Monday, March 16, 2015

CFC Presents an Evening with Academy Award-Winning Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley


Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley on Adaptation and his Creative Process

On the heels of the world premiere announcement of A Woman is a Secret, the new play written by John Patrick Shanley, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), is pleased to present An Evening with Academy Award-Winning Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley on Adaptation and his Creative Process.

Taking place on Monday, March 23, 2015 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, Shanley will take the stage to discuss writing for the screen versus writing for the stage, the challenges associated with adapting work for the screen as both a writer and a director, as well as his experience with casting, working with other directors and producers, and future adaptations of his plays.

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter and director. In 1987, he won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Moonstruck, starring Cher and Nicholas Cage. In 2005, Shanley's play Doubt: A Parable was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. In 2008, Shanley’s film version of Doubt starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and in 2009 the Writers Guild of America awarded him the Lifetime Achievement in Writing.

Shanley’s latest play, A Woman is a Secret, tells the stories of small town oracles who foretell the future, curses of desire and destruction, women haunted by the memory of those they have lost, and men tempted by the promise of those they might possess. Presented by Rip Jaw Productions, A Woman is a Secret plays at The Theatre Centre in Toronto from March 19 through April 5, 2015. Directed by META award-winner Andrew Shaver, the play features live music by Juno-nominated singer/songwriter Matthew Barber as well as talented ensemble cast, including Martha Burns, Molly Flood, CFC Actors Conservatory alumnus Jade Hassouné, Anna Hardwick, Jonathan Higgins, Karen Knox, Tony Nappo, Trent Pardy, Anand Rajaram, Noah Reid and Katie Swift.

What: An Evening with John Patrick Shanley on Adaptation and his Creative Process

Who: John Patrick Shanley, Academy Award-Winning Writer/Director

When: Monday, March 23 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2 | 350 King Street West, Toronto

For more information on A Woman is a Secret, please visit:

Social media links:

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Instagram: cfccreates
A Woman is a Secret: @AWomanIsASecret
John Patrick Shanley: @JohnJpshanley

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Update: this event is apparently invite-only. For media requests, the contact information is as follows:

Cory Angeletti-Szasz
Communications Specialist, CFC
416.445.1446 x463

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