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Work in Progress Private Table Reads Series

The “Work in Progress” table reads are a new series designed to allow working screenwriters to privately workshop in-progress original material with the benefit of hearing it performed by professional actors for an invite-only audience of their choice and at no cost to them. 

These are closed, private readings done to help a writer hear and see their work come to life as part of their refinement process or for adding energy to their marketing efforts. No guests are allowed apart from those invited by the writer.

“The Black List has always been about highlighting and supporting ambitious storytelling, and this is a particularly exciting platform where we’ll do it,” said Black List founder Franklin Leonard. “Workshopping a script-in-progress is a great way for the writer to hear what works and what might not, and for actors to stretch their muscles and play around with different characters that they may not typically have the opportunity to play.”

The readings will be cast and co-produced by Shaan Sharma, SAG-AFTRA LA Local Board Member.

Events will be hosted at the WGA Library on Monday afternoons and evenings throughout the year. The reading will be followed by a discussion led by the writer for feedback and their benefit. The entire event will run for approximately 2 1⁄2 to 3 hours.

The Black List is currently accepting submissions for the Works in Progress series. Scripts should be that which the writer has an eagerness to workshop with an eye toward an immediate rewrite. Anyone interested in submitting their script for a potential table read can do so by opting in on the Black List website.