Screen/Stage Hybrid


Returned to the New School last week for their annual script reading event. Five winning screenplays were selected from dozens of student submissions, and twelve-minute excerpts from each of the winning scripts were performed by a cast of five actors in a live reading. As usual, there was a wide range of themes and styles - a NYC teenager losing his parents on 9/11, a nervous pregnant woman hiring a mom to teach her about parenthood, a third generation circus performer finding her independence, a possibly haunted motel, and a LSD-influenced soul-journey with a flock of swans.

This one is always a blast, and it really highlights the difference in writing styles between screen and stage work. Reading stage directions can be a thankless task for theater readings, but when so much of an on-screen story is told without character dialogue, you really appreciate a talented stage-direction reader!

© Craig Waletzko 2016