The Dream Catcher
Budget: 10 - 25 million.
Veteran MLB catcher Noland Walker is planning to commit majestic major felonies to return baseball to its astrological, pagan origins, while on the other coast the New York Yankees have discovered a rock-throwing Palestinian with an ungodly fastball and an even better change-up: the Second Coming?
As his near Hall of Fame worthy career comes to a close, catcher Noland Walker experiences a “Gaian” vision in Ghiardelli Square which convinces him it is his destiny made manifest to illustrate for all time the pagan, astrological nature of the country’s national pastime, while in Central Park the New York Yankees have discovered his new battery mate: an undocumented, lost and innocent young man with an unhittable fastball, who will realize his destiny at an All-Star Game when he feels compelled to deliver a Sermon on the Mound. And all hell breaks loose.
T. D. White.
Noland Walker, 35
Alice DeWitt, 32
Budget: 1 - 2 million.
Conniving characters in commedia dell’arte costumes scheming and snooping in downtown Wall Street and Union Square Park right in the middle of our modern work day, illustrating for all that the fundamental things still apply as time goes by.
The CEO (a commedia Pantalone) wants to steal the wedding night of his adopted daughter, but he is craftily and hilariously thwarted by his world-worn weary wary with-it hit song-writing wife (Sofronia). Meanwhile, on Fire Island, surprise terrorists are guilefully outfoxed by the local residents.
Niccolo Macchiaveli.. (1467-1527) Florentine historian, politician, diplomat, and playwright (Il Mandragola). Noted for his treatise, The Prince, in which the rationalizing phrase, “the ends justify the means,” was born (“il fine giustifica I mezzi”).
T. D. White.
Nicomaco, a Pantalone (late 50’s – early 70’s) – a lusty, miserly, successful and selfish old man who insists at any cost but money to get the most of what remains in his life, including the wedding night of his adopted daughter, Clizia.
Sofronia (40’s, early 50’s) – a quick-witted, attractive, successful and creative business woman determined to save her adopted daughter from Nicomaco’s designs.
Cleandro (20’s) – the young lovestruck “hero” figure and son of Nicomaco and Sofronia.
Palamede (20’s -30’s) – insightful companion to Cleandro.
Pirro (30’s) – Nicomaco’s witless, amoral servant slated by his boss to marry Clizia.
Eustachio (30’s, 40’) – a rough, ill-kempt country bumpkin enlisted by Cleandro to compete for Clizia’s hand.
Doria (30’s) – smart servant to family and maid to Clizia.
… and The Staff at The Flamboyant Flamingo Bed and Breakfast:
Boyd – a very serious small gay man
Cyril – a very large rough, tough gay man
Bobby - a funny bald middlin’ gay man
Budget: $500, 000.
“…. This guy walks into a bar …” Surreal saloon drama changes into emergency room farce after a young man visits his long lost uncle. (As Karl Marx so antithetically once said, “History repeats itself. First as tragedy, second as farce.”)
A grizzled Greenwich Village bartender is visited by Frank, the thirty-year-old nephew he hasn’t seen since the boy was five … since his brother’s mysterious passing and his nephew’s subsequent relocation. Frank, the nephew named for his father, wants first-hand information, but his weathered uncle suspects other motives and deals a different set of cards and free admission to another dimension where everything changes, including the characters.
T. D. White. In addition to the screenplays to which this proposal pertains, Mr. White’s credits include the short baseball novel, “The Lady and the Lion,” a play about the healing benefits of drama therapy, “Murder by Word of Mouth,” collections of short pieces entitled “Where the Eastern Mind Meets the Western Word: Musings of a 20th Century Druid” and “Wet Money” … and the short film, “Dinner on the Riviera.”
As a character actor in New York, he has appeared live at many venues that include La Mama e.t.c., The Mint, The Kraine, Irish Arts Center, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City. There’s history in Law and Order, Sex and the City, Conviction, and he is the lead in two films directed by Seamus McNally, The Hypnotist, and the award winning To Paint the Portrait of a Bird, available at the iTunes store (471325881).
B.A., The Humanities, Manhattan College,
B.F.A., Marymound Manhattan College, Acting and Musical Theatre, M.A., The Theatre Arts (acting, writing, directing) Hunter College, CUNY
Murder by Word of Mouth
Budget: 1-2 million.
Can the verbal abuse of a child later result in accidental suicide, “murder by word of mouth?”
In a cityscape, a man of forty has been rebuilding his life after a lifelong bout with chronic family alcoholism. Now healthy, he seeks the guidance of a therapist who uncovers the developmental damage in this man’s early inner city life in Brooklyn … the hidden but powerful effects of traumatic injury … the suspicious death of his brother … all leading to a user-friendly universe and a stirring conclusion.
This film was inspired by a Writers’ Workshop mentored by playwright Christopher Durang and sponsored by the Lila-Acheson Foundation and the Alcoholism Council. It is estimated by some that at least 20% of the people of our country are suffering, most secretly, from the psychological effects of alcoholism and drug dependency in their families of origin (60 million people). We strongly believe this powerful docu-style drama could lead millions of people to alternatives and a more satisfying life. As a play, Murder by Word of Mouth was produced to good effect in 1996 at the Greenwich Street Theater in New York.
T. D. White.
Tom, forty-year-old bartender/writer trying to work out the kinks of a painful past.
Paula Everett, fifty + professional drama therapist and healer
CAST: Andrea Sooch
Will at Work
Budget: 1-2 million.
"Will at Work" speculates upon and explores the unknown inner world of William Shakespeare as he reflects back on his professional life and theatrical work.
In retirement in Stratford-on-Avon, William Shakespeare reflects back on particular periods in his theatrical life after learning of the passing of the woman named Nell, beginning with the takedown of The Theatre on the north side of London and the erection of The Globe in 1599 on the south side.
There, back stage, Will rehearses scenes from his new plays (“Julius Caesar,” “Hamlet,” and “Henry V)” with the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, as Nell looks on and comes to understand the private, inner William Shakespeare as no one else ever has.
T. D. White.
The Lord Chamberlain’s Men:
William Shakespeare, 35
Richard Burbage, 32
John Heminge, 43
Henry Condell, 30
Thomas Pope, elder member
Augustine Phillips, 40’s
Robert Armin, 34
Nell: the homely but observant dresser who feeds and tends to the needs of the troupe.
The Great Pathetic
The everyday adventures of Brad Pucci. The man with the minus touch. "It's not like it was bad luck or nuthin'," his former girl friend Diana says. "It's just Brad."