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BodRip9087-30 low resMy screenplay adaptation of Bodice Ripper has advanced to the quarter-finals of the All Access Screenwriting competition. Senior Moments was selected as one of 5 semi-finalists in All Access last year. Partly as a result of that placement, Senior Moments was optioned by Hollywood production company Eden Rock Media, and it looks as though it’s on its way to both German language and English language productions.

The next rounds for this year’s All Access will be announced in May.

ThisAbility low resThisAbility, a screenplay which I wrote with German screenwriter/producer/director Mike Fuhrmann, just won 2nd Prize in the Reel Writers Screenwriting Competition.

Logline: When four disabled people discover a dishonest social worker has taken a bribe to force them from their house, they frame him for the unlikely heist they commit to save their home.

We already had several irons in the fire with “ThisAbility.” I’ll post more as things develop.Reel Writers Award

I’ve been named one of ScreenwritingU’s most recommended alumni for 2013.  Read the whole announcement here.

What a fantastic honor.

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Senior Moments Poster low resMy screenplay adaptation of Senior Moments has been optioned by Hollywood production company Eden Rock Media. Eden Rock is currently finishing post production work on Solace, with Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins!  I’m in good company.

Following is the press release, which has been picked up by movie news website

‘Solace’ Producer Eden Rock To Adapt Don Fried Play ‘Senior Moments’

By THE DEADLINE TEAM | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 10:13am PDTTags: Don FriedEden Rock MediaSenior Moments

EXCLUSIVE: Eden Rock Media has optionedSenior Moments, a romantic comedy from playwright and screenwriter Don Fried. Jana Augsberger and Katja Emcke will produce the pic, which Fried has adapted from his play, which has had more than 30 productions nationwide. The plot: After catching her husband in a nursing home affair, a woman embarks on a quest for the adventures she’s been denying herself for the last 50 years — only to discover that finding the right guy is even more difficult than it used to be. Next up is setting a director and cast ahead of a planned production start early next year. Eden Rock is currently in post on Solace, the Afosno Poyart-directed supernatural thriller starring Anthony Hopkins, Abbie Cornish, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Colin Farrell. Ted Griffin & Sean Bailey, James Vanderbilt and Peter Morgan wrote that one. The indie producer’s credits also include Tucker & Dale Vs EvilMr Brooks and Waiting. Fried is currently working on his play Boddice Ripperin Denver and then heads to London for a production of his play Phoenix, inspired by the life of UK singer-songwriter Nick Drake.

BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low resThe London production of Blood Privilege opens Wednesday, March 27, at the White Rabbit Theatre in Stoke Newington, London. It’s being directed by Andy McQuade, who won the 2012 Best Director Award from London’s Fringe Report. Andy directed the production that closed a few weeks ago in New York City, but the London production is as different from that one as two productions of the same play could possibly be.

Get on a plane, come by bicycle, hop on your pogo-stick. Do whatever you have to do, but don’t miss this one!BP POSTCARD FINAL BACK low res

The screenplay adaptation of my play Getting BettaGetting Betta Online Press Photo has made it to the semi-final round of the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Awards. I’ve never even heard of a screenplay competition having as many elimination rounds as this one. I think this is the 4th!  Anyway, only 2 to go.

Blood Privilege 1The first review is out for the premiere production of my play “Blood Privilege” in New York City.  Here are some of the lovely things the reviewer said.

“Don Fried’s new play Blood Privilege is a feminist powerhouse; the Countess Elizabeth Bathory could be the Hedda Gabler of 16th Century Hungary, with equally tragic outcomes.”

“The Richmond Shepard Theatre production is a showcase for lead actress Jessie Komitor, who handles her role as the doomed Countess with deft skill. She commands the stage in each scene in which she appears .”

“Andrew Rothkin, who plays both her tyrannical husband of convenience, Ferenc Nadasdy and her beautician-physician Pataky made such vastly different choices for each character I had to check my program to make sure I was watching the same man.”

Blood Privilege 2“It must be said that Blood Privilege is very smart and very funny. Mr. Fried writes with a dry wit that had me laughing in my seat.”

“If you can catch Blood Privilege for its remaining run through February 24th, I highly recommend it. I certainly hope his British audiences in their upcoming London engagement will appreciate this show as much as I did.”

Not bad, huh?

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