Don Fried — Playwright & Author

ThisAbility low resThe logline for “ThisAbility” won first prize in the first round of Bankable Script’s Mini-Pitch Contest.

Phoenix Ad with TagWell, it’s finally happening. Andy McQuade, the Artistic Director of London’s Second Skin Theatre, and I just reached agreement with the Phoenix Artist Club for a 3 week run of my Phoenix play in London’s West End, February 10 – 28, 2015. The Phoenix Artist Club is in the same building as the famous Phoenix Theatre, which is where the musical Blood Brothers played the entire 21 years of its West End run.

Andy commissioned me to write Phoenix in 2010, when I was in London for Second Skin Theatre’s production of Shakespeare Inc., and we’ve been working on the play ever since.  It was the beginning of a very productive relationship for both of us.

Phoenix premiered in May, 2014, at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, California.  It looks as though there will be at least two more productions of the play within the next year as well. Watch this space.

 

“ThisAbility, which I wrote with fellow Screenwriting U alum Mike Fuhrmann, has advanced to the semifinals of the StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.ThisAbility low res Finalists will be announced June 8 and winners June 15.

Phoenix no logo low resA treatment of my Phoenix screenplay which I submitted to the Euroscript Screenwriting Competition has made the shortlist of 15.  The screenplay is an adaptation of the Phoenix stage play I was commissioned to write by Artistic Director Andy McQuade of London’s Second Skin Theatre.

The winners in the Euroscript contest will be announced June 15.

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

BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low resThe screenplays of Blood Privilege and Balakhistan both advanced to the finals of the Screenplay Festival screenwriting competition. Blood Privilege was selected in the Drama category, and Balakhistan in Thriller/Horror.  Both screenplays have now advanced are are still in the running in two contests. Word on the next rounds in these and on a number of other contests  is coming soon.Balakhistan Poster Low Res