R168A. Adaptation in Three Acts: Adventures in Adapting Material for Scripts

Room 209ABC, Washington Convention Center, Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Authors of multiple books who have segued into professionally produced script projects share samples of their adapted works and discuss with a playwright different forms of adaptation, including adapting a book for film or stage and adapting another author's work. Adaptation is an adventure. From collaborating on a successful 2016 Indie feature film to premiering work at a local theater, the authors cover a range of stories and strategies and offer film clips plus mini-performances.


Elizabeth Searle is the author of We Got Him, a novel, and four prior books: My Body to You, A Four-Sided Bed, Celebrities in Disgrace, Girl Held in Home. Her theater work Tonya & Nancy: The Rock Opera, drew national media and has run in New York, Boston, and in Chicago. She teaches at Stonecoast MFA.

David Shields is the internationally bestselling author of twenty books, including Reality Hunger, The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead and Black Planet. Other People: Takes & Mistakes is forthcoming. His work has been translated into twenty languages.

Suzanne Strempek Shea is the author of eleven books including This Is Paradise, about a medical clinic in Malawi. She teaches at the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast MFA program and is writer in residence/director of the creative writing program at Bay Path University in Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

Danny Eaton, playwright, is the founder and producing director for the Majestic Theater in West Springfield, Massachusetts. The Majestic is a full time, year-round professional theater. He is a Marine Corps Veteran, a graduate of Amherst College and Wesleyan University (MA in playwriting).


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside