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Words in Action: a panel discussion with playwrights and screenwriters

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST


Playwrights and screenwriters discuss their forms and how the pandemic is affecting their ability to share ideas with the public.
With Dennis Bush, Lori Fischer, Sylva Kelegian, and Maureen Davis.

Dennis Bush-Playwright/screenwriter Dennis Bush’s plays have been performed in New York, and throughout the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, the Philippines, South Africa, and Egypt. His work has received awards at numerous theatre and film festivals. The film of his screenplay Love or Whatever (directed by Rosser Goodman) was a featured selection at film festivals in Barcelona, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Seoul, Aukland, Johannesburg, and Capetown, and at festivals throughout the United States and Canada, prior to its DVD release. He has forty-nine published plays and monologue collections. His plays Asylum…and others, Below the Belt, Drift, and Find Me have had several hundred performances in the United States and around the world.  His short fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in noted literary periodicals. 

Maureen Davis has journeyed from Broadway’s Tony-Winning Cast of “Into the Woods” to major network film/tv songwriting to acting in Hollywood indie films to the rock & roll circus of the Sunset Strip.
She wrote and co-produced the original musical  A Falling Star At Buzzard’s Roost –a Rockabilly Tale of a Microphone, a Meteor, and a Love that Transcends Time. The show featured songs by her band, The Flutterbies. She is the Producer / Developer of STAGE FOR A NEW AGE — a new performance hybrid mixing live radio theatre with film and music. In this age of Covid, she is working with a team comprised of executives from Warner Bros, PBS and Project Snap as well as L.A. theatre & music production experts. Modeled after FDR’s Federal Theatre Project, with the goal of getting creatives back to work.

LORIFISCHER(Playwright/Actress/Professor) received her M.F.A. from the N.Y.U. Dramatic Writing Department. She is a New York University Harry Kondoleon Graduate Award in Playwriting recipient, a Dramatists Guild Fellow, and a member of the Dramatists Guild Foundation’s new playwriting initiative. Lori’s drama Petie has been called a modern-day classic and was recently produced by Theatre East in NYC. Lori wrote and starred in her musical Barbara’s Blue Kitchen at The Adirondack Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and Off-Broadway at the Lamb’s Theatre.

Lori co-wrote and starred in her musical The Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers at Capital Repertory Theatre and the Cumberland County Playhouse.

Screenwriting Credits: 2014 Independent Vision Award Nominee for Outstanding Achievement in Screenwriting for the feature film Chasing Taste. Chasing Taste was the Feature Comedy Award Winner at the 2014 Manhattan Film Festival as well as at the 2013 Burbank International Film Festival.  Lori is an Adjunct Writing Professor at both New York University and Lipscomb University. Lori has performed regionally, Off-Broadway and in various movies and commercials.

Sylva Kelegian is an American Actress, Creator, & Writer. She has appeared Off-Broadway and guest-starred on television dramas such as CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, Southland, Rizzoli & Isles, ER, Cold Case, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, Prison Break, Bones, Without a Trace, and many more. She has starred in independent films, co-starred in Stephen King’s movie of the week, Desperation, and appeared in movies such as Spiderman, Crash, Atlas Shrugged, and Return to Zero. Sylva is the co-creator/writer of BONED, a half-hour Dramedy for TV about Hollywood and the dog rescue world, in which she co-stars, and she’s written two award-winning books, THE DOLPHIN PRINCESS, and GOD SPELLED BACKWARDS: The Journey of an Actress into the World of Dog Rescue. Sylva has rescued and/or found loving homes for over 500 dogs.