the direction of Ethan McSweeny, recently appeared on Time Out New York's "Top Ten Theater List for 2007."
Schreck is a playwright and Obie-winning actor whose plays include Creature, Backwards into China, Stray, Mister Universe, Memorial Day and Spirit Lake. Her work has been produced or developed by Soho Rep, Vineyard Theatre, New Georges, The Foundry, Printer's Devil, On the Boards, FronteraFest, the UNO Festival, Consolidated Works and National Public Radio. She was a member of the 2006 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and is an affiliated artist with the Obie-winning companies New Georges, Clubbed Thumb and Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf. She has been a finalist for the Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Her play Stray was published in "The Manifesto Series," an anthology of new work edited by Erik Ehn, and her plays Backwards into China and Memorial Day are published through Rain City Projects. She writes about new plays for The Brooklyn Rail and worked as a journalist in Russia in the late 1990s. Her newest play, There Are No More Big Secrets, is partially inspired by the years she spent working in Siberia and St. Petersburg. Page 73 (Liz Jones & Asher Richelli, executive directors) 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. The company received from the League of Professional Theatre Women their 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for "innovative and creative work to emerging dramatists." Page 73 is currently presenting the world premiere of Sixty Miles to Silver Lake by Dan LeFranc, directed by Anne Kauffman with Soho Rep. Performances begin Jan. 15. Visit www.p73.org.