WGAE Screenplay Readings Series

Join us June 7th for our popular series featuring professionally cast and produced excerpts from two new scripts; "Why Can’t They All Be Like Johnny Depp?" by Jeffrey Hirschberg and "Not My Beautiful Wife" by John Yarbrough.

June 7, 2010

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the Writers Guild of America, East Foundation (WGAEF) present the ninth in our popular Screenplay Reading Series featuring professionally cast and produced excerpts from two new scripts.

Monday, June 7, 2010
WGAE Screenplay Readings Series at the JCC, Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street
7:30pm Screenplay reading begins
Wine reception follows on the roof

Why Can’t They All Be Like Johnny Depp? by Jeffrey Hirschberg is about a single woman in her thirties who has it all: brains, looks, and a great career in NYC. But she's lonely because she has no one to share her life with. The only one worthy of her, in her opinion, is Johnny Depp, because he is the perfection that she feels she deserves. One morning, she awakens to find every male in NYC has suddenly and mysteriously transformed into Johnny Depp. And she finally is with the man she's always wanted. This is a story about being careful about what one wishes for. Read more about Jeffrey.

Not My Beautiful Wife by John Yarbrough is about a neurotic Mega-star Couple who will do anything to save their troubled marriage, but are too paranoid and protective of their image to even dare go into sex therapy to save it. So they enlist one down-on-his luck brother and a wannabe actress to go into therapy for them to work out their problems. As the Hollywood couple listens in on the therapy, their "fill-ins" pretend these megastar problems are theirs. But when the fill ins fall in love during the therapy, everything goes haywire. Read more about John

WGAE President Michael Winship, Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Bill Moyers Journal, serves as the moderator for the evening and will conduct a Q&A with the screenwriter and audience after each reading.

Susane Lee, a Lifetime Member of the WGAE, produces the screenplay readings.

Cast featuring:

Emily Bergl (Why Can’t They All Be Like Johnny Depp?) began her career as the lead in The Rage: Carrie 2. She played series regular Annie O’Donnell on the show Men in Trees, and has appeared on Taken, Southland, Gilmore Girls, and The Good Wife among others.
Scott Cohen (Why Can’t They All be Like Johnny Depp?) made his debut in Adrian Lyne’s feature Jacob’s Ladder, and has since gone on to an extensive career in film and television. He played Wolf in the NBC miniseries 10th Kingdom, Det. Harry Denby in NYPD Blue, Det. Chris Ravell in Law and Order: Trial By Jury, and has had notable roles in Gilmore Girls, Kissing Jessica Stein, and Gia among others.
Christina Gausas (Not My Beautiful Wife) is an actress, improviser, and writer. She currently performs with Scott Adsit (30 Rock) in their fully improvised two-person show, "Adsit & Gausas". She has appeared on 30 Rock, Important Things w/Demetri Martin, Delocated, Late Night w/Conan O'Brien, VH-1, and The Al Franken Show.
Halley Wegryn Gross
(Not My Beautiful Wife) is an actress and writer. She is currently appearing in “The Metal Children” by Adam Rapp at the Vineyard Theater. She was in the films Across the Universe and The Babysitters, and has appeared on The Good Wife, Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Gossip Girl and The Book of Daniel, among others.

Reduced price tickets are available to WGAE members and their guests:

  • WGAE & JCC Members: Ticket price $8.00
  • Nonmembers: Ticket price $10.00

Purchase tickets in advance online or call 646-505-5708.

Please join us!