Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Eric Anderson left a comment on the review of August: Osage County that I wrote in November. He's a graphic designer and marketing specialist in Chicago, as well as a screenwriter. Among his current projects is a feature film, Ink, adapted with director Scott Smith from the book Rumor Has It by Chicago newspaperman Charles Dickinson.
If you've seen August: Osage County you know what an amazing performance Deanna Dunagan gives as pill-popping, acid-tongued matriarch Violet Weston, pictured above. And you've been enthralled by playwright Tracy Letts' terrific dialogue. Well, here's a chance to see Dunagan and Letts in another project - this time, in Smith and Anderson's film. They're joined in a short clip by fellow Steppenwolf ensemble member Jim True-Frost.
Here's the comment Anderson left: "Just prior to the play's opening at Steppenwolf in Chicago, I had the opportunity as the writer of an independent film to work with both Tracy Letts and Deanna Dunagan on a few scenes from the film. Deanna plays Muff Greene, the head of editorial for a failing newspaper, and Tracy plays Jack Derringer, the paper's publisher. Jim True-Frost fills out the cast as Danny Fain, a reporter who decides to turn a tragedy into a news story for his own benefit."
A clip from the movie is available at Fulton Market Films. Just click on the directors link, then click on Scott Smith's name, and look for "feature film excerpt - Ink" on the right-hand side.
I enjoyed getting a small taste of what Dunagan would be like in another role. And while I've heard that Letts is a great actor as well as a great writer, I'd never seen him act, expect for a few lines in a Seinfeld episode. So it was really interesting to watch them, along with another member of the incredibly talented Steppenwolf troupe. I hope someday I'll get to see the completed version.