I Was A Teenage B-Movie King
The Project :
A reading of I Was A Teenage B-Movie King: A Roger Corman style Homage to Roger Corman
presented by The Etheral Mutt, Ltd. & AJ Epstein
The Pitch :
Hollywood, 1959. An era of great change. The feds have broken the big studio monopolies, and an entirely new way of making movies begins to emerge. This is the birth of a New Hollywood - the dawn of the independent producer/director. Roger Corman leads the pack of this new generation. He makes genre movies - horror films, sci-fi flicks and teenage rebel pictures and he makes them quicker and cheaper than anyone in the business. When Roger falls in love with the actress Jackie Fulquard, a series of accidents, surprises and chance encounters drops him into a life or death situation straight out of his films. He is forced to make a Faustian choice about how far he will go to be a success in Hollywood.
The Team :
Wayne Rawley, book
Dan Lipton & David Rossmer, music & lyrics
AJ Epstein, story
Carolyn Cantor, director
Fred Lassen, musical director
Ryan Lympus/Davenport Theatrical Enterprises, general manager
Rachel Maier, stage manager
Andrea Wales, assistant stage manager
Like all the other "withs" in this company, I cover the waterfront: Corman's father; movie exhibitor and flea market tycoon, R.F.Dutton; Hollywood mogul and not-so-devoted husband and father, Sydney Moreland; beatnik tough and Vivian Leigh aficionado, Stork; racist cult leader and B-movie actor, Rev. Hammond; etc.