Posted at 3:20 PM on February 20, 2008
by Euan Kerr
Robb Mitchell over at Screenlabs was pretty darn excited about "Tuscaloosa," when I talked to him this morning. He had been at a run-through for the reading of Phil Harder's script and he was raving about the Sam Rosen and Nicole Vicius, who play the lead roles in the read-through.
"They kind of blew the windows off the rehearsal room last night," he says. "And we have live music from the guys who do the Electric Arc Radio show. We still want people to know it's a staged script, hand-held reading, but we like to play with the format a little bit."
The Screenlabs Scriptnight events are held at the Guthrie Theater, and offer a chance to hear new work in development. Phil Harder is a veteran of the local media scene, having written and produced award-winning commercials and music videos with his firm Harder + Fuller. "Tuscaloosa" is based on the novel by W. Glasgow Phillip. It tells the story of what happens when a young man, working for his father in an Alabama mental institution falls in love with a young, beautiful, and possibly crazy woman he meets there.
The project is being produced by another Twin Cities film veteran, Christine Walker.
The Tuscaloosa Scriptnight is 7.30 pm Thursday at the Guthrie Theater.