The fuse that ignited this project was a couple friends (we'll call; Sarah & James? ) asked for submissions for something, "film noir." Well, at the time, I needed something to do... and film noir style & stories were something I'm well versed in (I couldn't tell you about a lot things, but I could tell you who was floating dead in Gloria Swanson's pool in Sunset Boulevard... Joe Gillis a.k.a. William Holden) So, I wrote a story and submitted it, then I wrote another... I didn't hear back from my friends? But my brain was clickin' away, so I wrote yet another story... (and I thought they were pretty damn good!) I didn't want to write your standard cliche detective yarn. I wanted to write things that were really off-beat (and may I say; even a little "wacky") but still with a homage of all the great stories and wild characters from those classic type films. With tips of the cap to folks like: Lon Chaney, Tod Browning, Barbara Stanwyck, Billy Wilder, Louise Brooks and the noir master, Orson Welles. Another kick is, I've set some of the action in one of the acts at L.A.'s famed The Ambassador Hotel (where I had actually worked during it's last seven years, before it was demolished in 2005) So, I got to do my little tribute to her with a tale that's loosely based on a strange story someone told me once in my office at The Ambassador.
|Our fantastic key art by Jim Pierce|
Well, my friends actually never ended up doing their show, but I though "what the hell?" I have three one acts, I just needed one more to fill out a whole show... so I thought finish "this muhtha" (and I did just that!) I've loved writing for years, I've written a least a half a dozen screenplays (and yes, they're pretty good!) but, to bring one of my scripts to the screen, would take a hell of a lot of money... I thought, this play was something doable?
|Perhaps, this noir photo (taken by me ) of my friend, actress Brittany Murphy at the Ambassador Hotel in 2005 with Louise Brooks (painted by artist Ana Rosa Amaral) in the corner was an inspiration for my Act Two; ROOM 509?|
|I can tell ya who this "dead screenwriter" is!|
"THE BIG WOOGIE: 4 Noir Acts"Premier Engagement @
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