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Join us in Brooklyn for our last Live Read of 2018!

Black List Live! presents MORE THAN A FRIEND

Written & Directed by Lauren Collins and Ben Lewis


Charlie Carver (TEEN WOLF)


Sarah Steele (THE GOOD FIGHT)

Shakira Barrera (GLOW)

Maulik Pancholy (30 ROCK)


A twisted romantic comedy about a wannabe romance novelist (Aya Cash) whose failure in love leads her to “Catfish” her gay male coworker (Charlie Carver), taking them on an emotional and sexual rollercoaster that jeopardizes more than just their friendship.

Join us for a night out with your favorite actors as they bring this script to life for the first time ever... and for one night only!

About the real stars of our show... the writers!

Lauren Collins is best known for her portrayal of Paige Michalchuk on the Emmy nominated series, DEGRASSI. Next up, Lauren will be featured in THE HOT ZONE, a mini-series for NatGeo based on the bestselling novel, starring Julianna Margulies and Topher Grace. She recently completed Season 1 of IMPULSE from executive producer Doug Liman and the independent film RUN THIS TOWN starring Ben Platt and Damian Lewis. Also, catch Lauren in the SyFy original film KILLER HIGH airing October 20th.


A three-time CSA and Gemini Award nominee, Lauren began her career at the age of 11 and has starred in dozens of television series and features including THE KROLL SHOW (Comedy Central), THE STRAIN (FX), LIFE WITH DEREK (Disney) and TAKE THE LEAD (Newline) starring Antonio Banderas. She is also known to international audiences as host of MTV’s original hit series, 1 GIRL 5 GAYS.

Ben Lewis wrote, directed and produced the award-winning short film APART FROM EVERYTHING, starring Emmy-winning actor Tatiana Maslany (ORPHAN BLACK). It recently premiered online on OUT.com and as a Short of the Week. His first short film, ZERO RECOGNITION, co-written and produced by and starring Lauren, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick.

His notable acting credits include Edgar Wright’s SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, ARROW, THE HANDMAID'S TALE, INSECURE, DESIGNATED SURVIVOR, SUITS and CHASING LIFE. Recently, he wrote on the Super Deluxe web series THIS WEEK HAD ME LIKE (featuring guests Aubrey Plaza, Alia Shawkat and John Early) and directed his first music video for the band Tom Boy.

1415 Films, Lauren and Ben’s production company, premiered ZERO RECOGNITION at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. It takes a satirical look at fame in Hollywood North and is now available on Vimeo where it was selected as a Staff Pick. 1415 Films' APART FROM EVERYTHING has played over a dozen festivals including Outfest and Newfest in Los Angeles and New York respectively. 

MORE THAN A FRIEND is their first feature screenplay.

Black List Live! is presented by The Black List and Warby Parker.


Nov 08, 2018

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Starring Actors You Know and Love

Unheard Stories. Unforgettable Characters. Unique Writers.

The Black List and Warby Parker invite you to a night out as we bring screenplays to life for the first time ever. Actors you know and love take to the stage to perform these unproduced scripts from the next generation of Hollywood writers—for one night only. 


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THAT KIND OF A WAR by Ben Schwartz

As comedian Bob Hope (Alan Tudyk) arrives to entertain US troops at the outset of the Korean War, the Chinese army invades, leaving Hope and his writers with one big question: What’s funny to guys who just found out they’re in World War 3?

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Since 2016, Warby Parker has been a proud partner of Black List Live! Through their shared commitment to supporting and honoring writers, Warby Parker is thrilled to help The Black List shine a spotlight on up-and-coming creative talent.