Screenplay Smorgasbord


Had a great time last week at The New School's annual script reading event. My friend Bill Pace teaches screenwriting there, and every year he asks my wife Joey to direct an evening of readings. He selects 13-page excerpts from ten of his top students' scripts, and Joey assembles a cast of four who take on all the different roles in a live reading.

This year I was in town and available - and WOW! Such interesting and varied pieces. I got to be everything from a leading man to an Irish grandfather to a punk-rock drummer to a teenage Jewish basketball star to a dying football coach to a 70-year old wardrobe mistress.

Also taking part were the amazing Leopold Lowe and the talented and lovely Zakiya Young - hadn't seen her since freezing our butts off in Syracuse doing White Christmas. And of course Joey. Played opposite all three of them over the course of the evening - heckuva rollercoaster.

The program is teriffic. Any aspiring screenwriters our there? Check out The New School's Screenwriting Certificate Program. Thanks Bill and Joey for a fantastic evening!

© Craig Waletzko 2016