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Alumni News: Two Brown Alums selected as Page 73 Semifinalists

October 4, 2013

Charise Castro SmithCharise Castro SmithJoe WaechterJoe Waechter Two Brown alumni, Charise Castro Smith and Joe Waechter, have been selected as semifinalists for five summer programs as part of Page 73 Productions.

After completing her undergraduate degree at Brown, Charise Castro Smith went on to receive an MFA from Yale. Her play The Hunchback of Seville  took the stage last summer in the Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep, and will make its world premier next summer in Seattle. She works as an actress as well as a playwright.

Joe Waechter has an MFA in Playwriting from Brown. His plays include PROFILES, Lake Untersee, Good Ol’ Boys, The Hidden People, and The Strangler. His work has been developed or produced by Playwrights Horizons, Ars Nova, American Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre and The Kennedy Center. He has been awarded the McKnight Advancement Grant and two Jerome Fellowships at the Playwrights’ Center, a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship, the Weston Award in Playwriting, a Jerome Emerging Artist Residency at Tofte Lake Center, and the Clauder Competition Gold Prize.

All of Page 73′s programs are specifically for early-career playwrights, and include a New York City or world premiere production of a new play that marks the professional premiere of that playwright in New York City; the P73 Playwriting Fellowship to one playwright; a week-long summer residency program on the Yale University campus to four playwrights; Interstate 73, a writing group that consists of six to eight playwrights; and Page 2, an extensive workshop offering a lengthy rehearsal process and design support to one play in development.