Seven Weeks in September
by David Paterson
Nichole Donjè, Director
Friday, November 19, 7 pm @ The Players
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After expulsion from his school because of a violent act of vandalism, 17-year-old Bobby Neuman is brought by his mother, Amelia, to stay with his grandfather in Virginia. His grandfather, Walter, is a cantankerous, solitary individual, but allows the boy to stay for Amelia’s sake, since she is starting a new job and needs (by court order) for someone to watch Bobby. Bobby bristles at the thought of being kept at Walters’, but soon finds a friend, confidant and crush in Diana, a young widow living next door. As four weeks stretch into seven, and with the disappearance of Amelia shadowing a similar fate of Bobby’s long-absent father, Walter and Bobby learn to appreciate each other, despite the life choices both have made.
David is a playwright, professional stuntman, and writer/producer of film and television. He is the only playwright in the history of American Theater to premiere three plays on New York stages in one month. His first film, LOVE LUDLOW, based on one of his plays, premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film festival. David has over a dozen plays published through Samuel French Inc. As a filmmaker, his films have premiered at Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, screening at over 100 festivals worldwide. He wrote and produced the Disney hit, THE BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA. His 2015 film, THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS, stars Glenn Close, Octavia Spencer, Kathy Bates and Julia Stiles. David’s latest documentary, the award-winning THE GIRL WHO WORE FREEDOM is currently showing on all Delta Airlines domestic flights.
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For over 20 years I have been honing and combining my skills as an artist. The goal is always to tell a story through visuals, words, and movement. It is an art to draw people in and show them a new way to see things, to think; this is what artists of any genre do.
Theatre, in particular, is by far the most amazing implementation of this concept. Artists work together as a team to tell a story that brings strangers and friends alike into a room to share an experience. We as artists leave exonerated and free, the audience leaves refreshed and charged (or at least they should). It’s both physical & emotional.
I have always been fascinated with the idea of collaboration, both with people and genre to build a community that is willing and excited to ask difficult questions while honoring one another as human beings with respect and honesty. Art is a beautiful and genuine observation of the world and I consider myself a fortunate collaborator.