Provincetown American Playwright Award (PAPA)

In 2018, the Provincetown Theater Artistic Director David Drake and the board of directors of the Provincetown Theater Foundation created the Provincetown American Playwright Award (PAPA). An annual tribute engaging Provincetown’s literary heritage as the Birthplace of Modern American Drama, the PAPA is presented each year to honor a living American writer whose contributions have paid invaluable witness to the American experience in ways that’ve nurtured and expanded the spirit of our souls – not only on our own country’s stages but on the world stage as well. The recipient is honored at a fundraising benefit each summer at the bayside home of longtime Provincetown arts supporters Ken Fulk & Kurt Wootton.

Our 2021 PAPA Awards will take place on Saturday August 14 at the historic Mary Heaton Vorse House in the East End. This year, in addition to presenting the PAPA, we’ll also be inaugurating two new awards: The Provincetown Theater Trailblazer Award & the Provincetown Theater Icon Award. For tickets to the 2021 PAPA, please click here

2021 PAPA Recipient - Doug Wright

Doug Wright was most recently represented on Broadway by the musical War Paint, starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, which played at the Nederlander Theater. His earlier plays include I Am My Own Wife (Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize), Posterity, and Quills (Obie Award), as well as books for the musicals Grey Gardens (Tony Nomination), The Little Mermaid and Hands on A Hardbody. (Drama Desk Nomination). He adapted and directed August Strindberg’s Creditors for the La Jolla Playhouse in 2009. Films include the screen adaptation of Quills (Paul Selvin Award, WGA) and production rewrites for director Rob Marshall, Steven Spielberg and others. Acting credits include two appearances on Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and the films Little Manhattan and Two Lovers. He is the former president of The Dramatists Guild and on the Board of The New York Theater Workshop. He has received grants from United States Artists and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a graduate of Yale University (BA) and New York University (MFA).

2021 Trailblazer Award – Michael R. Jackson

2021 Icon Award – Kelli O’Hara

2020 Recipient – Charles Busch

Charles Busch Provincetown American Playwright Award

2019 Recipient – Paula Vogel

2019 PAPA Paula Vogel

2018 Recipient – Terrence McNally

PAPA Recipient 2018 Terrence McNally


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