Screenplay by Stalin
SCREENPLAY BY STALIN
by Tom Fontana – August 7th
In a room below Joseph Stalin, a pair of screenwriters have just completed a script for a film celebrating the Soviet triumph over the Nazis, and they’re anxiously waiting to hear what the man upstairs thinks. Upon discovering that their room is wiretapped, and then overhearing a few suspicious orders just outside their door, they realize there may be a serious price to pay if their fearless leader isn’t happy. When they do finally get some feedback, the writers have to decide whether sticking to the truth is worth risking their lives.
Tom Fontana (Playwright) has written and produced such groundbreaking television series as St. Elsewhere, Homicide: Life On The Street, Oz, The Philanthropist, Copper and Netflix’s Borgia. He’s currently show running a new Showtime series, City on a Hill. He has received, among others, three Emmy Awards, four Peabody Awards, three Writers’ Guild Awards, four Television Critics Association Awards, the Cable Ace Award, the Humanitas Prize, a Special Edgar and the first prize at the Cinema Tout Ecran Festival in Geneva. Fontana wrote the HBO film Strip Search, directed by Sidney Lumet, as well as contributed two pieces to the September 11th special America: A Tribute to Heroes. He was the executive producer of American Tragedy for CBS, Shot in the Heart, You Don’t Know Jack and Wizard of Lies for HBO, as well as the documentary The Press Secretary for PBS, Killing Fields for Discovery and the independent films Jean, In Good Conscience and Anytown USA. Fontana has written articles for such periodicals as The New York Times, TV Guide and Esquire and has taught at Columbia, Syracuse, Rutgers and the State University College at Buffalo, his alma mater, from which he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctorate of Letters. Fontana has had numerous plays produced in New York, where he lives, and at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Buffalo Studio Arena Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and McCarter Theatre Company. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Producers Guild of America, the Friars Club, the Players Club, the American Theatre Wing and the Writers Guild of America, East, from which he received the Evelyn F. Burkey Award, the Richard B. Jablow Award and the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Lifetime Achievement. Fontana serves on the boards of Stockings with Care, the American Theatre Wing, the WGAE Foundation, The NYPD Police Museum, The Creative Coalition, The Acting Company, The Williamstown Theatre Festival and Center for Creative Voices in Media.
Directed by Co-Artistic Director Joe Cacaci.
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