Three Rooms Press presents
An Evening with
Playwright, film director, & poet
with very special guest
Celebrating the release of MY OLD LADY: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay with an Essay on Adaptation
Thursday, August 4, 2016, 7 pm
Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-281-9763
Renowned playwright, screenwriter and film director Israel Horovitz celebrates the release of his new book MY OLD LADY: Complete Stage Play and Screenplay with an Essay on Adaptation (Three Rooms Press) with a reading at Sawyer Free Library on Thursday, August 4 at 7pm.
“An Evening with Israel Horovitz” will feature the award-winning author and very special guest, award-winning actress Paula Plum. The event will feature readings of scenes from the play, MY OLD LADY, exclusive screening of select scenes from the film adapted from the play, plus Horovitz’ personal stories about adaptation and directing the all-star film cast that included Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kristin Scott-Thomas.
MY OLD LADY has received rave reviews in both its stage and film versions. The Wall Street Journal praised the play at its recent Palm Beach production for its “beautifully-drawn characters.” The Hollywood Reporter called the film “a crowd pleaser,” adding “Maggie Smith is masterful.”
Horovitz’ new book has also drawn high praise. USC film professor Barnett Kellman raves, “Horovitz is the perfect guide” for revealing the nuances of stage-to-film adaptation. Library Journal notes that the book “illuminates the process of adapting spoken drama for film.” Samuel French Co.’s Abbie Van Nostrand sums it up succinctly: “[This book] should be required reading for aspiring (and established) writers of stage and screen alike.”
Playwright-screenwriter-director Israel Horovitz’s 70+ stage-plays have been translated and performed in as many as 30 languages, worldwide. His plays have introduced such actors as Al Pacino, John Cazale, Jill Clayburgh, Gérard Depardieu, and many others. He is also an award-winning screenwriter. His play, My Old Lady, starred Academy Award-winning actress Estelle Parsons in the lead role. At age 74, he directed the film adaptation of My Old Lady which starred Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas. He lives in New York, Gloucester, MA, and London.
Actress Paula Plum is is the recipient of five IRNE Awards, the 1995 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress, the 2007 Eliot Norton Award for Best Actress , the 2004 Eliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, and the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University, among her many other accomplishments.
Copies of MY OLD LADY will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For additional information, please contact Three Rooms Press at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sawyer Free Library
2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930
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