Stephen Metcalfe back at Mo`olelo

March 8, 2011

Mo`olelo Performing Arts Company is pleased to offer the following class:

Course Title: Building a Story

Instructor: Stephen Metcalfe

Dates: Six sessions, meeting every other Monday from 4:00 – 6:30 PM
April 11
April 25
May 9
May 23
June 6
June 20

Location: The 10th Avenue Theatre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Fee: $250 / $200 for members of Dramatists Guild, LMDA, AASD, AEA, AFTRA, SAG, TCG

Minimum 6; Maximum 10 students

Course description: In the course of 12 weeks, the individual will write the first draft a new play. The length of the play will be determined by the individual. We will explore the elements and vocabulary of playwriting. These will include character, dialogue and dramatic structure and theatrical imagination. We will analyze play scripts – both our own as they develop and those of working professionals.

About the Instructor: Stephen Metcalfe’s career has touched on all forms of dramatic writing; screen, television and stage. His first produced screenplay was JACKNIFE. Based on his Off-Broadway play, Strange Snow, it starred Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris and Cathy Bates and was directed by British stage and screen veteran, David Jones. The adaptation of French director, Jean-Claude Tachella’s, Cousin-Cousine soon followed. Produced by Paramount, COUSINS was directed by Joel Schumacher and starred Ted Danson, Isabella Rossellini, William Peterson, Sean Young and Lloyd Bridges. In the early 90’s Mr. Metcalfe took the darkly realistic, 3000 and turned it into the Pygmalion–like fairy tale, PRETTY WOMAN. The film, of course, starred Julia Robert and Richard Gere and was directed by Garry Marshall. Numerous rewrites followed. Among them were ARACHNOPHOBIA directed by Frank Marshall; IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU, starring Nicholas Cage and Bridget Fonda and directed by Andrew Bergman; THE AIR UP THERE starring Kevin Bacon and directed by Paul Michael Glazer; MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS, starring Richard Dreyfuss and directed by Steven Herrick; THE MARRYING MAN starring Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger; DANGEROUS MINDS starring Michelle Pfeifer and ROOMMATES starring Peter Falk and directed by Peter Yates. Mr. Metcalfe has also worked with Sean Connery and Kevin Costner respectively, on the as yet un-produced screenplays, THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR and AMERICAN SPORTSMAN Mr. Metcalfe has adopted both stage plays and novels. His play, EMILY was done for Scott Rudin and Paramount Pictures; TIME FLIES, by Paul Link, was adopted for producer Laura Ziskin; A.R. Gurney’s THE OLD BOY was written for Touchstone Pictures and Peter Mayle’s comic novel, ANYTHING CONSIDERED, was done for producer, Stanley Jaffe and Sony Pictures. In 2002 Mr. Metcalfe wrote and directed the independent film BEAUTIFUL JOE starring Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly. Mr. Metcalfe’s stage plays include LOVES & HOURS, VIKINGS, STRANGE SNOW, SORROWS AND SONS, PILGRIMS, HALF A LIFETIME, EMILY, WHITE LINEN, DIVIRTIMENTI, THE INCREDIBLY FAMOUS WILLY RIVERS and WHITE MAN DANCING. His plays continue to be produced in New York and at theaters through the United States as well as in Europe and Japan. His television credits are available upon request.

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