“Class” to be Adapted to Film

UC Riverside’s Charles Evered to direct film version of his play

Charles Evered

Charles Evered, professor of playwriting and founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside. ucr

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Charles Evered, professor of playwriting and founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, will write and direct the film adaptation of his play “Class” for Wonderstar Productions.

Wonderstar, headed by Kim Waltrip, (“Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Hit and Run”), and Oscar winner Mark R. Harris (“Crash,” Gods and Monsters”), will team up with Derek Zemrak, Jacqueline Gaul and Kathleen Marshall as producers. The feature will be a co-production by Wonderstar and Evered’s production company, Ordinance 14.

“Class” 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.

The play was first developed in Princeton, N.J., in 2008, where it was given a public reading directed by Emmy-winning actress Bebe Neuwirth, starring Roger Rees as Elliot. Rees was best known for his work with England’s Royal Shakespeare Company and for winning a Tony Award for his performance in “The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby” on Broadway.

“Class” had its world premiere at Cape May Stage in New Jersey, directed by Roy Steinberg. The play went on to further productions on both coasts, most recently at the late Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles. Broadway World called the play a “flawless experience” and “thoroughly absorbing entertainment.” The New York Times called the play “Alluring …it is very clear that Evered, a bi-coastal film director and playwright, knows a good deal about celebrity. Elliot is a fabulous character.” Entertainment Today proclaimed the play “a riveting emotional journey.”

“Class” was published by Broadway Play Publishing Inc., New York City.

Evered, a veteran playwright, previously directed the feature “Adopt a Sailor,” which went on to screen at more than 20 national and international festivals, premiering on Showtime. His second feature, “A Thousand Cuts,” was nominated for a Saturn Award, and starred Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe.

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