This year, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriters’ Lab chose two science- and technology-themed screenplays to honor, presenting table readings of selections from these scripts. Staged reading directors: Academy Award® winner Terry George; Averie Storck and Joan Stein Schimke. Casting director and producer: Asli Coker.
FRANCIS TURNBULL by David Schwab
Directed by Terry George
Francis Turnbull is a 15-year-old the size of an 8-year-old and his doctors can’t explain why. He learns of a new experimental drug that could make him grow more than a foot. All he has to do is gather 365 fresh human pituitary glands.
THE BURIED LIFE by Averie Storck & Joan Stein Schimke
Directed by Averie Storck & Joan Stein Schimke
A kleptomaniac archaeologist is brilliant at digging up the past and running from her own, until her need to succeed lands her deep in the buried secrets of her own family history.
Lois Robbins is accomplished in both film, television and the theater, previous tv includes One Life to Live and All my Children, whilst her film experience includes such films as Town an Country, and the upcoming Blowtorch.
Georgia Warner has performed on stage in regional productions of Equus and The Crucible, and various shorts and features including Inside Out.
Recently, Scheider performed in Fred Schepisi’s Words and Pictures, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and his theatre roles have ranged from The Murderer to Passion Play.
Cassandra Freeman has appeared frequently across television and film, and also on stage. Select film roles include the festival-award winning Kinyarwanda, Inside Man, and Blue Caprice.
Dana has vast experience in tv roles on The Kill Point, Crash, Dawson’s Creek and Twin Peaks. He has also been in movies such as Comfortably Numb and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.
Joe Pintauro is best known for his plays, poetry and fiction but is also a photographer. Works include Raft of the Medusa, The Dead Boy, and Raft.
Alysia Reiner is an award-winning stage, screen & television actress. Recently appearing in the series Orange is the New Black, she also performed in the SAG Award-winning ensemble of Sideways.
Joe Pallister has appeared extensively on local stages, and also in television and film – including roles on Guiding Light and Saturday Night Live.
Caleb James was recently in James Franco’s Interior Leather Bar. He was in the film Disconnect and has acted in numerous stage plays.