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8 Great Playwrights Who Write for Television

Do you know the writers behind your favorite TV programs? Just like actors, many great playwrights split their time between theater and television. Here are eight well-known contemporary playwrights and the hit TV shows on which they’ve worked! Roberto Aguirre-SacasaThis famous playwright, screenwriter, and comic book author wrote the book for the “American Psycho” musical and co-wrote Broadway’s “Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark,” along with plays “Based on a Totally True Story” and “Good Boys and True.” Aguirre-Sacasa also worked on HBO’s “Big Love” before joining Fox’s “Glee” as a co-producer and writer in 2011, and is now back at HBO as co-executive producer and writer on “Looking.” Jon Robin BaitzThis prominent playwright, producer, and screenwriter got his start with 1988’s Drama Desk-nominated “The Film Society” before penning several other highly successful works including “The Substance of Fire,” “Three Hotels” (1993 Drama Desk Nomination), “A Fair Country
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John Noble, Hamish Linklater Lead Cast of Off Broadway’s ‘Posterity’

John Noble, Hamish Linklater Lead Cast of Off Broadway’s ‘Posterity’
John Noble (“Sleepy Hollow”) and Hamish Linklater (“The Crazy Ones”) lead the cast of the new play by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife”), “Posterity,” receiving its world premiere this spring at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.

Dale Soules, Henry Stram (currently in the Bradley Cooper topliner “The Elephant Man”) and Mickey Theis also appear in the show, about the contentious sitting sessions of Henrik Ibsen (Noble) for Norway’s top sculptor (Linklater).

Fringe” alum Noble appeared Off Broadway in “The Substance of Fire” in the spring. Linklater is a Gotham theater veteran, with recent appearances including “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Comedy of Errors” in Central Park.

“Posterity” begins previews Feb. 25 ahead of a March 15 opening at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater.
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On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,
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On my radar: Jon Robin Baitz's cultural highlights

The American playwright and screenwriter on True Detective, David Hockney and langoustines at the River Cafe

Playwright and screenwriter Jon Robin "Robbie" Baitz was brought up in Brazil and South Africa before returning to his birthplace, Los Angeles. In 1988 his first two-act play, The Film Society, transferred to an off-Broadway theatre, following a successful run in La. His subsequent work for the stage has included The Substance of Fire, People I Know, an adaptation of Hedda Gabler and the Pulitzer prize-nominated A Fair Country. Baitz has written for television, with credits including The West Wing and Alias, and he made the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters, which ran for five series. Baitz's Broadway debut, Other Desert Cities, which received five Tony award nominations and earned him his second Pulitzer Pprize nomination, runs at the Old Vic until 24 May.

TV: True Detective

This is a brilliant, existential, American television series starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,
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Tony Goldwyn Joins ‘Divergent’

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Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf) company, announced today that Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of the studio’s highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film will also feature Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure, based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is being directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher are producing the project via their Red Wagon Entertainment banner along with Pouya Shahbazian. Red Wagon’s Rachel Shane is executive producing, alongside John J. Kelly. Summit will release the film theatrically in North
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Tony Goldwyn Joins Divergent

Word has just come to us that actor Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of Divergent, based on Veronica Roth's young adult trilogy of the same name. Read on for the latest on this new flick from Summit Entertainment.

From the Press Release

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate® (NYSE: Lgf) company, announced today that Tony Goldwyn has joined the cast of the studio’s highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent, starring Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film will also feature Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. Currently filming in Chicago, the futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is being directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.
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‘The Help’ Cast to be Honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony.

The 15th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards, presented by Starz Entertainment, are pleased to announce that the cast of DreamWorks Pictures and Participant Media’s “The Help” – Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard, Allison Janney, Chris Lowell, Ahna O’Reilly, Octavia Spencer, Emma Stone, Sissy Spacek, Mary Steenburgen, Cicely Tyson and Mike Vogel – will be recognized at the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award.”

The announcement was made today by Carlos de Abreu, Founder of the 15th Annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony, which will take place on the evening of Monday, October 24, 2011, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Hollywood Film Awards Gala launches the awards season.
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My First Job: Daniel Sullivan

Everett Daniel Sullivan on the set of “The Substance of Fire” in 1996

Daniel Sullivan is the director behind “The Merchant of Venice,” “Good People,” and “Proof,” not to mention a host of other successful Broadway plays. But before he arrived on the Great White Way, he got his start in much humbler surroundings: a popcorn factory.

Born in Wray, Colorado and raised in San Francisco, Sullivan’s first job was to thrust his hand in a chopper and slide out
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One-Stop Workshop

When "Other Desert Cities" opens in December at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater in New York, it will signal the return of Jon Robin Baitz, who left the theater world for a few years for the small screen and his creation, ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." But before that happens, Baitz is fine-tuning his latest play with a workshop performance this week at the Ojai Playwrights Conference—a path Baitz took twice before, with "The Paris Letter" and "Chinese Friends." A public reading of "Other Desert Cities" is featuring Mary McCormack ("In Plain Sight," "The West Wing"), Holland Taylor ("Two and A Half Men"), Concetta Tomei, and Thomas Higgens.Baitz considers the workshop process a valuable tool leading up to a full-scale production, and he likes the fit of Ojai, thanks in large part to its producer and artistic director, Robert Egan. "Robert and I started working together 22 years ago," Baitz says.
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Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show

Hollywood Mogul Robert Evans Inspires Broadway Show
It's no surprise that gravel-voiced Hollywood mogul Robert Evans--a one-time actor, studio head, memoirist and documentary subject--should inspire a stage play. Famed West End, opera and film director Sir Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) is directing the Broadway production, which will be adapted from Evans' memoirs The Kid Stays in the Picture and The Fat Lady Sang by Jon Robin Baitz (The Substance of Fire). Smuggler Films has acquired the live stage rights. Besides being a wily businessman and canny raconteur, Evans turned out to be a terrific writer. Both books are must-reads. And he's a great subject for a play, because he's a larger-than-life character. He escaped the New York garment industry, acted in Hollywood, became a producer and Paramount chief very young, produced ...
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