So get off my back, Ma. Jeez!
A long time ago I stopped updating this "blog," if we can even call it that. Basically because it was just my mother and her two sisters reading it. (They, for the record, love love LOVE it.) But suffice(th?) to say, I've been writing. I'm still acting. But I like control. So, I'm running FRESH PRODUCE'd, and that gives me the opportunity to act whenever I want! Thanks to Stephens College, I've transitioned more to writing. Working on a comedic feature, a spec episode of VEEP, and still submitting my pilot and previous feature, AND INTO PLOUGHSHARES, to competitions. We'll see. But I don't really feel a need to update more than that. Plus, ya know, I'm supposedly getting married in June. That's a lot of work, too.
So get off my back, Ma. Jeez!
I know what you're thinking. You're thinking, "Amelia, okay, you've just completed Fresh Produce'd Los Angeles' November workshop where you directed/assisted your friend, Ally Gordon, with her original work, a piece that she hopes to expand into a web series or full length play. You also were lucky enough to act in an excerpt from your friend's, Tom Cudworth's, play, titled Dancing for Krumholtz. You've ALSO been doing costumes and helping out with FP's first full length production, hey brother. (psst...You should go! It opens TONIGHT! And runs until December 14th.) Oh, and I heard (in the wind?) that you finished a rehearsal draft of your play, Twenty-itis, a title that you plan to change. Cool, cool. You've done all that. What's next, kid?"
First of all, I wanna say, "Whyyy, thank you ver'much for asking." Second of all, I wanna say, "THAT NOT GOOD ENOUGH? WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT FROM ME, BLOODSUCKER?!"
No, I apologize. That was insane. This post is insane. But that's mostly because I got a wee bit less than 5 hours of sleep. The reason being, I was too excited to sleep. Because. I. Just. Found. Out...that I have the rights to turn the graphic novel, A Bintel Brief into an original screenplay!
Okayokayokay, here goes: My mom liked the book, my mom sent me the book, I ignored the book, then I read the book...and I f'ing loved the book, then I contacted the writer, Liana Finck, then I fell deeply in love with the writer because she's pretty much the coolest chick around, and then she signed a paper and then I jumped for joy, and then I freaked out because I realized I had to write a script!
Sorry bout that. Got carried away.
All I wanna say about the Bintel project right now is that it is a coming of age love story for the millennial generation, with 1905 America and the influx of European immigrants as a reflecting pond.
(I've included a page from the book. Can you make it larger? I'm new to this website stuff.)
Hugs and kisses! (That's my new sign off. Because I've turned into a freaky LA cheer-bot. Also because my mom and maybe my aunts are the only ones who read this, so I can sign it however I darn well please.)
Some other things I've written/am writing:
Good Ol' Fashioned Brothel - full length play. Life is fleeting, so let's cling to what holds us onto this earth. And let's do that in an illegal brothel in Nevada.
Kevin and Albert love each other very much, but both are seeking for meaning. Kevin throws himself into saving the world, starting with his small town and the eyesore of a brothel that has moved in. Albert agrees to "take the brothel down" in order to remain connected to his boyfriend. Upon arriving at the brothel, however, the two men are thrown into a whirlwind of commotion. Betty, 50 years old, has just gotten her 30 days notice. Madame Louisa, only 29, is 20,000 dollars in debt. And Lola (Louisa's sister), 16...or is she 18?...demands to work in the brothel in order to save herself from her home life. A few twists, many surprises, and just a couple of deaths later, the group learns that in order to survive, they have to hold on.
Pedro - feature screenplay. A former camp counselor runs away from her life and into the arms of an old camper who is now on death row. She wants to save him, but reality sets in as she realizes that her "white savior" act doesn't play out in the real world. Whether Pedro is guilty of the crime or not is irrelevant - only the fact that he never had a chance.
Untitled Comedy - feature screenplay. Melanie thought she had escaped high school - she has a solid job, a great body, and friends that love her. So what if she didn't have a man? But when her high school nemesis, popular girl Vanessa, gets a job at her work...and tries to steal Melanie's crush, Melanie feels like she's 14 all over again. This time she's not going down without a fight.
So, last March, I worked up the nerve to rehearse, edit and actually stage my original play, TWENTY-ITIS - the story of Sarah Klein, 26 years old, struggling to find herself in the midst of relationships, her family, her career path, and her religion. Oh, and she can't quite escape the ghost of her Holocaust survivor grandfather. It's sort of a comedy, more like a dramedy. God, I hate the term dramedy.
The "staged reading" process was extremely stressful and revealing. So, because I like pain, I'm going back into production for an actual full run! We are aiming for the last two weeks in March and first two weeks in April.
The rewriting process is, honestly, going well. With the help of my friend and the director of the play, Stacie Hadgikosti, themes are getting clarified and heightened. Family. Self-transformation. What it means to be Jewish in 2014. We are working on a new title because, frankly, "Twenty-itis" is weak. Mostly, I'm beyond excited to begin the audition and rehearsal process. Producing a play is a huge undertaking - can't wait to dive in headfirst and hit the bottom of the pool! (But hopefully not break my neck - please let it be only a slight blackout.)