Public Reading with Cast and Screenwriter Jon Levenson
Monday, August 13 | 6 PM | FREE
Starring Nick Westrate (AMC’s Turn: Washington Spies) Larry Pine (Blue Bloods, The Good Wife), Emma Myles (Orange Is The New Black), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton on Broadway), Tony Nominee Michelle Wilson (Sweat), Justice Quiroz (PBS-Pinkalicious & Peteriffic), and Lucy Owen (Miss Sloane)
Join us for phase one of the new series The Art of the Process, where we will follow the making of a feature film by Los Angeles screenwriter Jon Levenson, which is set to be filmed in Hampton Bays. One of the first steps in getting a film produced is the reading of the script to entice potential investors. Once phase one is a success, we will follow Jon and his team along the way with programs that will relate to various pertinent phases of the film making process, culminating with a public launch party screening of the final product!
Wine Reception and Meet & Greet to follow.
About Someone Will Assist You Shortly
Taking place in Hampton Bays, the story centers around Eli (Nick Westrate), a gay hospice nurse who returns home to care for his dying father, Kenneth (Larry Pine). Eli is forced to crawl back into the closet to make things work with his racist and homophobic father who blames his kids for the death of his wife.
SOMEONE WILL ASSIST YOU SHORTLY will launch Southampton Art Center’s new program series “The Art of the Process” where the audience will have the opportunity to follow the creative process of a project from start to finish, in this case checking in with special programs related to the progress of the making of this film.
“This screenplay is the culmination of a lifetime of thinking about family and the role it plays in how we become who we are. We live with certain beliefs about what we deserve. So many of these are based on where we come from and the hand we were dealt. But at some point, it’s constructive to ditch that hand. Maybe hold onto the most important card and build a new set of better beliefs.” said screenwriter Jon Levenson. “I am thrilled to share this never before seen story with the community of Southampton and grateful to the wildly talented actors who are so generously sharing their time to help make this film happen.”
Nick Westrate (Eli Shields) just ended his run as a series regular on AMC’s Turn: Washington’s Spies, filming three seasons as Quaker spy and tavern owner, Robert Townsend. He was recently seen opposite Meryl Streep in Ricki and the Flash directed by Jonathan Demme. He starred in the indie feature, Future ’38 opposite Betty Gilpin and was featured in the films Care opposite Rachel Brosnahan, and Beach Pillows opposite Geoffrey Arend. On television, he currently recurs on Amazon’s The Tick, and has appeared in HBO’s Mildred Pierce, CBS’s Blue Bloods and Person of Interest, and ABC’s Quantico. On stage in New York, he has appeared in Casa Valentina and A Moon for the Misbegotten on Broadway and Off-Broadway in Tribes at the Barrow Street Theater, Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Public, Ivo van Hove’s production of The Little Foxes at NYTW, and recently in Anna Zeigler’s A Delicate Ship. He is a 2012 Drama Desk Award winner, a 2010 Drama Desk nominee, and a Juilliard graduate.
Larry Pine (Kenneth Shields) Film & TV—-Succession, Gotham, The Mole, An Actor Prepares, Beirut, Isle of Dogs, Freak Show, The Grand Budapest Hotel, House of Cards, Madam Secretary, Blue Bloods, Good Wife, Chicago Med, Hostages, Moonrise Kingdom, Vanya on 42nd street, Jimmy P., A Master Builder, Oz, Melinda Melinda, Outsourced, Empire Falls, Royal Tenenbaums, Dead Man Walking, Celebrity, Sunday, One life to live, All My Children. Stage— Rodgers after Hammerstein, Buried Child, Billy and Ray, Casa Valentina, An Unpublished Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, The Royal Family, Angels in America, Stuff Happens, Bus Stop, The Designated Mourner, Alice in Wonderland, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Aunt Dan and Lemon, The Taming of the Shrew, Carol Mulruney, Kreutzer Sonata—to name a few.
Emma Myles (Rox Shields) Television: Orange is the New Black (3-Time SAG Award Winner), Law & Order: SVU, Odd Mom Out, How To Make It In America, Conviction, Law & Order. Film: Dick Sisters, Happy Yummy Chicken, Child of Grace, Please Give, The Beverages, Spinning Into Butter. Theater: Necessary Targets, People Are Living There, The Vagina Monologues, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Our Town. Education: William Esper Studio and U.C.S.B.
