December 3, 2012 Ken Davenport of Davenport Theatrical Enterprises presented a reading of the new play "Schooled" written by Lisa Lewis and directed by Jules Ochoa, as part of the Davenport Developmental Reading Series at The Davenport Studios @ 250 West 49th Street SUite 304 in New York City. "Schooled" stars Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Playwrights Horizon’s Circle Mirror Transformation), Sarah Steele (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3’s Slowgirl), Harry Zittel (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3’s All-American) and Zoë Winters (Lincoln Center Theatre/LCT3’s 4000 Miles).
"Schooled" by Lisa Lewis explores the widening chasm between privilege, economic class and the opportunities for success. Two students vie for a competitive grant from their roguish professor in a taut threesome that tests their romantic relationship and their ethics. A biting drama with surprising humor, Schooled is an examination of the lies we tell ourselves, and the truths we refuse to believe.
A New York Times-published essayist and acclaimed storyteller, Lisa Lewis’ plays have been developed by Naked Angels Tuesdays@9, The New Ohio Theatre, New Helvetia Theatre and The Eureka Project. Her essays and profiles have appeared in The New York Times, ELLE Magazine, Kirkus Reviews and New York Press. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Dramatic Writing Program, Lewis spent six years writing script coverage and development notes for New Line Cinema, Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal at Tribeca Film, and The Weinstein Company. For more info visit http://www.LisaLewisWriting.com.
Peter Friedman is a Tony Award nominee and Obie and Drama Desk Award winner for Ragtime on Broadway, and Circle Mirror Transformation and The Heidi Chronicles both at Playwrights Horizons. He has appeared in Amy Herzog’s After the Revolution, and The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World (both Playwrights Horizons), Annie Baker’s Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep) and Body Awareness (Atlantic), Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit (Drama Desk nomination) and the Broadway revival of Twelve Angry Men.
Sarah Steele has appeared at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 in Greg Pierce’s Slowgirl and Julia Brownell’s All-American. Other New York credits include Stephen Karam’s Speech & Debate (Roundabout Underground), Erika Shaffer’s Russian Transport and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with Cynthia Nixon (both The New Group). Her films include Please Give with Catherine Keener, Spanglish with Adam Sandler and Margaret with Matt Damon.
Harry Zittel’s theatre credits include Julia Brownell’s All-American at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 and Paul Weitz’s Privilege at Second Stage. His film credits include The Virginity Hit, Taking Woodstock, The Bounty Hunter, Stephanie Daley and Spinning Into Butter.
Zoë Winters was seen at Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3 in Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, Love Song (59E59) and Hater (Ohio Theatre). Her regional credits include Half ‘n Half ‘n Half (Merrimack Rep), The Importance of Being Earnest (Papermill Playhouse) and The Imaginary Invalid (Seattle Rep).
Jules Ochoa’s directing credits include Frank Tangredi’s Lifeline, Joel Fields’ How I Fell in Love (AB*IE Award for Outstanding Direction) and Jan Buttram’s Phantom Killer all for the Abingdon Theatre Company. He has also directed at HERE Arts Center, HB Playwrights, Stamford Center for the Arts and Theatre Four. Upcoming projects include Small Fish, a musical by Susan Vitucci and Henry Krieger. He is the Creative Development Director for Michael Filerman Productions.
Ken Davenport of Davenport Theatricals is a Broadway producer whose credits include Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell’s You’re Welcome America, Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, and 13, as well as Altar Boyz, My First Time, The Awesome 80s Prom and Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage. Current projects include bringing the first ever revival of A Few Good Men to Broadway and adapting the novel and film Somewhere in Time into a Broadway musical. For more info visit http://www.DavenportTheatrical.com.
Schooled was developed at New Helvetia Theatre’s Sacramento New Works Festival with director Matthew Schneider.
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