Page 73 Productions has named C.A. Johnson the 2018 P73 Playwriting Fellow. The New York-based-Johnson, who was previously The Lark's 2016–17 Van Lier Playwriting Fellow as well as a 2016–2017 Dramatists Guild Fellow, will receive a $10,000 award and additional $10,000 towards developing several new plays over the course of the year.
Johnson’s plays include Mother Tongue, The Climb, An American Feast, Waitin’ On The Moon, Elroy Learn His Name, and Thirst, which was on the 2017 Kilroys List. Her work has been developed with The Lark, Open Bar Theatricals, UC San Diego, The Dennis and Victoria Ross Foundation, and The Fire This Time Festival. Most recently, Johnson’s play An American Feast was developed with The Civilians and received a workshop production at Playwrights Horizons Theater School. She is a member of the 2017 Working Farm at SPACE on Ryder Farm and a Core Writer at the Playwrights Center.
“C.A. Johnson’s Fellowship year with Page 73 will be a total joy as she is a remarkable playwright who I am proud to add to the roster of P73 Fellows,” said Page 73’s Producing Artistic Director, Michael Walkup, adding, “C.A.’s broad theatrical interests have resulted in an early body of work containing many genres and subjects. The common thread I applaud is the abundant empathy C.A. holds for every character she writes. Her stories pull you in for showing intricate and carefully wrought conflicts among disparate people, and she’ll hit you with a surprising shift or conclusion that sticks in your heart and mind long after the play ends.”
Johnson was selected from over 400 applicants. Past recipients of the fellowship include Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, Obie winners Kirsten Greenidge, Heidi Schreck, and Clare Barron, and most recently John J. Caswell, Jr.
Page 73 produces new works by early-career playwrights and supports the development of new play through its P73 Playwriting Fellowship, Interstate 73 writers group, and an annual, week-long summer residency.