Desperate Writers by Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber

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Union Square Theatre, NYC, 2011
Photo: Carol Rosegg

Comedy/ 23 characters, can be played by 5 Men, 5 Women/ One Act, 80 minutes

Synopsis: A couple of desperate writers, with the baby clock ticking and their home about to be sold out from under them, are driven to desperate measures to get their script read, bought and made in this hilarious, fast-paced, screwball comedy, that pokes fun at the crazy film biz. An 80-minute laugh-out-loud riot.

“Hysterical comedy! Clever! Witty! . . . A great script with sharp-fire dialogue . . . a definite must see again and again!”
– Entertainment Today

“A delightfully scathing send up!”
– LA Times

“Situation comedy at its best!”
– Socalonline

“It’s a GO! This demented farce should be catnip for those who love Hollywood in-jokes . . .” – LA Weekly

CRITIC’S PICK! “It is a wild, hilarious ride, side-splitting screwball comedy . . . . Not to be missed and our Critic’s Pick!”
– Kaleidoscope Radio

Desperate Writers

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Contact information: Amateur and professional rights:
Catherine Schreiber Productions
1067 Fifth Avenue, Apt. 5
New York, New York 10128
Ph.: (212) 828-6867 


Desperate Writers



About the Playwright: A Tony-winning Producer for Clybourne Park, Catherine Schreiber has been writing many years by herself and with her partner, Joshua Grenrock. On her own, she has written many screenplays and television treatments which were optioned by Kings Road, Rastar, Propaganda Films and with Thom Mount, among others. She has written several “Divorce Courts” and co-created a mini-series on Stalin which was developed at CBS. As a producer, Catherine has been nominated for four Tonys, won the Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award as the Lead Producer for The Scottsboro Boys in London which was nominated for seven Oliviers. She is a producer currently on Fiddler on the Roof as well as China Doll with Al Pacino. Past shows include Peter and the Starcatcher, The Scottsboro Boys, Stick Fly, Next Fall, and The Anarchist on Broadway, The King’s Speech in London, and Boy from Oz in Peru.

Catherine and her partner, Joshua Grenrock, have completed over nine feature scripts and many TV treatments. Their scripts have been optioned/developed by Ian Sanders, Disney, David Ladd, Thom Mount, Rastar, Avenue Pictures, and Kate Hudson’s Cosmic Entertainment among others. They had a series optioned with Steve Cannell which was put into development at CBS.Finalists in the Chesterfield Writer’s Competition for DNA Dad and Hoppily Ever After, two family movies. Semi finalists in the 2007 American Screenwriters’ Association Film Competition and second round finalists in the 2007 Slamdance Writing Competition for Desperate Writers.

Desperate Writers was first produced at the Edgemar Theatre, Santa Monica in 2007 and 2008, and Off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre, NYC, in 2011.