BUZZ: September 2014

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Through their writing, Dustin Lance Black (J Edgar, Milk) and Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club) have shined a bright light on LBGT issues, all while managing not to make LBGT-specific films but Oscar-winning ones. This subtle finesse means their films carry profound messages to a broad, worldwide audience. “The Writer's Room with Reza Aslan” is excited to welcome two talented and lauded screenwriters to its monthly series (first Wednesdays) on Wednesday, September 3, 8 p.m. at DBA, West Hollywood. Tickets via DBAHollywood, coupon code: WGAMember.

Emmy-winning Wayne Brady stars in Pasadena Playhouse’s Kiss Me, Kate with Merle Dandridge, directed by Sheldon Epps. The beloved backstage musical includes many recognized Cole Porter songs: “So in Love,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” This classic show celebrates Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the joys, madness and rewards of working in the theatre, both onstage and off. Show opens September 16 and runs through October 12. Purchase tickets online or call (626) 356-7529. WGAW members can login to Special Offers page to get Pasadena Playhouse discount code.

Stanley Dyrector will have a staged reading of excerpts from his book of interviews with blacklisted WGA members titled Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants at the Will and Arial Durant Library, 7140 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, on Saturday, September 27, 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Guest speaker Christopher Knopf joins discussion. Free parking in library rear library lot, entrance from Detroit Street.

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Jordan Harrison’s (Orange Is the New Black) new play, Marjorie Prime, will have its World Premiere at the Mark Taper Forum September 10 – October 19. This poignant new drama invites you on a twisty ride to uncharted theatrical terrain. In the age of artificial intelligence, how do you compute the reality of loss and keep your loved ones from becoming a distant memory? Directed by Les Waters with a cast including Lisa Emery, Lois Smith, Jeff Ward and Frank Wood. WGAW members can login to Special Offers page to get the Center Theatre Group discount.

David Misch (Mork and Mindy, Saturday Night Live, Funny: The Book) presents his seminar "Understanding Comedy: The Rules" at iO West in Hollywood on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. The talk is aimed at show-biz professionals and people who'd like an in-depth (if three hours is deep) look at how comedy works, accompanied by copious comedy clips. Click for info. Tickets $50, $40 for WGA members with code "COMEDY!"  

Arnold Rudnick (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Star Trek: Voyager, The New Addams Family, and author of the middle-grade book ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense) is co-hosting "Would A Ghost Say That?", a seminar on the paranormal ESPecially for media professionals, with parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach, on Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Universal Hilton. By learning the fundamentals of ghosts, poltergeists, hauntings, extrasensory perception, near death and other universal experiences, based on real world reports and investigations, entertainment creators can increase the suspension of disbelief for their paranormal projects. Discount for WGA members (use promo code WGA). Register here.

A.M. Zweiback's original spec screenplay Nice People and Other Perverts made 1st Quarter Finals (the top 25% of 1300) of the ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest.


WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.