Page 73 Productions will present a reading of the new play PLAYGROUNDS by Sarah Sander directed by Josh Hecht. The reading will be Monday, November 26 at 7:30pm at 311 West 43rd Street, 6th floor (Dodger Atelier). The reading is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by visiting www.page73.org/playgrounds or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah Sander’s PLAYGROUNDS is described as thus: Justine leaves a dark chapter behind and moves to Brooklyn to work as a nanny for her cousin Cynthia. Finding refuge in a small community of female caretakers at the local playground, Justine tries to ignore the tension in Cynthia's home that threatens her own healing. As the relationships between all the women begin to fray, looking the other way turns out to be the most dangerous choice Justine can make.
Featured in the cast of the reading of PLAYGROUNDS will be Alicia Goranson (“Roseanne”), Flora Diaz (ENFRASCADA), Nina Hellman (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Autumn Dornfeld (THE GRADUATE) and Soccoro Santiago (“All My Children”).
Sarah Sander has seen her work developed and/or produced at the Kennedy Center, LARK New Play Development Center, DC Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Inkwell Theatre, University of Iowa, the Hatchery Festival and Project Y in association with Middlebury College. She’s been named a finalist for Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship, The Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship, Clubbed Thumb’s Biennial Commision, Page 73’s P73 Playwriting Fellowship, WordBridge Playwrights’ Lab, The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award and Soho Rep’s Writer/Director Lab and designated a semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference, Ars Nova Playgroup and Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival. Honors also include nominations for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, National Theatre Conference’s Stavis Award and Williamstown Theatre Festival's Weissberger Award. She is a current member of Page 73’s writing group, Interstate 73 and for the 2009-2010 season she was selected as one of three National New Play Network Playwrights in Residence (Florida Studio Theatre). A graduate and Norman Felton Fellow at the University of Iowa Playwrights’ Workshop, she received her BA in Chinese and English from Middlebury College.
Interstate 73 is Page 73's writers group of seven early-career playwrights who meet biweekly at Page 73's Brooklyn office to share new pages. Throughout the year, Page 73 presents public readings of members' plays.
PAGE 73 Productions – under the leadership of Executive Directors Liz Jones and Asher Richelli and Associate Director Michael Walkup – develops and produces the work of early-career playwrights who have yet to have their work professionally produced in New York. Page 73 produces at least one New York or world premiere by an early-career playwright each year. Page 73 also offers production-oriented development opportunities that help usher the works of early-career playwrights from first draft to final script. In addition to Interstate 73, the company also hosts the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, a year-long program supporting one playwright’s creative and career development; “Page 2”, an extensive developmental workshop; and a weeklong Summer Residency at Yale for four playwrights; and mounts one full-scale production per year that marks the first professional world or New York premiere by the participating playwright.
Page 73 produced the world premieres of ELLIOT, A SOLDIER'S FUGUE by Quiara Alegría Hudes, directed by Davis McCallum (2007 Pulitzer finalist and prequel to Quiara’s 2012 Pulitzer Prize-winning play WATER BY THE SPOONFUL), SIXTY MILES TO SILVER LAKE by Dan LeFranc directed by Anne Kauffman and co-produced with Soho Rep (2010 New York Times Playwriting Award); CREATURE by Heidi Schreck, directed by Leigh Silverman and co-produced with New Georges; JACK'S PRECIOUS MOMENT by Samuel D. Hunter directed by Kip Fagan and EDGEWISE by Eliza Clark directed by Trip Cullman and co-produced with The Play Company, as well as the New York premieres of 1001 by Jason Grote, directed by Ethan McSweeney (Time Out New York - Top 10) and LIDLESS by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, directed by Tea Alagic. The company received from the League of Professional Theatre Women their 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for “innovative and creative work dedicated to the emerging dramatist”.