IFP Chicago and Chicago Screenwriters Network announce the five winning scripts and cast for the Screenwriter's Workshop - an immersive, one-day script development process followed by a Free Live Stage Reading at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at 7:30pm. The readings will be followed by a talk-back session, moderated by IFP Chicago board member Keaton Wooden. The event partnership with the Greenhouse Theater (2257 N Lincoln Ave), and stars the 2015 graduates of the School at Steppenwolf.
The scripts that will be featured in the workshop and Live Reading are:
"Mercy" by Erica Avery
"Last of the Lovers" by Wendy Jo Carlton
"Writer's Block" by Robert Carter
"Horrible Weapons of the Future" by Michael Higgins
"SUB DOM PROF MILF" by Shahari Moore
The cast for the Dec 1st reading includes the 2015 graduating class of School at Steppenwolf:
Headlining the script “Writer’s Block” will be Chicago comedian and NBC Playground winner Bobby Richards, whose pilot “Bobby & Iza” will now have its own NBC Web series.
Attendance for the Live Staged Reading of the winning scripts is FREE at 7:30 pm at the Greenhouse Theater. For more information and details, visit the Event Page.
The Screenwriter's Workshop will take the winning writers through an intensive development process to enhance their original scripts, help writers define their voice in collaboration with actors and audiences, while preparing them for the next stage in their careers. The winning writers - local artists working in various mediums and development stages - will spend a day workshopping their scripts with the “Meet the Parents” creator Mary Ruth Clark and local actors including the 2015 graduated class of School at Steppenwolf.
"IFP Chicago is committed to helping independent filmmakers at every step of the process. It takes a tremendous amount of work to get from script to screen. The ability for screenwriters to hear their script performed by professionals can accelerate the process tremendously. Our goal in creating a public event was twofold. We wanted to give writers the opportunity to workshop their script with professional actors. We wanted to show off the depth of talent that is constantly developing work in this city. We want to connect filmmakers with the people who can champion their work from the start," explained IFP Chicago President Nicole Bernardi-Reis.
Screenplays as well as stage plays were selected for the Screenwriter’s Workshop, as part of the partnership with Greenhouse Theater's Trellis partnership. Writer Michael Higgins will be developing his stage play "Horrible Weapons of the Future" into a screenplay, in order to help the growing Chicago theater community, learn how their work can play in the television and cinematic landscape.
"We're proud to help develop the next generation of writers," said IFP Chicago board member Keaton Wooden. "And with our partnership with Trellis, we're excited to use one of our slots to give Chicago's extensive playwriting community a firsthand account of adapting theater works to the screen - since playwrights are often drafted into TV Writer's rooms. Add the graduates from School at Steppenwolf, and this event is proof that Chicago is the collaboration capital of the world."
Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP CHICAGO) is a non-profit organization committed to the idea that independent film is an important art form and powerful voice in our society. We provide information, community, education and professional development opportunities for independent filmmakers, industry professionals and independent film enthusiasts. We encourage quality and diversity in independent production and assist filmmakers at all levels of experience in realizing their unique vision. To find out about upcoming programs & events, or to sign up for the IFP Chicago newsletter visit www.ifpchicago.org. Find IFP Chicago on Facebook IFP-Chicago and Twitter @IFPCHICAGO.
Chicago Screenwriting Network (CSN) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization recognized as a public charity by the IRS; 2015 marks their twentieth anniversary. CSN is dedicated to educating its members in the craft and business of screenwriting and to fostering community among writers. CSN has grown from a handful of enthusiasts into a community with hundreds of local members and an expanding social media presence with thousands of followers. Many CSN members and alumni have won awards for their screenplays; others have had work produced for film or television.
Greenhouse Theater Center is a 501c3 nonprofit theater rental center that strives to nurture small to mid-size theater companies toward continued growth and expression at the heart of the Chicago theater community. The Trellis Staged Reading Series is a free program that takes place Tuesday nights at the Greenhouse Theater Center. This series is designed to enable local playwrights and directors who don’t have an artistic home with the resources and venue to have their work heard. No matter what draft the play is in, Trellis provides a unique opportunity for feedback and development with the aim of growing theatre here in Chicago.