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Office Party

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P73, make a note of it.

Last week I attended a housewarming party in Fort Greene for P73, a young foundation providing financial support and career development assistance to playwrights. The invitation asked guests to help inaugurate the office by bringing their favorite office supply. On a table, underneath a plastic fir tree, guests piled up Post-its, binder clips, and those nifty silver marking pens. Composer Gabriel Kahane entertained with selections from his Craigslistlieder and a very moving anthem celebrating the late and occasionally lamented Underberg building.

Because P73 is a young foundation and their resources are somewhat limited, they’ve chosen to assist only one playwright per year. They offer the playwright a small stipend, additional funds for research and to fund collaborating artists. The year culminates with a public presentation of the playwright’s work. This funding structure seems pretty sensible, a smart allocation of small resources.

Would love any other information about new foundations and any unusual funding or fellowship structures.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 26, 2007

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