Martha's Vineyard Regional High School Performing Arts Center
The Screenwriter’s Daughter
Five Performances Only! JULY 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14
THE SCREENWRITER’S DAUGHTER takes place over the course of one pivotal day and night in 1964. The celebrated, wealthy 71 year old writer and father BEN HECHT struggles with the prospects of his beloved 20 year old, wild child, daughter JENNY running off from her life of comfort and privilege to leave the United States with a one way ticket to Europe as part of the radical theatre group, The Living Theatre; anti-government, anarchist artists advocating world change. The company is committed to challenging the social class structure, senseless laws and the conformity of post World War II America. With time running out Ben, a former human rights advocate and social crusader himself as a young man hopes he can convince his daughter not to go off with the dangerous, underground theatre company. Despite her independence young Jenny still seeks her adored father’s approval and is caught between the two forces. Can the masterscenarist Ben change Jenny’s destiny with words alone?
CREATIVE TEAMWriter: A new play Written & Directed by Larry Mollin
LARRY MOLLIN has been a Producer and Writer for Television and Film for the last thirty years. He’s best known for his work on BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 for which he wrote, produced and executive produced one-hundred twenty-eight hours from 1993-1998, the zenith of the show’s popularity. From New York originally, he immigrated to Canada with family in 1969 and quickly became a dynamic contributor to the Canadian theatre world as an actor, playwright and artistic director of the Homemade Theatre Company of Toronto, a seminal performance group of the 1970’s. Besides writing for stage, screen and television, Larry is a published poet and lyricist. He first fell in love with the island as a member of the summer stock company, The Vineyard Players in 1966. Larry wishes to especially thank Dee Mollin, Robert Brustein, MJ Munafo, Pam Putney, Roz Glazer, Sharon Bialy, Hecht biographer, William MacAdams, and Helen Long of the Newberry Library’s Hecht Archives.
KEN BALTIN has been performing on Boston area stages for the past twenty-five years. This season he appeared in the premier of DEPORTED-A DREAM PLAY at the Modern Theatre in Boston. Recent credits include THE FEVER CHART with Underground Railway Theatre in Cambridge, CYMBELINE with the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Grace Paley’s THE LOUDEST VOICE at URT; EURYDICE at New Repertory Theatre, THE CHERRY ORCHARD at the Nora Theatre Company, LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS at Gloucester Stage Company, COPENHAGEN at The Vineyard Playhouse, the premier productions of Leslie Epstein’s KING OF THE JEWS, and PERMANENT WHOLE LIFE at the Boston Playwrights Theatre. Past Boston area credits of note include BROOKLYN BOY at the SpeakEasy Stage Company WAITING FOR GODOT, SCAPIN, THE WAVERLY GALLERY, TWELFTH NIGHT, and AMERICAN BUFFALO at the New Repertory Theatre; GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, LOST IN YONKERS, LAUGHTER ON THE TWENTY-THIRD FLOOR, and SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD at the Lyric Stage, and many others. In the 2012-13 season he will appear in KITE RUNNER at New Rep, SUSSMAN VARIATIONS at BPT, and OPERATION EPSILON at the Nora. Aside from performing, Ken is on the acting faculty at The Boston Conservatory.
ELLA DERSHOWITZ is absurdly excited to be revisiting THE SCREENWRITER’S DAUGHTER after playing Jenny in last summer’s Monday night reading. She has recently appeared off-Broadway in A SPLINTERED SOUL (Elisa) and in her Yale senior project, HAMELT (Ophelia). She has also acted on television in Lie to Me and in the upcoming HBO Phil Spector Biopic (written and directed by David Mamet). She appeared in the film Knife Fight, which premiered at TriBeCa and will be in theaters this fall. Training: LAMDA, Yale (theater major with distinction). Many thanks to family, Vineyard family, fairy godmother, Abrams, and the SWD and Playhouse teams.
David Henry Gerson
DAVID HENRY GERSON is an actor and filmmaker. Film and television credits include David Mamet’s HBO Phil Spector Biopic with Al Pacino, The UNIT, and 8Bits (Sundance 2011). Theater credits include Stanley in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and Count Almaviva in THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (Dir. Diane Paulus). David’s film, Ultra Violet for Sixteen Minutes, (Slamdance 2011) screened at the Pompidou Museum in Paris, and is in the permanent collection of MoMA in NY. He studied the Method and Meisner techniques in NY, at the British American Drama Academy in London, and he holds a BA from Columbia University in English Literature. www.davidhenrygerson.com
Kristina Kinsman Maynard
KRISTINA KINSMAN MAYNARD lives on her farm in Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard. She fell in love with acting at age 4, watching her sister play Wendy in Peter Pan, and has been a part of the Island acting community ever since. Kristi is very happy to be back on stage after taking a long hiatus to raise her children. Her other passions include working in Kenya with refugees, riding horses and doing community service.