“Ghostbusters” actor Nate Corddry and “Trophy Wife” creator Emily Halpern are among the directors who will participate in the latest iteration of Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films’s popular “Unscreened” series, TheWrap has learned.
The “Unscreened Summer Series” will feature staged readings of new plays from writers Matt McKenna (“American Dad!”), Raamla Mohamed (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Jonathon Roessler (“Cupid”) and Amanda Walsh (“Lost Girl”). The directors include Greg Marcks and Roessler, in addition to “Unscreened” alums Corddry and Halpern.
In alphabetical order, this year’s cast includes Robert Baker, Adam Bartley, D’Arcy Carden, Kimberly Condict, Beth Dover, Stephen Ellis, Kat Foster, Chris J. Johnson, Steven Klein, Gavin Lewis, Abby Miller, Joy Osmanski, Zack Pearlman, Kylee Russell, Olivia Washington, Steven Weber and Charlayne Woodard.
Last year’s “Unscreened Summer Series” featured actors such as Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and his “Game of Thrones” co-star Gwendoline Christie, as well as major TV stars Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”), Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”) and “Gossip Girl” alum Leighton Meester. Coster-Waldau also wrote on of the short plays.
This year’s “Unscreened Summer Series” will run from Thursday, Sept. 17 through Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Macha Theatre in West Hollywood. Performances stars at 8 p.m. and tickets are available online here www.unscreenedla.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.
“Unscreened” was created by Haven Entertainment’s Jordana Mollick and Firefly Theater & Films’ Steven Klein in order to give rising film and TV writers the chance to see their visions fully realized at a pace and depth of collaboration that those mediums cannot accommodate but theater can; and to work hands-on with the well-known actors that these writers and producers are regularly meeting in their day jobs.
“We brought the Summer Reading Series back because it proved such an exciting and crowd-pleasing way to continue to expand the community of talented writers, directors, and actors that ‘Unscreened’ has built over the years,” Mollick and Klein said in a joint statement.
Several of the short plays created for “Unscreened” over the last four years have led to further projects, most notably — “Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, which was adapted into a feature film starring Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody that was released by Magnolia Pictures last year; “T*ts” by Leslye Headland (“Sleeping With Other People”), which is being workshopped by Second Stage into a full-length play; Beth Schacter’s “Turned Out,” which is being developed into a feature; and Corinne Kingsbury’s play “His Girl,” which is now being developed with Anonymous Content and Unscreened into a cable TV show.