Sunday, July 8, 2007

Radio Free Albemuth Live... and Free!

Dick-head John Alan Simon sent me a heads up about a live reading of his film script for Radio Free Albemuth happening tomorrow. Simon writes:

"For any of you in the Los Angeles area -

We're having a reading of my film script for Radio Free Albemuth (a.k.a. Valisystem "A") on Monday at 7:45 pm at Pacific Resident Theatre located at 705 1/2 Venice Blvd - three blocks west of Lincoln.

No props, no sets, just music stands for the actors with a narrator reading necessary setting and action passages.

Plenty of free street parking and in the lot behind the theatre.

This is a rare chance to hear a group of very talented actors give voice to a new adaptation of one of Dick's most personal and prophetic works.
As I'm sure many of you know, RFA has also been performed in the past as a stage play. Our reading is of a new screenplay for a possibly upcoming movie. (more on that later, hopefully).

No admission fee. But it is essential you r.s.v.p. to me at to be placed on the list. - Please let me know if you would like to bring guest or guests. I will send you confirmation.

Please include your phone #.

Also, if you're in the film business, please let me know in what capacity. It's not a disqualifier, but I may want to speak to you about confidentiality - since this script is still a work-in-progress."

I wish I could make it John, and for you LA Dick-heads (rumor is there's a lot of you) check this out! By the way, for those of you who think you may not be able to capture a Dick story with just dialog, check out this letter PKD wrote some 16-year-old girl about writing in 1982:

Read the four page letter dated February 2, 1982 here.

In it he says good dialog is the heart of the story and too many authors over-describe things when they should be using dialog to push the story forward.


Anonymous said...

Was the reading recorded? I'd love to hear it if it was. Just finished reading RFA, coincidentally, so I'm really interested to hear how its fared as a script.

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