(May 20) Screenplay Readings Live!

April 30, 2014

The Writers Guild of America, East invites you to attend


Tuesday, May 20
6pm Doors / 7pm Event

The Elinor Buninm Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center
144 West 65th Street, NYC


Join us for a live reading of two new scripts, a drama and a comedy, written by WGAE members. It will be a memorable evening featuring Taye Diggs, Rachel Dratch, Steve Schirripa and many more.

SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD, by Robbie Chafitz, is an offbeat romantic comedy about an uptight writer of household product directions who attempts to overhaul his humdrum life. In doing so, he accidentally transforms his new 30-year-old girlfriend into believing she is a 13-year-old French Canadian pop star.

Robert “Robbie” Chafitz  (early 40’s but looked younger) recently succumbed to a long and ironic battle with success. Robbie was born in Washington D.C. and graduated from a college located up the street from Johns Hopkins University. He lived in Paris/Moscow/Budapest during the 20s (not the 1920’s but his 20's), where he made a living street-performing as Charlie Chaplin. Returning to NYC in the early ‘00s, Robbie joined IKA Collective where he was responsible for creating network promos, web series and commercials. Robbie worked with lots of famous people. His silent film, FLICKERS, screened internationally and his short film TIME OUT premiered at Sundance (2002). Robbie went on to sell screenplays to Paramount and a place that was NOT Paramount. He was repped by Circle of Confusion and WME. He is survived by his wife Magdalena and their 2 cats. In his spare time, Robbie enjoys writing his obituary.

WEATHER OR NOT, by Suzanne Johnson, is about a small Midwestern town in the 1960s that is rocked by scandal when a young girl inadvertently tells her brother the truth about their sexy boarder and, in the process, learns the importance of standing up for what she believes.

Suzanne Johnson has an MFA in film and television from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her first job in the industry was as a production assistant on the documentary film MOTHER TERESA. She worked for years as a network executive at ABC Daytime, eventually becoming Vice President of Programming and Talent Development. After leaving ABC in 2012, she went to work as a writer, and recently wrote for for the online drama ALL MY CHILDREN.

The screenplay readings will be cast by Caroline Sinclair Casting and directed by WGAE member Amanda Cole. WGAE President Michael Winship will introduce the evening and moderate interviews with both writers. A reception will conclude the evening.