Charles Evered to direct film version of his play
By Sandra Baltazar Martinez on September 21, 2017
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Charles Evered, professor of playwriting and founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside. ucr
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Charles Evered, professor of playwriting and founding artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Film and Digital Production at the University of California, Riverside, will write and direct the film adaptation of his play “Class.” The adaptation will star Luke Perry, best known for his role in the original “Beverly Hills, 90210” franchise, as well as the current CW Television Network hit “Riverdale.”
Perry’s credits include films such as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “The Fifth Element,” as well as TV shows “Hot in Cleveland” and “Oz,” among other projects.
Production will begin in 2018 in Los Angeles and New York City.
Producers include Kim Waltrip, (“Hit & Run,” “Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby”), Derek Zemrak, (“King Cobra,” “Nosferatu”), Jacqueline Figueiredo, a producer on Evered’s film “Out,” which premiered at festivals in 2014. Executive producers include Kathleen Marshall LaGambina (Garry Marshall’s Falcon Theater) and Heather Hall (“Valentine’s Day,” “New Year’s Eve”).
“Class” tells the story of Sarah, a young Hollywood starlet seeking lessons from Elliot (Perry), a veteran acting teacher in New York City. In the course of their work together, they learn more about themselves than the craft — and in doing so change each other’s lives forever.
Evered describes himself as “thrilled” to finally be working with Perry, who has been a friend for decades. “Luke and I have been trying to find something to work on for more than 20 years, and ‘Class’ is the perfect vehicle. Like Elliot, the character he’ll play, Luke is funny, engaging, complicated, dark and beyond all that, charming. And he’s a darn …