BUZZ: March 2015  

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"Backbone" -- René Balcer's collaboration with Chinese artist Xu Bing -- will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from December 20, 2014, to July 26, 2015. The work, a multi-media installation featuring blues artists Captain Luke and Big Ron Hunter, is an epic poem in praise of the black women who worked the tobacco fields of Virginia. On view at the Hammer Building, level 2 as part of the retrospective "The Language of Xu Bing", the exhibition is included in general admission. LACMA: 5905 Wilshire Ave., Los Angeles 90036

Samuel French is publishing three more plays this spring by Sam Bobrick: two comedies, Lunch With Mrs. Baskin and It's Only Murder, and drama Fixing Gwen. It's Only Murder was performed last year at a WGAW Seasoned Readings event. His latest play Glitch will be read for Seasoned Readings at the WGAW on Monday, March 30.

Stanley Dyrector’s new one act play Ira and Max, which starred Ed Asner at the Reuben Cordova "Theatre 40" in Beverly Hills, is now available on pre-order via One Act Play Depot. Max (originally portrayed by Asner) is a successful, eccentric, feisty, “old school” screenwriter. Max’s health issues prompt him to hire an assistant. Enter Ira, a young, unemployed, hungry actor. The clash of aging, jaded Max and cocky Brooklynite Ira is a recipe for disaster.

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Devra Māza's feature story "The Adaptation Game: Playing with Fifty Shades of Sex for Film" has been published by The Huffington Post. The inventive article suggests sensuous ways in which the graphic sex in the book Fifty Shades of Grey might be adapted for film within the framework of an R rating. The playful analysis, which is decorated by a collection of photos from the movie, urges writers to tap into all of their senses when adapting erotic novels from page to screen. Originally posted on the Valentine's weekend Entertainment page prior to the film's release, the article encourages readers to imagine how they would envision the sex scenes in a seductively cinematic way, and then compare their own steamy versions with the film, or just share them with someone they love. For more of Devra and links to her articles, visit or follow her on Twitter @devramaza.

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.


WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.