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Writers on the Rock host reading

Dana Linn plays Maggie and Kent Junge is one of her quirky suitors in Suzanne Kelman’s new screenplay “Maggie the Brave.”  - Photo courtesy of Suzanne Kelman
Dana Linn plays Maggie and Kent Junge is one of her quirky suitors in Suzanne Kelman’s new screenplay “Maggie the Brave.”
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Suzanne Kelman

The Whidbey Island Arts Council’s Literary Arts Committee presents “Writers on the Rock,” an evening for local writers to read their work.

Join host Patricia Duff who welcomes local writer Suzanne Kelman presenting her original screenplay “Maggie the Brave.” A cast of local actors will join Kelman on stage to read the script at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in the roasting room at Mukilteo Coffee Roasters in Langley. Kelman will also screen the trailer for the film and talk about the process of making the trailer with local actors.

Chef Jess Dowdell will open the dining room for dinner at 6 p.m. with a spring-themed menu of delectable dishes. The wine and beer bar will also be open.

Set in 1978, “Maggie the Brave” is a quirky character-driven British comedy that encourages us to believe that it’s never too late. 

Maggie Cooper is a self-absorbed hypochondriac living alone in three-bedroom government housing. Due to a recession, and in desperate need of family homes, the local council starts relocating single people to “Passive Acres” an almost-ready-for-retirement community. 

Not wanting to leave her lifetime home, Maggie panics during her relocation interview, and declares a husband she doesn’t have. She now has only three weeks to find “Mr. Right” before having to reappear with him before authorities.  

In desperation, she sets her sights on Fred Broughton, a former henpecked widower who is going through his own mid-life crisis. Following the death of his tyrannical wife, Fred has had an enlightening experience whilst watching the movie “Saturday Night Fever.” He now walks, dresses and dances like John Travolta. 

In an unusual alliance, Fred agrees to masquerade as Maggie’s husband, on condition that she becomes his disco partner in a dance competition. And so the laughs and madness ensue.

The cast for the reading includes Dana Linn, Shelley Hartle, Melinda Mack, Keith Mack and Rob Scott. 

“Maggie the Brave” was a finalist in the Moviehatch.com screenplay contest. It also won honorable mention at the 2010 Los Angeles Film & Script Festival, as well as at SkyFest IV Film and Script Festival, and was a semifinalist in Final Draft, Inc., Big Break and Script Magazine contests.

It is currently being read for consideration and development by 20 different studios including Robert De Niro’s “Tribeca” (“Meet the Fockers,” “About a Boy,” “Analayze This”), Broken Road (“Mall Cop,” “The Sorcerers Apprentice,” “Next”) and Red Wagon (“Gladiator,” “The Bridges of Madison County,” “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”)

The Whidbey Island Arts Council invites literary enthusiasts to come and eat, drink and laugh out loud at this evening to support local writers.

Support the Whidbey Island Arts Council by becoming a member.

Admission to “Writers on the Rock” is free, but a donation to the council or a membership fee is appreciated.

Mukilteo Coffee Roasters is off Crawford Road at 3228 Lake Leo Way in Langley. Visit www.mukilteocoffee.com for directions or more info. 

Visit the Whidbey Island Arts Council at www.islandartscouncil.org.

For more info, e-mail pduff@whidbeynewsgroup.com.

 

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