My People: WGAE Screenplay Reading

WGAE Screenplay Reading January 9, 2013

WGAE’s Screenplay Reading Series continues at the Players Club at 7:00 p.m. on January 9, 2013, with the following selections:

  • MY PEOPLE, written by DAVID TAYLOR and JIM MCGRATH. Based on the book Soul of a People, by David A. Taylor.
    For three young people, the job of reporting on America during the crisis of the century helped them discover who they were and put two on the path to fame. It also put them in the sights of a Congressional witch hunt.
  • THE PAINTING, written by MARYGRACE O’SHEA. Based on her play.
    When an art restorer volunteers to clean a portrait she finds in her in-laws attic, she uncovers a secret that unravels her marriage, entangles her in a ring of art traffickers, and overturns history as we know it.


David A. Taylor has written for documentaries on PBS, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic. He was lead writer and co-producer of Soul of A People: Writing America’s Story, nominated for a 2010 Writer’s Guild Award, and author of the book Soul of a People (Wiley). His other books include Ginseng, The Divine Root (Algonquin) and a fiction collection, Success: Stories. He lives in Washington, DC.

Jim McGrath, a playwright and Hollywood writer, has written for the TV series Simon & Simon, Matlock, Mike Hammer, and The Father Dowling Mysteries. In 1996, Jim won the Ovation Award for his play, The Ellis Jump. His 2005 movie Silver Bells starred Anne Heche.

Marygrace O’Shea is a film and television writer living in New York. She has written for Law and Order Criminal Intent and SVU. Her pilot Golden Parachutes was optioned by FTVS.  She received an MFA from Columbia University in screenwriting. While living and working in Rome and Florence, she developed The Painting after becoming interested in the story of Guilia de Medici and the Pontormo Portrait of Maria Salviati and Child—a portrait which is currently the focus of this fall’s exhibit, Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe, at the Walters Museum of Art in Baltimore. She has just completed her latest pilot, School.

Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo was born in Warsaw and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she was honored with the prestigious Wasserman Award for directing. Filmmaker Magazine named Agnieszka as one of ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’. She was also the focus of a CNN Headline News profile titled ‘A Director With Promise’. She is currently casting her next film, Magnitude 9, to go into production in 2013.

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