‘Riverdale’ star Luke Perry to star in ‘Class’

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.” The adaptation will star Luke Perry, best known for his role in the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” franchise, as well as the current CW Television Network hit “Riverdale.”

Perry’s credits include films such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Fifth Element,” as well as TV shows “Hot in Cleveland” and “Oz,” among other projects.

Production will begin in 2018 in Los Angeles and New York City.

Producers include Kim Waltrip, (“Hit & Run,” “Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”), Derek Zemrak, (“King Cobra,” “Nosferatu”), Jacqueline Figueiredo, a producer on Evered’s film “Out,” which premiered at festivals in 2014. Executive producers include Kathleen Marshall LaGambina (Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater) and Heather Hall (“Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve”).

“Class” tells the story of Sarah, a young Hollywood starlet seeking lessons from Elliot (Perry), a veteran 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.

Evered describes himself as “thrilled” to finally be working with Perry, who has been a friend for decades. “Luke and I have been trying to find something to work on for more than 20 years, and ‘Class’ is the perfect vehicle.  Like Elliot, the character he’ll play, Luke is funny, engaging, complicated, dark and beyond all that, charming. And he’s a darn fine actor,” Evered said.

Charles Evered and Luke Perry at the book release party for “Class.” courtesy of charles evered

“Class” had its world premiere at Cape May Stage in New Jersey, directed by Roy Steinberg. Additional productions were staged 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” and offered praise for the playwright: “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 New York City’s Broadway Play Publishing, Inc.

Evered, a veteran playwright, previously directed the feature Adopt a Sailor,” which was also produced by Waltrip. The movie went on to screen at more than twenty national and international festivals, premiering on Showtime. “Adopt a Sailor” starred Emmy winners Bebe Neuwirth and Peter Coyote. His second feature, “A Thousand Cuts,” was nominated for a Saturn Award and starred Academy Award nominee Michael O’Keefe. Evered is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama where he studied with director George Roy Hill. Evered is the founder and president of the Charles J. Evered House (CJE House), an arts residency near Joshua Tree National Park named after his father, a World War II veteran. For more information on Charles Evered, go to: www.CharlesEvered.com

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