Don Fried — Playwright & Author

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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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The screenplay adaptation of  “Getting Betta” has made it to the semi-finals of the Screenplay Goldmine Competition and the quarter-finals of the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Contest.  Hooray!

My play Bodice Ripper will premiere at Coal Creek Theater of Louisville in their fall (October/November) 2013 slot.

Bodice Ripper is about a middle-aged writer of macho detective novels whose career has taken a turn for the worse.  In desperation, he decides to write a romance novel, but he’s comically unqualified for it, and his two long-time fictional characters are taking on minds of their own.  Bodice Ripper is about the rules. What happens when the rules change, or when what you thought you knew turns out to have been wrong all along?

The play received an Addison Grant from the Boulder County (Colorado) Arts Alliance for a staged public reading at the Theater Company of Lafayette (Colorado) in April, 2011.

You may recall that Coal Creek Theater premiered my play Shakespeare Incorporated simultaneously with Second Skin Theatre of London in March, 2010.   Also, Coal Creek Theater awarded first prize to my short play, “The Code” at its Front Range Playwrights Showcase in 2009.  “The Code” turned into the first of the 5 short plays in Senior Moments, my most produced play, which I’ve now adapted as a movie screenplay.

And another of my short plays, “L*** Man” was a finalist at the 2012 Front Range Playwrights Showcase.  So I’ve got a history with these guys.  It’s great to have friends.

My 20 minute mockumentary play, “L*** Man” has been selected as one of 3 finalists for Coal Creek Community Theater’s 2012 Front Range Playwrights Showcase. It will have a staged reading at the festival, August 24, 7 pm.

In “L*** Man” an investigative reporter discovers the truth about L. Dwight Mander and the secretive L*** Cessation Institute, an organization formed to relieve the world of the tragic and epidemic use of the word “like” multiple times in every sentence.

My play Senior Moments won 1st place in the 2009 Showcase, and went on to be presented and win awards at the Colorado and Regional American Association of Community Theaters showcases.  It was published in 2011 by ArtAge and is having frequent productions throughout the country.

The other good news this week is that my latest play, Blood Privilege, will be produced in New York City in February and in London in March, 2013, by Second Skin Theater Company.  Second Skin, which commissioned me to write the play, produced Shakespeare Inc. in 2010, and commissioned me to write Phoenix which is premiering at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, California in May.  Watch this space for the announcements of further productions of Phoenix.

Blood Privilege is inspired by the life of Hungarian countess, Erzbet Bathory, who sexually tortured and murdered over 600 young women in the early 1600s and who is one of the inspirations of the vampire myths.  But although the play is a period piece set at the turn of the 17th century, what it’s really about is the current crisis around the consolidation and abuse of wealth and power in the hands of a tiny global elite.

Michael is a technologically challenged senior living in a retirement home.  One day he’s sitting in his living room throwing remote controls as his TV/DVR when Betta, an anthropomorphic computer program appears.  As she continually gets unwanted technology upgrades, things spiral out of control.

Getting Betta premiered simultaneously in Colorado and California in March, 2011.  There are two runs in Austin; the first is at the Blue Theater as part of the FronteraFest Long Fringe, and the second is at the Howson Hall Theater.  Take a look at the following posters.

I hope to see you there.

Senior Moments is going to be performed November 19th and 20th at Reviving the Spirit, the community theater of the remote district of Hudson’s Hope in northeast British Columbia, Canada.  The district has 1,157 people in 358 square miles.  They learned about the play on the Coal Creek Community Theater website.

I love the Internet!