- May 13, 2018 - PHELIM MCALEER (investigative journalist/filmmaker) and MAUREEN HUSKEY (playwright)
- PHELIM MCALEER, veteran investigative journalist and filmmaker, is our featured guest this Sunday night! He is the author of "Gosnell - The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer," published by Regnery. His "Gosnell" movie was the most successful movie project ever on Indiegogo. It raised $2.3 million in just 45 days. "Gosnell" is a ripped from the headlines story about a respected doctor who ran a medical clinic in an impoverished Philadelphia neighborhood. But behind the doors of his clinic the smiling, avuncular Kermit Gosnell was also America's most prolific serial killer. PHELIM caused a storm when his play "Ferguson," about the police shooting of Michael Brown,was staged in Los Angeles. Although the play was based entirely on verbatim transcripts of eyewitness testimony to the Grand Jury actors objected to the script and nine of the 13 cast walked out before opening night. They were upset that the eyewitness testimony did not match their idea of how the shooting actually happened. Alternative newspaper LA Weekly said "Ferguson" was "divisive, but riveting" and "an incendiary night of theatre". Now, his new play "The $18-Billion Prize" - about the shocking and at times farcical tale of how an environmental lawsuit turned into the world's biggest fraud - has its world premiere of May 19 at the Phoenix Theatre in San Francisco, where performances continue through June 3. A "verbatim theater production," the play is based on a true story and the trial and deposition transcripts from the court case "Donziger v.Chevron Corp." The claim: the Amazonian rain forest has been polluted by evil oil giant Chevron. But all is not what it seems. Stories of sex-obsessed Hollywood celebrities let loose in the jungle and the private diaries of the lead attorney submitted into evidence are just some of the plot twists in this wild and crazy tale. Also dropping by the show this Sunday night is MAUREEN HUSKEY, playwright. Her work has been presented in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Vienna, Austria, Vancouver, and Los Angeles. She has received a Princess Grace Award, a Bessie Award, and NAACP OVATION nominations for her directing work. She's been awarded by the Creative Capital Foundation and Voice & Vision’s ENVISION award for women theater artists (NYC), among others. MAUREEN co-founded Red Dive, a vanguard company in the site-specific and immersive theater movement in NYC which she directed until 2006. She holds a Diploma in Dramatic Playwriting with Merit from the University of Kent at Canterbury, England as a Rotary Scholar and an MFA in Theater Direction from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).
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