11th Annual WGAE/WGAE Foundation Screenplay Reading at the JCC Manhattan

June 22, 2011

Get your tickets now to see the latest performance in the WGAE/WGAE Foundation's Screenplay Reading Series. Excerpts from original screenplays by Guild members will be performed with professional actors and cast by a renowned NYC casting agent.
AMERICAN GOTHIC written by Scott Smith
CITIZEN KOWALSKI written by David Steven Cohen

Wednesday, June 22, 2011
JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue, at 76th Street

AMERICAN GOTHIC by SCOTT SMITH tells the story of the Booth brothers, Edwin and John Wilkes. They were the sons of Junius Brutus Booth, the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day. Edwin grew up to surpass his father’s stature on the stage. John gravitated toward a more flamboyant style of acting, and became something of a matinee idol. Then he achieved a far greater fame by assassinating Abraham Lincoln.

SCOTT SMITH is the author of two novels, A SIMPLE PLAN and THE RUINS.  He adapted           A SIMPLE PLAN for the screen, starring Bill Paxton, Billy Bob Thornton, and Bridget Fonda in 1998.  The screenplay won many awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as numerous awards for best supporting actor for Billy Bob Thornton.  He also adapted THE RUINS for the screen in 2008.  Stephen King called THE RUINS, “The best horror novel of the new century.”  Stephen King also declared that Smith’s other novel, A SIMPLE PLAN, is “Simply the best suspense novel of the year.” Scott was educated at Dartmouth College and Columbia University.  He lives in NYC, and is busy working on screenplays.

CITIZEN KOWALSKI by DAVID STEVEN COHEN is about Chicago police detective Joe Kowalski, “just Jack Law protecting John Q. Citizen from Johnny Bad News.” Sgt. Kowalski, whose heroes include Joe Friday, Robocop and Mr. Clean, is forced into early retirement by a department that can’t stand his obsession with integrity, redundancy and bad metaphors. Disillusioned, he goes home only to learn that all he believed in – his Wisconsin hometown, bowling leagues and the very fabric of his childhood – is a tapestry of lies “woven and otherwise intertwined with the yarn of deceit on the loom of despair by the Devil’s own rug-maker.” Kowalski vows “to find the loose thread on said tapestry and unravel.” And he will…

DAVID STEVEN COHEN, a screenwriter and TV writer-producer, is currently nominated for a 2011 Emmy for the PBS series Arthur. He co-wrote the animated feature Balto, produced by Steven Spielberg. David was Head Writer of Cartoon Network’s Courage the Cowardly Dog and an Emmy nominee and WGA Award winner as Executive Producer of Nickelodeon’s The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss. David’s other credits include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, ALF, Living Single, and Strangers with Candy. Also an accomplished songwriter and lyricist, David wrote the libretto for the opera Lilith, which premiered at Lincoln Center in 2001. He has contributed songs to many features, TV series and recordings and was recently celebrated at the Lincoln Center American Songbook Series. David lives in Brooklyn Heights with his wife and two sons.

WGAE President Michael Winship, Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Bill Moyers Journal, will lead a Q & A after each reading.  This reading is directed and produced by WGAE lifetime member Susane Lee. Susane won a 1999 PBS Communications Award as well as a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts in 2005 for Nonfiction Literature.

Wine reception follows readings on the roof (weather permitting).

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

**WGAE Members, use discount code: EFFWGA

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