Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright David Auburn will be the featured guest at the inaugural Stage to Screen series.
Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright David Auburn will be the featured guest at the inaugural Stage to Screen series.

Pulitzer and Tony Award winning playwright David Auburn will be the featured guest at the inaugural Stage to Screen series later this month.

[pullquote]”He has fascinating insight into what it’s like making that leap from page, to stage, to screen.” – co-producer Katherine Brodsky on the choice of David Auburn as the first guest in the Stage to Screen series.[/pullquote]For the first guest in this newly launched series designed as a blend of theatre and cinema in an “intimate one-of-a-kind experience”, Katherine Brodsky says she and co-producer Aaron Craven were looking for someone with experience in both fields.

“David is a well-known playwright, but he also wrote several screenplays,” says Brodsky. “He has directed plays, as well as his own movie, The Girl in the Park and he has fascinating insight into what it’s like making that leap from page, to stage, to screen.”

Having never visited Vancouver, Brodsky says Auburn was excited to sign-on to the project.  “Part of the appeal was coming to this city for the very first time and connecting with the local creative community here.”

Best known for his 2000 play Proof, which won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2001, Auburn also wrote the screenplay for its 2005 film adaptationas well as writing and directing the 2006 romantic drama, The Lake House, which will screen as part of the evening.

After the film, Auburn will participate in a Q&A, followed by a staged reading of Proof, featuring Vancouver actors Meg Roe, Kayvon Kelly, Loretta Walsh and Tom McBeath.

“Performing in Proof was one of the first professional jobs I had, and it was a hugely influential experience for me,” says Roe of the opportunity to perform with the playwright in attendance. “What a treat to revisit it all these years later, and in such great company.”

Following the play reading, the audience will learn of Auburn’s experiences in the theatre and his road to writing a Pulitzer-award winning play in an intimate “in conversation” session moderated by Tom Scholte. The evening concludes with a reception.

The first in a planned bi-annual series, Brodsky calls the Stage to Screen a project of passion and while she isn’t quite ready to announce their next guest, she does hint that it just may be an owner of both a Pulitzer and an Oscar.

Stage to Screen with David Auburn takes place Saturday, April 26 at Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St).  Tickets are available online and include admission to the full event, starting at 3:00pm and ending at approximately 10:30pm (with a 1 ½ hour dinner break).