Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films to Stage Short Plays in UNSCREENED, 3/3-31
Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films will present the fourth annual Unscreened, a lively evening of four world-premiere short plays by some of Hollywood's fastest-rising writers and featuring a multi-star cast, opening Monday night, March 3 at the Lillian Theater.
Performances will run on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday evenings at 8:00pm through Sunday, March 31. Tickets are available at www.unscreenedla.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.
The writers of Unscreened this year include: Nick Confalone and Neal Dusedau (Cartoon Network's Johnny Test), Emmy-winner Eric Ledgin (NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon), Dan Mirk (The Onion) and Niki Schwartz-Wright (ABC's The Golbergs).
The exciting cast features J. Claude Deering (Things Are Going Great for Me with J. Claude Deering), Beau Garret (TRON: Legacy, Criminal Minds), Lindsey Kraft (Getting On), Chris Marquette (Fanboys), Kate Miner (Necessary Roughness), Brian Sacca (Wolf of Wall Street), Michael Stahl-David (My Generation, The Black Donnellys), Eric Tiede (Kickin' It), Jon Barinholtz, Jill Bartlett, Patrick Censopiano, Kiva Jump, Angela Trimbur, Amanda Walsh, and Chris Witaske. Additional cast will be announced shortly and kept up-to-date at www.unscreenedla.com.
This summer, for the first time, Unscreened will also present a Summer Series of staged readings of six more new works, with announcements of those writers to follow the March run of Unscreened 2014.
Haven Entertainment's Jordana Mollick and Firefly Theater & Films' Steven Klein created Unscreened in order to give brilliant and buzz-generating screenwriters and TV writers the chance to (i) see their visions fully realized at a pace and depth of collaboration that film and TV cannot accommodate but theater can, and (ii) to work hands-on with the well-known actors that these writers and producers are regularly meeting in their day jobs.
Several of the short plays created for Unscreened in 2011, 2012 and 2013 have led to further projects, most notably: Life Partners, by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, which was adapted into a feature film starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody and will be premiering in the spring; T*TS, by Leslye Headland, which is being work-shopped 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.
Announcing this fourth year of Unscreened and the first year of partnership with Haven Entertainment, Unscreened co-creator and producer Jordana Mollick said, "I'm excited to bring Unscreened to my new company, Haven Entertainment, and to have the support of all of my partners there. What Steven and I have created with Unscreened couldn't fit better with Haven's mission to support emerging voices across myriad platforms and to collaborate in new and creative ways. It has been the perfect partnership for Unscreened." Co-creator and producer Steven Klein, of Firefly Theater & Films concurred: "Jordana and I have been blessed to have amazing collaborators throughout Unscreened. Indeed, we made nurturing a creative family a goal, working hard to make Unscreened a place that launches long-term collaborations and engages alumni and current writers, directors, actors, and designers to strengthen Unscreened's material. We are proud to have Haven Entertainment join this family, as their artist-nurturing approach to their wide-ranging, successful work resonates strongly with our vision."
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS
Haven Entertainment is a dynamic entertainment company that has gained recognition by producing award-winning documentary and narrative feature films; representing top writers, directors, animators and improvisers; and working with brands to develop cutting-edge digital content. Previous projects include LeBron James starrer MORE THAN A GAME (First Runner-Up 2008 Toronto Film Festival); HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE by writer/director Josh Radnor (Audience Award 2010 Sundance Film Festival); documentary A BAND CALLED DEATH (Audience Award 2013 SXSW Film Festival); Summit's THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver; LIBERAL ARTS starring Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jennings and Radnor; FANBOYS for The Weinstein Company starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Kristen Bell; the Germs biopic WHAT WE DO IS SECRET starring Shane West and Bijou Phillips; FIFTY PILLS starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Michael Pena and Jane Lynch and the tv series "The Gentlemen's League" with Jerry Ferrara and Max Greenfield. Upcoming films include the documentary MILIUS featuring interviews with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Harrison Ford and Arnold Schwarzanegger, which recently premiered at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival, GRASS STAINS starring Tye Sheridan and Kaitlyn Dever, TELL from director JMR Luna and the recently completed LIFE PARTNERS, starring Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs and Adam Brody. Haven partners are Mauricio Betancur, Kevin Mann, Matthew Perniciaro, Rachel Miller and Jesse Hara. Unscreened co-founder Jordana Mollick and Brendan Bragg, formerly of Black Sheep Entertainment, joined the company as partners in 2013.
With equal footing in both media, Firefly Theater & Films has been telling stories for nearly 20 years. Firefly theater projects have garnered over two-dozen awards for shows in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Belfast, Off-West End London, and Off-Broadway, and its films have won awards at dozens of festivals internationally. Firefly's LAFF-winning documentary, Make Believe - one of Ebert's Top Docs of 2011 - is currently being development as a Broadway musical with Disney Theatricals, while Steven Klein's new documentary, PRINT THE LEGEND is making its world premiere in March at the SXSW Film Festival. Steven recently produced and starred in the feature film KENSHO AT THE BEDFELLOW and is developing, with Rain Wilson (The Office), a faux documentary comedy feature that's set up at 2929 and Magnolia.