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Slow Donkey Prospectus: A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

December, 2009

CONTACT: Lauren Rosen, Producer, 347.756.1375; email: loumichelle@hotmail.com WHAT WE NEED: Tax-deductible donations for covering costs of crew and equipment, catering services and food, accommodations in New York, NY, accommodations in Delaware County, NY, lighting and sound equipment, All donations will receive a tax receipt from our fiscal sponsor New York Women in Film & Television. WHEN: Shoot dates are in March 2010. WHAT: A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. Adapted from the short story by Carson McCullers Southern writer William Caverlee describes Carson McCullers’ anthologized short story A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. as “… a gallant, melodic little story – a tale as enigmatic, comic and fleeting as a person’s life.” A wanderer. A paperboy. A lonely cafe on the edge of town. When the boy comes in to get out of a cold rain, the stranger at the counter teaches him a lesson he'll never forget. Was he drunk? Was he crazy? Was he God? Darkly comic and deeply moving, A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. is a story about unrequited love. An old man embarks on a self-debasing yet ultimately successful quest for meaning. The characters struggle to find self-value not in being loved by another, but by gaining the capacity to love on their own. McCullers’ writing is ripe with imagery and metaphor and provides the opportunity to create a visually rich and emotionally charged world. A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud. won the O. Henry Prize for Outstanding Literature in 1942.


Slow Donkey Prospectus: A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

December, 2009

WHO WE ARE: New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), Fiscal Sponsor: is a nonprofit membership organization for professional women in film, television and new media. A champion of women's rights, achievements and points of view in the film and television industry, NYWIFT is an educational forum for media professionals, and a network for the exchange of information and resources. NYWIFT brings together more than 2,000 professionals including EMMY and Academy Award® winners, who work in all areas of the entertainment industry — above and below the line. It is part of a network of 40 international women in film chapters, representing more than 10,000 members worldwide Carson McCullers (1917-1967), Author: With a collection of work including five novels, two plays, twenty short stories, more than two dozen nonfiction pieces, a book of children's verse, a small number of poems, and an unfinished autobiography, Carson McCullers is considered to be among the most significant American writers of the twentieth century. She is best known for her novels The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Reflections in a Golden Eye, and The Member of the Wedding, all published between 1940 and 1946. At least four of her works have been made into films. She grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Lauren Rosen, Director and Producer: holds an MFA in directing from Moscow Art Theatre in conjunction with The American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. She is currently Associate Producer/Director of Post-Production and additional shooting for DeAf Jam, an ITVS (Independent Television Services) sponsored and NEA funded feature documentary about ASL (American Sign Language) poetry. She has produced and directed two short films, Wunderkind, and Yesterday (Today). Ms. Rosen was a 2009 finalist for the American Film Institute’s prestigious Directing Workshop for Women and a 2009 finalist in The Directors Guild of America Assistant Directors Training Fellowship. Last spring, Ms. Rosen assistant directed Benjamin Britten’s adaptation of The Beggar’s Opera conducted by Maestro Lorin Maazel at Chateauville Opera in Castleton, Virginia. Other recent directing credits include Marla and Her Prayers (La Mama Etc.), Little Mary (Dixon Pace, Warning! Not For Broadway Festival), Back Burner Murder (Westbeth Theatre), Dear America (International Fringe Festival), Lenin’s Shoe (Guest Artist, Hartt Conservatory, )Boy Gets Girl (Guest Artist SUNY Stony Brook), Abingdon Square (Brick Theatre, NY), Closer (Guest Artist, Johns Hopkins University). Assistant Director Otello, Turandot, and La Boheme at Hawaii Opera Theatre. As well as being a director, Lauren is a freelance Associate Producer and Assistant Editor for various film, television and web projects. Affiliations: Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, The Women’s Project Directors’ Forum, New Georges.


