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August 22, 2014
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, Beth Behrs and Thomas Middleditch are among the actors participating
“Game of Thrones” star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is among the writers who will participate in a special summer iteration of Haven Entertainment and Firefly Theater & Films’s popular “Unscreened” series, TheWrap has learned.
The “Unscreened Summer Series” will feature staged readings of five new plays that will feature cast members such as Coster-Waldau and his “Game of Thrones” co-star Gwendoline Christie, who is currently filming “Star Wars: Episode VII,” plus major TV stars Beth Behrs (“2 Broke Girls”) and Thomas Middleditch (“Silicon Valley”), as well as Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”), Michael Stahl-David (“Cloverfield”), Adelaide Clemens and Eliza Coupe.
The inaugural class of writers for the “Unscreened Summer Series” are Coster-Waldau & JP Derrick, Harris Danow (“The Newsroom”), Celine Geiger (“The Lying Game”), Justin Sternberg (“The Paul Reiser Show”) and Jordan & Justin Shipley.
Directors include Danow, Logan Kibens and “Unscreened” alums Daria Polatin (“Weeds”), Will Greenberg (“Halt and Catch Fire”), and Susanna Fogel (“Life Partners”).
“Unscreened” was created by Haven Entertainment’s Jordana Mollick and Firefly Theater & Films’s Steven Klein in order to give film and TV writers the chance to see their visions fully realized at a pace and depth of collaboration that only theater can accommodate and to work closely with the type of established actors that the writers and directors are regularly meeting via their day jobs.
“The Summer Reading Series is an exciting way to expand the community of talented writers, directors, and actors that Unscreened has built over the years, while continuing to harness collaborations with our alumni,” Mollick and Klein said in a joint statement.
The “Unscreened Summer Series” will take place on the weekend of Sept. 5-7 at 8 p.m. at the Lillian Theater in Hollywood. Tickets are available online here www.unscreenedla.com or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006.
Several of the short plays created for ”Unscreened” in 2011, 2012, and 2013 have led to further projects, most notably – ”Life Partners” by Susanna Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, which was adapted into a feature film starring Meester, Gillian Jacobs, and Adam Brody. The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in April and will be released this fall by Magnolia Pictures; “T*TS” by Leslye Headland, which is being workshopped by Second Stage into a full-length play; Beth Schacter’s ”Turned Out,” which is being developed into a feature; and Corinne Kingsbury’s play “His Girl,” which is now being developed with Anonymous Content and “Unscreened” into a cable TV show.
Haven’s partners are Mauricio Betancur, Kevin Mann, Rachel Miller and Jesse Hara. “Unscreened” co-founder Jordana Mollick and Brendan Bragg, formerly of Black Sheep Entertainment, joined the company as partners in 2013. Haven recently produced the EDM documentary “Under the Electric Sky,” which Focus released this summer after acquiring the film at Sundance earlier this year.