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SIEG HELL YEAH!

And that is the big news, folks!

“But what does that mean,” you ask? Well, let me explain.

You may remember that my recent spec script, Saving Charlie Chaplin, made it on the Black List last December. That was a huge honor for me, and I felt humbled just being included on the list.

A few weeks ago, the Black List reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested in turning my script into a live event. Uh… yeah? The result of that initial conversation will take place live on stage in Hollywood on June 10th.

Every year, the Black List chooses a handful of scripts from its list and turns them into a live-read event. A live-read is an event where actors are cast in roles, and then, instead of acting out their parts, they do a full read-through of a script in front of an audience. Last year, the Black List produced seven of these events. This year, Saving Charlie Chaplin will be their third event.

What this means, in a practical sense, is that on the evening of June 10th, eight actors and one narrator will take to the stage and read my script out loud to an audience. Since I wrote the script, I will be directing the read/evening.

I also have a say in casting talent, which has been a remarkable journey so far. We already have a couple people cast, but we’ll be officially announcing them as we get closer to June 10th, so be sure to keep checking back for updates.

Trust me when I say this, though: It’s not often that a guy gets to work with both childhood idols and talent he holds in high regard. On June 10th, I will be fortunate enough to do both of those things.

Unfortunately, this event will not be streamed or recorded, so you have to be in Los Angeles to witness this live, one-time event. If you’re able to make it, awesome. If not, I totally understand.

For those of you who are interested, here are the details:

The Black List & Warby Parker
present
Black List Live!

Saving Charlie Chaplin
Written & Directed by Justin Shady

Saturday, June 10th, 2017 @ 8PM
The Montalban Theater
1615 Vine Street, Hollywood

You can reserve your tickets here.

Learn more about the Black List and their live events here, more about the Montalban Theater here, and more about Warby Parker here.

There will be a ton of updates in the next couple weeks—cast announcements, poster reveal, etc.—so be sure to keep checking back.

Until then,

-Shady

So mysterious!

…in a few days, so stay tuned!

More excited than the Pointer Sisters,

-Shady

"Backstory": Issue 25

…by Backstory magazine.

While most of the piece is about my most recent spec script—Saving Charlie Chaplin—making last year’s Black List, the article also dips into how I got into this insane industry in the first place, as well as mentioning some upcoming projects.

Backstory is an iPad-exclusive magazine, so you’ll first need to download their app. Then, you’ll need to purchase Issue 25 (the one with Jackie on the cover) and look for the feature Blacklist Tales: Saving Charlie Chaplin.

You’ll know you’re in the right place if you see this big scary mug staring at you:

"Blacklist Tales: Saving Charlie Chaplin"

Thanks to Backstory and Danny Munso for the awesome opportunity.

Already started on my new spec,

-Shady

The Black List 2016

Last week, I mentioned how humbled and honored I was that my newest script, Saving Charlie Chaplin, had made it onto this year’s The Hit List.

This morning, things got even better when I found out that Chaplin had also made it onto 2016’s The Black List. To make matters even more awesome, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris officially made the announcement on Twitter.

Again, I can’t express how much this means to me, and I’m so thankful for all of the love, encouragement, and support.

Guess I better get started on a new script now, huh?

Learn more about The Black List (and see the entire list) here.

2017 is the year,

-Shady