Hollyweird Arrives in the Valley

Hollyweird Arrives in the Valley

            The world premier of an original play, Hollyweird, will be staged on the University of Texas-Pan American campus next month at the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre. In this comedy of Hollywood manners, the walk of fame is paved with homicide as a screenwriter and her brother accidentally murder their way to success and stardom.  Peter Mikolasky will direct this production written by David Bennett Carren, which is based on his experiences working as a writer/producer on shows like Star Trek, the Next Generation, Walker, Texas, Ranger, and Diagnosis Murder.

The play focuses on Kelly Friedman, a young woman struggling to survive as a screenwriter in Los Angeles when her brother, Bosco Friedman, arrives at her door. He tells his sister that, after a big fight with their tyrannical Mother, he strangled the woman, hid her body in a refrigerator in their family flower shop in Texas, and fled to LA.  When an unscrupulous producer learns Bosco is a Mother murderer, he offers him a deal he can’t refuse… kill several additional women to provide the material for a sensational film… or go to jail.  Kelly’s efforts to protect her brother from himself — combined with a large dose of strange luck and ridiculous circumstance — will lead them to a colorful and hilarious career in murder and movies. 

“In this piece, I’ve mixed homicide and humor with a healthy dose of family dysfunction and authentic Hollywood shenanigans,” Carren says. “Except for the murders, everything that happens in Hollyweird happened to me during the course of my career. My play is as much a cautionary tale as a memoir. We should always be wary of what we wish for.” 

Hollyweird runs April 23-28, 2013 in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre in the

Communication Arts & Sciences Building (Arts & Humanities ARHU). For information or reservations you may call 956 665-3581 or email Elva Galvan at galvane@utpa.edu.


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