Twelve-year-old Mew, an aspiring rapper living in Far Rockaway, has discovered a powerful Harlem gang leader owns of one of Tupac’s original notebooks. He and a couple of friends risk their lives to acquire it in this urban picaresque film script by 2015 NJSCA Fellow Kevin Caruso. Directed by Rodney Gilbert.

Date: January 5 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Dreyfuss Theatre on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus – Show In Map
About Kevin Caruso

Kevin Caruso‘s screenplay THE RUT was a Nicholl Fellowship semi-finalist and won the Cinestory Screenwriting Competition. THE RUT won the 2007 Cinestory Screenwriting Competition. Previously, Kevin co-wrote the film I TRIED for CodeBlack Entertainment, featuring hip-hop luminaries BONE THUGS-N-HARMONY. The DVD went platinum, selling over 250 thousand units. His screenplay EXPOSURES OF WAR received the “rare and prestigious” perfect score and the highest monetary award ever from the New Jersey Council of the Arts.  In 2015, his screenplay THE SHOOK ONES earned him another grant through New Jersey. In 2010 his SOUTHLAND spec was the first place winner in the Scriptapalooza TV Competition. Kevin is a graduate of William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ, and the former publicist for HIGH TIMES Magazine. He currently works as a sales manager for a German beer importer, is president of the North Jersey Screenwriters Group and runs the screenwriting competition for the Garden State Film Festival.

He was recently hired by producer Cassian Elwes (LEE DANIEL’S THE BUTLER, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB) to write a thriller to be set in China.

THE BOOK THIEF actress Sophie Nélisse recently attached herself to play the lead in THE RUT.  It’s set to go into production in early 2017.  He is also working on various TV projects. Kevin is managed by Truth Magician Entertainment and represented by lawyer Marios Rush.

About the Soundings Reading Series

About The Soundings Reading Series

The Soundings Reading Series is designed to test fairly well-developed plays in front of an audience. Authors have five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, and a public reading of the play with guided feedback from the audience.

These readings permit Writers Theatre to connect with its community of patrons and artists to:

  1. Gain audience insight into the play
  2. Continue the exposure of the audience to the creative process
  3. Give our audience experiences with diverse narrative forms.

Writers Theatre presents around 10 of these readings per year. Plays presented will be a mix of new submissions and continued relationships with writers whose work has been developed at WTNJ in the past.