Javier Muñoz (Matt Ailer) can be seen in the hit Freeform series, Shadowhunters. He recently starred as the title role in the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning smash Hamilton on Broadway. When creator Lin Manuel Miranda began writing the cultural phenomenon, Muñoz was an active part of the musical’s early development and creation. They developed the role of Alexander Hamilton together, and Muñoz served as Miranda’s alternate at the Public Theater Off-Broadway debut in 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement before inheriting the role full time in July. Prior to Hamilton, Muñoz served as Miranda’s understudy in the role of Usnavi in the Tony-winning hit In the Heights, which he later assumed full time upon Miranda’s departure. Muñoz’s previous theater credits include The Porch (Ziad) at Altered Stages; Venice (Venice) at Center Theatre Group; Two Gentlemen of Verona (a rock opera) (Proteus) at Shakespeare Theatre of DC; Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Richard III (Dorset) and Into The Woods (The Baker). Earlier this year, Muñoz was honored with the prestigious OUT100 “Breakout of the Year” award, as well as the Howard Ashman Award by the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC).
Michelle Wilson (Ray Storer) is currently in the New York Theater Workshop’s critically acclaimed production of The House That Will Not Stand by Marcus Gardley. Michelle is best known for her Tony-nominated performance in the Pulitzer-Prize winning play Sweat. Wilson played long-time factory worker Cynthia, a role she originated off-Broadway at the Public Theatre before the show transitioned to Broadway with incredible reviews. In 2017, Sweat received three Tony Award nominations including Best Play, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role for Wilson. Wilson’s other notable theater credits include A Raisin in the Sun, Detroit ’67, Follow Me to Nellie’s, Fahrenheit 451, Two Trains Running, The People Before the Park and more. Wilson also had memorable turns on the small screen in The Good Fight, Blue Bloods, and E.R., as well as in indie films Nehemiah, Sink, and The Bicycle. Wilson can be seen next in the indie film The True Adventures of Wolfboy alongside Jaeden Lieberher and John Turturro. The film is currently in production.
Justice Quiroz (Toby Shields) Eleven-year-old Justice Quiroz is of Dominican and Spanish descent and has three sisters and an older brother. He loves to dance and has been doing so since he was two. At that age, he told his mom, “I like when people look at me”. Justice is fluent in Spanish and has performed at Baruch College, the Symphony Theater, and worked on an MLB 2017 postseason commercial, not to mention several other commercials. He’s appeared in Exposed, Deception, and Billions and is currently working on PBS-Pinkalicious & Peteriffic animation, as Rafael. Justice is very passionate about acting and hopes to walk the Red Carpet one day.
Lee Aaron Rosen (Additional Characters/Stage Direction) Broadway: Angels in America, Cabaret. US Tour of Indian Ink and The Normal Heart with Roundabout Theatre Company.
ABOUT THE SCREENWRITER/DIRECTOR
Actor-turned-writer/director, Jon Levenson was in the 40th Anniversary Revival of The Boys in the Band (off-Broadway) and was Joe Mantello’s standby for The Normal Heart. He’s been living in LA for several years working his way through the ranks with several scripts to his name (Ma’s Guns, The Silence, At a Loss). Previously, he worked with Academy Award nominee, Dana Adam Shapiro (Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders) and Gregory Stern at The Treat Shop (Legend of Cambria). When the Navy took his brother-in-law overseas, Levenson came home to do some hardcore uncle-ing. It was during this time he fell for writing. He received his first M.F.A. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and his second in Screenwriting at University of California, Riverside. Levenson and his husband, Stephen Boyett, are the Executive Producers of wordking LLC.
Sponsored by Dan's Papers Michael Paraskevas has illustrated and written 24 children’s books over the years with his mother, Betty. The two created and wrote the animated television series Maggie and the Ferocious Beast for Nickelodeon that went on to win a Gemini Award for Best Animated Series. Two more of the team’s books were also made into animated series: Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse for PBS and Kids from Room 402 for Fox Family. In addition, Mickey has worked for most major magazines including Sports Illustrated, Time, Town & Country, New York Magazine and Rolling Stone, to name but a few. Dan’s Papers has proudly used over 100 paintings of Michael’s covers over the past 30 years along with thousands of cartoons and comics.
After a successful debut in May, Southampton Arts Center will once again present the popular Raconteurs Storytelling Evening, this time with the theme of “Secrets”. Each participant will tell a true story about a secret of their own. These short and sweet tales are sure to make you laugh and cry. September Raconteurs include Marissa Fallon Friedes, Sima Freierman, Allan Kronzek, Greg Monske, Mickey Paraskevas, Stefanie Sacks, and Brenda Simmons. Sponsored by Patricia A. Sanders.