Don Fried — Playwright & Author

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

BodRip9087-30 low resThe premiere production of Bodice Ripper won 7 of the 12 awards for Coal Creek Theater of Louisville Colorado’s 2013 season: Best Play, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, People’s Choice for Best Actor, Best Sound Design and Best Stage Management.

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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Tuesday was a good screenplay day. A really good screenplay day!

Balakhistan Poster Low ResBalakhistan advanced for the third time in the Filmmakers International Screenwriting Competition.  It’s now in the quarter-finals. Only 2 more rounds to go! (Getting Betta made the semi-finals in that contest in 2012.)

Both Balakhistan and Blood Privilege made the semi-finals in the Screenwriting Festival competition.BP POSTCARD FINAL FRONT low res

Blood Privilege made the finals of the Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.

And the logline for Bodice Ripper took 1st runner-up in the Three Lines or Less Logline Contestbodice-ripper

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.

Mia Zara PhotoThe response to Second Skin Theatre’s production of Blood Privilege in London has been absolutely amazing.

“Sexy cast, great scripting, and a brilliantly gothic venue. It finishes on 14 April so be quick (we saw it on Saturday and loved it).” Bizarre Magazine

“Second Skin is a regular on these pages. More so because the company’s plays are so carefully chosen, masterfully written and even better brought to life by their actors.”  “This play, masterfully directed by Andy McQuade and written by Don Fried, brings this story to the stage with a magnificent cast. Mia Zara makes for an amazing Countess Bathory.”  Theatre in London

“Second Skin Theatre continue their challenging and provocative work with a new play by Don Fried. ”  “Mia Zara absolutely dominates the evening as the charismatic and mysterious Elizabeth Bathory.” “The production is fast paced and atmospheric. We are drawn into a different world – forbidding and ominous. The lighting design (Anna Sbokou) adds to the otherworldliness, especially in the bookend scenes. Don’t miss this provocative play!”  UK Theatre Network

Mia Zara Photo 2“Don Fried gives us a clever and intelligent woman, an efficient operator and a prototype feminist battling against male and royal control.” “This is a picture of the way someone can be schooled into transgression, of how the law can be followed and yet manipulated, and how power can be concentrated in an elite, none of which has been limited to sixteenth-century Transylvania. Mia Zara’s Countess Elizabeth goes from oestrogen-driven girl to manipulative woman; when she is on stage things revolve around her.” “There is a layer of ironic humour that lies beneath much of McQuade’s production and Fried’s writing.” British Theatre Guide

“Fringe company Second Skin Theatre continue their run of theatrical hits with this chilling look at Elizabeth Bathory, a Hungarian Countess accused of murdering over 600 women.  The superb script by Don Fried deftly combines elements of horror, sex and political intrigue combined with a knowing tongue-in-cheek humour that never threatens to descend into parody.  On a technical level, it’s flawless with brilliant use of set and lighting effects maintaining an atmosphere of impending doom. It’s cast with a powerful ensemble who nail their various characters, most notably George Collie as Sigray who gives his initially bumbling character an unexpected sympathetic edge.  Centre of the whole play is the entrancing Mia Zara as Bathory, who delivers a complex and seductive performance.  She charts the character’s progress from naive young girl to crazed Countess with a flawless precision.  Her final moments on stage are a beautifully poetic touch. For theatre that chills, entices and tickles the brain cells “Blood Privilege” comes highly recommended.” Write Out Loud

“Chilling and atmospheric.” “Excellent use of the tiny black box theatre.” “Lighting … brilliantly done.” “Ross Mullan [as the king] mesmerizes.” “Mia Zara is also spellbinding as the murderous countess.” “George Collie [as the judge, Lorand Sigray] gave a great comedic performance.” “Second Skin Theatre is one of the few companies in London doing such intriguing work and the risks they are taking on stage are duly noted.”  Hackney Hive

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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