UC Riverside Theater Professor Overseeing Two Publications of his Work

A new edition of “Class” will be released in 2016; a series of short plays to be released in 2017

Charles Evered directs a scene

Charles Evered Photo by Ryan Tower

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Charles Evered, professor of playwriting in the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, will have two publications released in 2016 and 2017.

A new edition of Evered’s critically acclaimed play “Class” is being published by New York City’s Broadway Play Publishing Inc. The play was first presented as a reading in Evered’s hometown of Princeton, New Jersey, starring Tony winner Roger Rees, and directed by Emmy-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth. It tells the story of Sarah, a young Hollywood starlet seeking lessons from Elliot, an esteemed acting teacher in New York City. In the course of their work together, they learn more about themselves than the craft – and in doing so change each other’s lives forever. “Class” went on to be produced in New York and Los Angeles, among other venues.

The second publication features a collection of short plays by Evered, written between 1985 and 2015, and is expected to be released in 2017. Included in the collection will be “Adopt a Sailor,” which premiered at Town Hall in New York City in 2002, starring a revolving cast of actors including Sam Waterston, Eli Wallach, Liev Schreiber, Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Irving. The play was later developed into a longer version, and premiered in New York City. That version evolved into a feature film Evered wrote and directed starring Neuwirth, Emmy winner Peter Coyote and Ethan Peck. “Adopt a Sailor” went on to screen at more than 20 national and international film festivals, and premiered on Showtime.

“I’m thrilled Broadway Play Publishing remains committed to my work in the theater. It’s great to know ’Class‘ will have a further life, and the fact that they’re publishing short plays of mine written over the last 30 years makes me feel both humbled and extremely old,” said Evered.

Evered, who splits his time between the East and West coasts, is also working on several screen projects, one of which is “Carrier,” a big-budget naval action script he first sold to Dreamworks more than a decade ago. He’s updating the story to reflect the post-9/11 world.

“I’m lucky to have the sort of career that finds me working on small as well as larger scale projects, and I actually feel one feeds the other,” he said.

The theater department is also scheduled to produce “Wilderness of Mirrors,” a play by Evered about wartime spies and espionage. It will run from May 5 to 14, 2016.

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