Slow Donkey Prospectus: A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

December, 2009

Darrah Cloud, Script Advisor: most recent work includes the stage adaptation of Disney’s classic, Snow White, now playing at Disneyland. Her adaptations of O Pioneers! and The Boxcar Children, with composer Kim D. Sherman, have toured all over the United States. O Pioneers! was filmed for American Playhouse with Mary McDonnell in the lead. Her play The Stick Wife continues to be produced all over the U.S. and Europe. Hearts Are Wild, a rock musical with composer George Griggs opened in Pittsburgh at City Theater in January, 2006 and Sabina, a chamber musical about Jung, Freud and Sabina Spielrein, with book by Willy Holtzman and music by Louise Beach, is in the works. Heartland, an original musical, also with Kim D. Sherman, has been produced in the regional theaters since 2000. She has won numerous awards, including an NEA and a Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Award, writes for television as well as theater, and is an alumna of the Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa and New Dramatists in New York City. Michele Aldin, Adaptation / Screenplay: was named one of “three Fringe Festival playwrights to watch” in the Backstage article, “Breakout Talent – Writers on the Rise” after the critically acclaimed production of her play, Dear America, at the Flea Theatre as part of the New York International Fringe Festival. Recently, her play, Back Burner Murder, took part in Six Figures Theatre Company’s Artists of Tomorrow Festival. Previously, her play, 31 Bond, was commissioned by and produced at the Brooklyn Lyceum, New York. Her other plays have premiered in New York and Los Angeles at: The Triad, The Riant Theatre, The Looking Glass Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, First Stage Theatre, Emerging Artists Theatre, The Brooklyn Lyceum, Women’s Project & Production, The American Globe Theater, and the Titan Theatre Company at Westbeth. Michèle’s co-authorship of an original musical Journey To Friday with The Woodstock Youth Theatre premiered at The New York International Fringe Festival 1999. She is currently working on an original musical, Little Mary (book) with composer/lyricist, Keith Gordon, which took part in Dixon Place’s Warning: Not For Broadway Reading Series in November 2006. Her screenplay 11 Months, is the winner of the Alfred P. Sloan award; her screenplay, This Sweet Earth, was a finalist in the Moondance International Film Festival. She is an alumna of the Women’s Project and Production’s Playwrights’ Lab and the Looking Glass Theatre Playwright’s Lab. Michèle is a current member of Dramatists Guild, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, New Shoe, and Stellar Network. Michèle is a NYC native and has received her MFA from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program. John O’Keefe, Actor: was born in waterloo, IA in 1940 raised in Catholic orphanages and state juvenile homes throughout the American Midwest. He began singing in church choirs at the age of five and pursued his musical interests, subsequently receiving a vocal scholarship at the University of Iowa, where he earned a BA degree in Philosophy and an MFA in Theater. O'Keefe became involved with laboratory theater as a writer and performer with the Center for New Performing Arts. He continued his experimental work with the Iowa Theatre Lab. His affiliation with the Magic Theater in San Francisco began


Slow Donkey Prospectus: A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

December, 2009

with their 1972 production of his play Chamber Piece and the 1973 production of Jimmy Beam and continues to this day, including six full productions, with two more currently in the works. Among these, All Night Long won the full round of Bay Area Critics Awards. John O'Keefe was co-founder of the Blake Street Hawkeyes, a performance lab ensemble based in Berkeley, California. O'Keefe was one of five writers chosen for a residency at Sundance Film Institute in 1989. His work Shimmer toured throughout the Untied States and Europe and was then produced as a feature film by American Playhouse and broadcast nationally. He won the New York Bessie Award for the Shimmer. He performed his one-man show The Promotion at Lincoln Center in 1991. In the 1990's, John O'Keefe's acting talents have been featured in numerous productions and motion pictures. In 1992 he was a screenwriting fellow at Sundance Film Institue. He was artistin-residence at the University of Iowa in 1994, where his play The Flowers of Fancy premiered, marking the first production in O'Keefe's Brontë series. O'Keefe with his film adaptation of The Flowers of Fancy represented the United States at Sundance Institute's European affiliate, the Equinoxe Film Institute in Bordeaux, France in 1995. The Deatherians, O'Keefe's musical about sex and euthanasia in Amsterdam had its world premier at the Undermain Theater in 1996, sweeping the Critics awards in Dallas that year. In the spring of 1997, The Brontë Cycle was performed at the Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville, Tennessee where he was artist in residence. Brontë was read at the Lincoln Center Director's Workshop in May of 1999. The Magic Theater of San Francisco presented Brontë in 1999. It was nominated for Best Playwrighting by the San Francisco Drama Critic's Circle. Glamour (a play featuring Robert Graves) opened March 15, 2001 at the Cinnabar Theater, John O'Keefe, director. Glamour won a citation for best play by National Critics Association and ran at the Ohio Theatre in April 9th 2002, Kathrine Owens, director. Times Like These, the second in his "Occupation Drama" opened in Los Angles at 2100 Square Feet in Oct. 2002, moved to the Oddssey Theatre in January for a combined seven and a half month run, director, John O'Keefe. It won the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Award for Playwriting for 2002 and the LA Weekly Award for best playwriting and best lead in a male and female role and the Top 10 productions in the LA Times. In October he participated in the Mark Taper Forum's New Plays Series with Glamour. Times Like These was performed at the New Theatre in Miami in December of 2003. Gareth Sanders, Actor: is a fifth-grader best known for reciting classic poems on The Lumberyard: A Radio Magazine of Prose, Poetry & Music, readings that have since been aired by radio stations around the world. Since that time Gareth has been writing and performing his own poems. His first chapbook, The Mistakes We Have Made, will be released in January 2010, and one of these poems, “Inspiration,” just won the school literary contest. Gareth is an avid reader, competitive runner, and serves as 4-H president at North Columbus Elementary School. ###


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