Since it opened in August 2013, Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson has brought lots of fun ideas centered on movie screenings. But the latest creation takes the movie off the screen and into the theater.
Inspired by similar events organized by writer/director Jason Reitman, the Dallas Screenwriters Association is starting a new series at Alamo called ScriptsLIVE!, in which local actors read scripts from classic movies live and in person. The first in the series is Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally on February 12.
Of course, if they were just reading the scripts, that would be pretty boring. Instead, the eight actors — Cooper Harris, Bryan Massey, Adam Litwin, Sarah Adams, Giovannie Cruz, Chase Austin, Elizabeth Dukes Melancon and Troy Randal Smith — deliver performances true to the spirit of the original film, minus all the sets, props and other accouterment.
And with a script full of memorable moments like Harry and Sally driving to New York, Sally faking an orgasm in a deli, Harry teaching Sally the proper way to say "pecan pie" or, naturally, the romantic ending on New Year's Eve, the event is sure to be a blast.
The Dallas Screenwriters Association hopes that this and future ScriptsLIVE! events will educate people about the art of screenwriting. The visual element of film can sometimes distract from the dialogue, so these events will highlight the great work screenwriters do.
Another script reading will be presented every other month, with upcoming installments expected to include Toy Story, Groundhog Day, Back to the Future and more. All ScriptsLIVE! events will be free and take place on the second Wednesday of the month. Reservations can made through the Alamo website.