Harvard Square Script Writers and Women in Film and Video: New England partner to present two staged reading events this fall
Cambridge, MA—Harvard Square Script Writers (HSSW) and Women in Film and Video: New England (WIFV/NE) are proud to announce their collaboration on two staged screenplay readings, coming this fall to the Central Square Theater!
Nonprofits HSSW and WIFV/NE are joining forces to present two readings of wildly different scripts penned by local authors – Zombie Cop by Joel Karlinsky on Tuesday, September 23rd and In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone by Santa Sierra on Tuesday, October 28th.
The first staged reading, Zombie Cop, depicts the story of Stanley Fisher, a brilliant and principled undercover cop who is framed for the death of his partner. After his execution, he awakens to find himself reanimated as Officer Z59, part of a fantastic, but ill-conceived, government experiment where death row alums are wiped of their memories and groomed to join a super-powered police force of ZOMBIE COPS.
Written by Joel Karlinsky, a Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at BU, Zombie Cop recently placed as a quarter finalist in the Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Contest. Director Christine Cannavo brings the sci-fi comedy to life, after honing her theatrical chops as an alum of ImprovBoston and Improv Asylum.“It’s a true screwball comedy,” says HSSW Director, Genine Tillotson, “Imagine if Mel Brooks wrote Blade Runner… I anticipate a night of raucous entertainment with top notch local comedians playing the parts.”
The second Staged Reading features the winner of WIFV/NE’s 2013 Screenwriting Competition: In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone, by Santa Sierra. This touching, timely story chronicles the journey of a young brother and sister growing up in poverty in El Salvador. After they lose their mother to gang violence, the wise-beyond-their-years siblings embark on a dangerous journey to the U.S. to find the man their mother always claimed was their father – Sylvester Stallone. “I was inspired by the documentary Which Way Home, which follows eight kids on a dangerous journey to the USA,” says Ms. Sierra. “During the filming of the documentary, the director lost two of the children… In Search of Our Father, Sylvester Stallone is my answer to what may have happened.”
Director Gauri Adelkar—winner of Best Director at the 2014 Boston International Film Festival—is excited to bring Ms. Sierra’s script to life on the stage. She will be supported by Christina Marin, Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College.
Admission for each event is $15 for members of HSSW or WIFV/NE and $20 for non-members.
About Harvard Square Script Writers
Harvard Square Script Writers (HSSW) is one of the oldest and most established script writing groups in the nation. The organization offers assistance in the development, refinement, and promotion of films, TV pilots, video and film shorts, webisodes, indie films, and stage productions. They meet weekly to critique members’ work (currently in Newton, Massachusetts) and sponsor workshops on a wide range of topics, ranging from how to write a compelling log line to developing a powerful third act. For more information, please visit: http://www.hsswriters.com or contact HSSW Director, Genine Tillotson at firstname.lastname@example.org .
About Women in Film and Video: New England
Founded in 1981, Women in Film & Video: New England is a nonprofit membership organization and one of 40 local chapters of Women in Film and Television International, that supports female voices within the film, television and media industry. By bringing together industry officials, workers & audiences, WIFV/NE promotes positive images of women to the public, and works to empower women working in the industry to achieve their professional potential. For more information, please visit: http://www.womeninfilmvideo.org or contact WIFV/NE President, Joan Cassin at email@example.com .
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