Newport Beach Film Festival to Premiere Theater Professor’s Film April 29

Another work by Charles Evered, a short play, to premiere in London in June

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Charles Evered’s newest film, “Out,” premieres April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — The latest film by UC Riverside playwright/screenwriter/director Charles Evered, “Out,” will premiere April 29 at the Newport Beach Film Festival. A second new work, a short play titled “Knock Knock,” will premiere in London on June 3.

“Out” screens at 8:30 p.m. at the Starlight Triangle 8 Cinemas in Costa Mesa. It is the story of Raymond Bilotti, a down-on-his-luck everyman who in less than 20 minutes faces the prospect of losing his home, his mother and his most closely held secret. The film stars Marty James (“A Thousand Cuts”),  Joshua Fardon (“Conspiracy Theory”),  Gloria LeRoy (“Sid and Nancy”), Craig Carlisle (“Bob Funk”),  and David Channell (“Independence Day”).

Evered, currently finishing his first year of a two-year appointment as artistic director of UCR’s theater season, is a professor of playwriting who also writes for TV and film. He directed “Out” last July in Los Angeles over a four-day period. David Moriya, a UCR theater major, was the film’s editor, and Peter Guenther, also a UCR theater major, worked on sound.

“Knock Knock” will be performed at Theatre503 in Battersea, London, in a program of short, politically themed works by American writers. It tells the story of a man who is visited by two Secret Service agents who are determined to question him.

Charles Evered

Charles Evered

Theatre503, which The Guardian newspaper recently described as “arguably the most important theatre in Great Britain today,” produces work the company describes as “mischievous, visually thrilling and theatrical.”

Evered plans to attend both premieres. “I couldn’t be more appreciative of the support UCR has shown me, particularly my department chair, Stu Krieger, and the university in general, which is making it possible for me to represent the university overseas,” he said.

Commenting on his upcoming productions, Evered was both relieved and thankful. “Relieved because when your work finds a home, it makes the travel, the late nights, tossed drafts, the second guessing all worth it, and thankful because I have collaborators who have been with me all the way.”

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“Knock Knock” will premiere in London in June.

Evered has written for major studios and for the hit USA Network series “Monk,” starring Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub. His film “Adopt a Sailor” — based on a play he wrote of the same name — was an official selection at more than 20 national and international film festivals and premiered on Showtime. “A Thousand Cuts, “ his second feature as a director, was nominated for a Saturn Award by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Evered, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has won several awards for his writing including the Berrilla Kerr Award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship at The Manhattan Theatre Club, the Chesterfield/Amblin Fellowship, the Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, the Bert Linder Fellowship, the Lucas Artist Fellowship and the Crawford Playwriting Award. He is a former officer in the United States Navy Reserve, attaining the rank of lieutenant. In 2010 he formed a production company called Ordinance 14.

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