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3rd season of Slamdance on Stage

3rd ANNUAL SLAMDANCE ON STAGE OPENS MONDAY, APRIL 3rd
with cast members from the hit TV show, “Just Shoot Me” in key roles


The 3rd season of Slamdance on Stage, the exciting culmination of the 2005 Slamdance Screenplay and Teleplay Competitions begins Monday, April 3rd at 7:30 pm with a reading of Love and Letters, featuring cast members from “Just Shoot Me”- Enrico Calentoni, Wendie Malick and Laura San Giacomo.

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday night through the month of April theater companies from across Los Angeles will present the competitions top finalists, concluding Thursday, April 27th with a reading of the Screenplay Competition's first place winner, Preeti Girl. All Slamdance on Stage readings take place at 7:30 pm at The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, Renberg Theatre (1125 North McCadden Place, Hollywood, CA 90038). Entry is FREE and open to the public. A brief Q&A will follow readings where the screenwriter is present. Receptions with food and beverages will take place before and after every reading.

“Slamdance's staged reading series has proven to be the best way to show appreciation for our award winning screenwriters and showcase the quality of their writing for audiences and industry members” says John Stoddard, Director of the Slamdance Screenplay and Teleplay Competitions.

Selected readings will feature one or more guest celebrity actors. A complete list of screenplays, writers and featured actors is below. Be the first to hear "Tomorrow's Films on Stage Today".

Monday April 3, 2006
Love and Letters (Comedy) by William "Mac" Marshall
Hosted by The Coronet Theatre Writers Lab
Directed by T. Jay O'Brien
Featuring Enrico Colantoni, Wendie Malick & Laura San Giacomo

Tuesday April 4, 2006
Ex by Dani Shear
Boys on June Street by John Woodard
Hot House Bruiser by Joel Metzger
Hosted by Furious Theatre Company
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
Featuring TBA
Wednesday April 5, 2006
Kamehameha the Great (Historical Adventure) by Trudy Drypolcher and Steve Drypolcher
Hosted by Theatre Neo
Directed by Patrick Gorman
Featuring Richard Gilliland & Michael Miranda

Tuesday April 11, 2006
Overture (Historical Comedy) by Steven Frech
Hosted by Theatre of NOTE
Directed by Stephen Carver
Featuring Jack Plotnick

Wednesday April 12, 2006
It's Raining Men (Comedy) by Paul Sbrizzi
The Ark Theatre Company
Directed by Richard Tatum
Featuring Seymour Cassel

Thursday April 13, 2006
Hay's Code (Comedy) by Andrew B. Smith
Hosted by Evidence Room
Directed by Bart DeLorenzo
Featuring Stephen Caffrey

Monday April 17, 2006
Deathday (Supernatural Thriller) by Amir Ohebsion & Omid Arabian
Hosted by Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA
Directed by David Gautreaux
Featuring Gigi Rice & Kenny Williams

Tuesday April 18, 2006
Robert for Apples (Short) (Romantic Comedy) by Brie Williams
The Saint of the Zuiderzee (Short) (Coming of Age Drama) by Brian Higdon, Virginia Friedman & Steve Hess
Hosted by Syzygy Theatre Group
Directed by Martin Bedoian
Featuring Chad Ceccola & Hannah Marks

Wednesday April 19, 2006
Theo Cole (Dramedy) by Kevin Cutts
Hosted by Son of Semele Ensemble
Directed by Matthew McCray
Featuring Karen Landry, Chris Mulkey & Kevin Reed

Monday April 24, 2006
Stray (Urban Drama) by Amanda L. Weier
Hosted by Open Fist Theatre Company
Directed by Amanda L. Weier
Featuring Gary Cole & Teddie Siddall




Tuesday April 25, 2006
Green Shag Carpet Girls (Coming of Age) by Tamara Farsadi
Hosted by Slamdance
Directed by Michelle Oznowicz
Featuring Aviva

Wednesday April 26, 2006
Emily's Window (Historical Drama) by Dayle Ann Hunt
Hosted by Sight Unseen Theatre
Directed by Sam Roberts
Featuring TBA…

Thursday April 27, 2006
Preeti Girl (Drama) by Todd Holmes
Hosted by MetaTheatre Company
Directed by Anthony Meindl
Featuring Sheetal Sheth


ALL DATES, TIMES, FEATURED ACTORS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Further information and reservations are available at:
www.slamdance.com/onstage

SLAMDANCE OVERVIEW – BY FILMMAKERS FOR FILMMAKERS

As a year round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of emerging talent and is dedicated to new filmmakers and their vision. Started in 1995 by a group of filmmakers, Slamdance continues to be organized and programmed “by filmmakers for filmmakers”. The annual Festival has been headquartered at Park City’s Treasure Mountain Inn since 1997. Slamdance has established a unique reputation for premiering independent films by first-time directors working with limited budgets. With a renowned film festival as its core, Slamdance has expanded its ventures to include thriving Screenplay and Teleplay competitions, slamdance.com, the Anarchy online short film competition, Dirty Dozen short film DVD series, a $99 Special short film production wing, a Games competition and a newly formed 99K Feature Project educational program.

Slamdance receives over 3000 film submissions and 2500 screenplay and teleplay submissions per year. Films premiering at Slamdance have won Independent Spirit Awards, the Palme d’Or and an Oscar. Alumni who premiered their films at Slamdance include Memento and Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan, Monster’s Ball and Finding Neverland director Marc Forster and Traffic director Steven Soderbergh. Ray McKinnon, whose film The Accountant played at Slamdance in 2001 went on to win the 2002 Academy Award for Best Short Film. Every year several Slamdance films are picked up for distribution. Jared Hess’ short film Peluca played at the 2003 Film Festival where it was seen by producers, and went on to become the feature hit Napoleon Dynamite. The 2005 Slamdance Opening Night film Mad Hot Ballroom was acquired by Paramount Classics during the festival and went on to gross over $9 million in domestic box office. Participation in the Slamdance Film Festival helped promote these first-time filmmakers, advancing them to the next phase of their careers. Slamdance winning screenplays picked up for production include Nicole Kassell and Stephen Fetcher's The Woodsman, Joshua Marston's Maria Full of Grace and Tim Boughn's Neo Ned. In 2004 the screenplay competition launched a new division dedicated to the teleplay. This competition is sponsored by fox21 and offers its winner a development deal. Also in 2004, Slamdance launched its Gamemaker competition to help aspiring game developers and independent game design. As a result, Slamdance games and gamemakers have received design and distribution deals, including the 2005 Jury Award Revolved that received a distribution deal from Gametrust. Slamdance 2006 audience favorites included world premieres of Abduction The Megumi Yokota Story, executive produced by Jane Campion, and The Sasquatch Dumpling Gang acquired by Sony BMG.

As Slamdance has expanded, so has its reach. Slamdance events take place year-round in various international cities including Los Angeles, New York City, Salt Lake City, Amsterdam, Cannes, Wroclawski, Beijing and Bombay.

Slamdance’s future goal is to strengthen its year-round organization by further developing branded ventures and support of emerging filmmaking talent.

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