WHAT: Guthrie presents a Screenwriters’ Workshop ScriptNight reading of “czechoslovakia”
WHEN: 7:30pm, Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
WHERE: The Guthrie Theater: Dowling Studio
TICKETS: $10 (Purchase tickets)
“Charlie was the only boy to survive a kidnapping by the infamous Fly-Trap Killer. Now, seventeen years later, the Killer wants to see him again. (Mature themes.)”
“czechoslovakia” placed in the top ten of the Slamdance screenwriting contest with judges praising it for being “devastatingly bold in concept” and said that “it succeeds in dramatic effect by breaking cherished rules of cinematic drama.”
“czechoslovakia” came about because of a discussion at the Screenwriters Workshop Sunday Night Script Group. This discussion dealt with the question of “taboo subjects”, subjects about which one could not, or least should not, write. Al comments, “I remember suggesting there are no subjects off-limit to writers and to prove my point I then brought in ten pages of a script about a serial killer which deliberately pushed the limits of what would ordinarily be considered ‘suitable’ [for a screenplay.]”
Alvin Easter also wrote the screenplay, “Sand,” which was selected as one of the top six in a worldwide contest sponsored by the government of Abu Dhabi. This earned him an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi in October, 2008.