SCRIPT 

READING

SERIES

NOVEMBER 7, 8, 9

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Hyatt Regency Toronto (Studio D)

Supported by ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7

10 AM 

Elsa, by Joann Buckley Collins (USA)

The true unsung muse of the Dada art movement of the 1910s was a woman ahead of her time, the first punk performance artist. Thrice married, thrice abandoned, the Baroness Elsa kept rising from the ashes. With her outlandish fashions, penchant for nudity and ability to see the magic and art in the world that’s invisible to others, Elsa enthralled everyone who met her but died unknown and penniless. Was she mad, a genius or both?

 

11 AM

The Copeland Kids, by Cecilia Copeland (USA)

 

After her children are kidnapped, a desperate young mother is determined to track down the man responsible – their own father. Based on the true story of the Copeland kidnappings.

 

1 PM

Welcome to the Fishbowl, by Sheryl Glubok and Donald Rae (USA)

 

To jumpstart her stalled writing career, a woman must flee the confines of her family life and get a manic, bestselling author to an awards ceremony in Telluride.

 

2 PM

Piss Tank, by Kathryn Mockler (Canada)

 

Peterborough, Ontario, serves as the backdrop for this darkly humoured family drama set in the early 1980s. Despite the chaos at home, Prue braves life outside her family with great dignity and humour. Bullies and boyfriends are no match for this kid, who has a stubborn and often strange way of encountering the world.

INDUSTRY GUESTS

Laura Harbinproducer

Liza Vespi, producer/writer/media worker.

Cia Mellegers, script development officer

Casting by Liz Best

 

Many thanks to the fabulous actors!

 

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8

10 AM 

Tahira, by Melissa Oskouie (USA)

A misfit Iranian-American girl struggles to bridge her multicultural identity as she obsesses over a pretty white sorority girl that her ex-boyfriend has started to date.

11 AM 

The Red Shoes, by Tina Love (USA)

A woman, married 15 years to a conservative Lutheran pastor, puts her domestic security on the line in order to dance flamenco again.

1 PM

Faustus in Hollywood, by Malú Huacuja del Toro (Mexico)

Greedy Hollywood star Faustus has made a deal with Mexican drug lord El Diablo to make a movie about his life, ignoring the victims of organized crime. After the drug lord gets caught and arrested, real Satan visits Faustus and makes an existential deal with him, turning him into a woman who was a victim of El Diablo’s crimes.

2 PM

Finn and Tess and the Hunt for Toad, by Jessica Bradford (Canada)

Shy skateboarder Finn McKain is sent from his rural home in the UK to babysit his daredevil cousin, Tess, in Vancouver. It’s a sweet summer gig, or so he thinks. Turns out this seven-year-old hellion is the worst boss he’s ever had.

INDUSTRY GUESTS

Nika Rylski, screenwriter and story editor

Laura Harbin, producer

Cia Mellegers, script development officer

Casting by Liz Best

 

Many thanks to the fabulous actors!

 

 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9

10 AM 

Jiyan, by Daniela Saioni (based on a story by Mazdak Taebi) (Canada)

When a Kurdish refugee loses himself in an odd Minnesota border town on the Fourth of July weekend after suffering a tragic loss. he has a series of adventures fuelled by his imagination while unknowingly being hunted as a 'terrorist'.

11 AM 

The Prize, by Suzanne Lacey (Canada)

A young working-class woman searches for love and escape from her U.S.-Canada border town in the raucous 1970s.

1 PM

Otherwise Intelligent Women, by Barbara Bedont (Canada)

Lucy, a conservative stay-at-home mom, must sort out her anger and resentment before cancer claims her infuriating feminist mother, Rhonda.

2 PM

Sideshow Bandit, by Marie Wilson (Canada)

A mummified corpse found hanging in a funhouse ride is discovered to be a train robber who died 65 years earlier. Based on a true story, these are the misadventures of Elmer McCurdy, circa 1911.

INDUSTRY GUESTS

Maureen Dorey-Lukie, story editor

Liza Vespi, producer/writer/media worker

Cia Mellegers, script development officer

Casting by Liz Best

 

Many thanks to the fabulous actors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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