Provincetown American Playwright Awards (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.

In 2021, in addition to the PAPA, two new awards were inaugurated: The Provincetown Theater Trailblazer Award, presented to an emerging playwright, and the Provincetown Theater Icon Award, presented in recognition of achievement in acting.

Thank you for the 2021 Playwright Awards!

We had a stellar time celebrating our 2021 Playwright Awards on September 17 at the historic Mary Heaton Vorse House in the East End. In addition to a great dinner, PAPA recipient Doug Wright and Trailblazer Award recipient Michael R. Jackson were both in attendance and had a captivating discussion with Artistic Director David Drake. See you next year!

2021 PAPA Recipient – Doug Wright

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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