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Screenplay Festival: February 8, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 6th event of 2018 gives you a full reading of the winning TV PILOT screenplay. Plus, readings of 5 best scene readings, 5 short screenplay readings, and a TV Pilot 1st scene reading.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Your past always comes back!”

Full Cast list: Val Cole, Gary Graham, John Fray, Kelci Stephenson,
James Dooley

TV PILOT – FAMILY SECRETS, by Allison Osborne

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Abigail Sullivan thinks she’s successfully run from her mob past, until the FBI catches up to her and gives her an ultimatum. Help them catch the rest of her criminal family or go to jail for the rest of her life.

Cast List:

Alvarez: Gary Graham
Ryker: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Brad: John Fray
Abigail: Kelci Stephenson

1st Scene Reading – THE LAST CAMPOUT, by Mike Meade

Genre: Drama, Thriller

A couple gets lost in the woods.

Cast List:

Kevin: James Dooley
Man: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Bill: John Fray
Chelsea: Kelci Stephenson

TV PILOT 1st Scene Reading – BY TOUCH, by Robert Cox

Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama

Anton Michaels is a college professor with a gift. To some people in the police force Anton is used to help catch criminals with his abnormal psychometric abilities. After an explosion at a nuclear power plant leaves one man as a prime suspect, Anton is called in by his friend Father John to help find his nephew David who he swears could not be involved with the rigged explosion but has mysteriously disappeared.

Cast List:

Jimmy: James Dooley
Woman: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Anton: John Fray
Father John: Gary Graham

TV PILOT Best Scene Reading – WHAT THE HELL, by Melissa Willis

Genre: Comedy

A single-camera comedy that follows a free-spirited young woman who’s lost everything and her four friends who are all forced to recreate their lives and themselves one humiliating, semi-permanent situation at a time.

Cast List:

Jamie: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Amy: Kelci Stephenson
The Messenger: Gary Graham


LGBT Best Scene Reading – LOOK IN MY EYES, by Eddie Baca

Genre: Drama

Gay sober military man meets Crimean Muslim taxi driver in NYC.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Eddie: John Fray
Karim: James Dooley

SCI-FI Best Scene Reading – THE ITALIAN VACATION, by Claudia Marinelli

Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller, Drama

Racing the boundaries of infinity in space.

Cast List:

Narrator: Val Cole
Giordano: Gary Graham
Rachel: Kelci Stephenson

Sci-Fi Best Scene Reading – THE REBORN, by Andrew S. Fisk

Genre: Sci-Fi

A world-class scientist is abducted by six people he brought back to life….and transformed into invincible warriors.

Cast List:

Carl: John Fray
Ellen: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Paul: Gary Graham
William: James Dooley


SHORT Screenplay Reading – AFTERLIFE ESTATES, by Laina Burgess

Genre: Comedy

Key figures and gods from all of the world’s religions meet at the Afterlife Estates office to go over the year’s numbers.

Cast List:

Guru: James Dooley
Narrator: Val Cole
Allah: Gary Graham
Noah: John Fray

SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE ORDER, by Jean Buschmann

Genre: Mystery, Suspense

If all the world’s a stage, who’s behind the curtain?

Cast List:
TV Commentator: James Dooley
Max: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole
Nadia: Kelci Stephenson
Ethan: John Fray

SHORT Screenplay Reading – MOTORIST, by Julie Thor Fryd

Genre: Drama

“A depressed used-car dealer tries to convince a motorist, who every night runs over wounded animals, to also run him over”

Cast List:

Jeep: Kelci Stephenson
Narrator: Val Cole
Volvo: James Dooley
Ford: Gary Graham

SHORT Screenplay Reading – THE TRENCH, by Chris Beadnell

Genre: War, Drama

After successfully shelling the German trench on the Somme battlefield, the British soldiers move in to clear the area of any enemy survivors.

Cast List:

Eason: John Fray
Carter: Gary Graham
Narrator: Val Cole

German Soldier: James Dooley


Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Best Scene STAGE PLAY Reading of VENGEANCE OF THE SHREW, by Bree Katz

Genre: History, Comedy

Tired of sixteenth-century gender relations, Kate from The Taming of the Shrew recruits Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, Frankenstein’s Monster, and other canonical characters to drive literature into the 21st century.


Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Kate: Carina Cojeen
Petruchio: Peter Nelson
Shylock: Kris Hagen
Dr. Frankenstein: Mike Ruderman
Wife of Bath: Val Cole

Get to know the writer:

What is your play about?

The Vengeance of the Shrew is about classic literary characters – including The Taming of the Shrew’s Kate, The Merchant of Venice’s Shylock, Lady Macbeth, the Wife of Bath, and Frankenstein’s Monster – who are tired of their canonical lot and decide to shake up the established order.

What genres does your play fall under?

Vengeance is a farcical comedy.

Why should this play be made into a show?

In addition to being thigh-slappingly hilarious (in my admittedly biased opinion!), my play tackles the question of how to fit beloved literary figures and the settings they inhabit and make them relevant to the 21st century – and it’s told through their perspective.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Modern Shakespeare!

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

I watched the original Star Wars trilogy so many times, my mother had to re-record them due to fears of me wearing out the VHS tapes they were on.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

I started working on this play ten years ago.

How many stories have you written?

I have lost track of how many stories I’ve typed out – I’ve written first drafts of several novels, screenplays, and television pilots, and I’ve polished the ones I kept coming back to re-read (after all, if I want to read it again, someone else will want to read it the first time!).

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

Bruce Springsteen’s “Backstreets.” Born to Run was the first album I remember listening to in full as a child, and that song as well as “Jungleland” amaze me with their composition and the raw power of their lyrics every time.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I was in school for most of the time I was writing it, and I have a very limited ability to multitask. I completed it in fits and starts.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am an avid skier in the winter and a climber of 14,000-foot mountains in the summer. I have summitted 22 fourteeners: 21 in Colorado plus California’s Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the U.S. south of Alaska.

What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I’d gotten a notification that my play’s logline had been selected to receive special attention for the submission. The feedback I received was thoughtful and informative.


Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox