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 Barter Theatre's world premiere of <em>Revolutions</em> features, from left, Dan Folino, Amy Baldwin and Mike Ostroski.

Barter Theatre's world premiere of Revolutions features, from left, Dan Folino, Amy Baldwin and Mike Ostroski.

Film Rights Optioned for 'Revolutions'

July 12, 2010

ABINGDON, Va. – Revolutions, the play currently receiving its world premiere at Barter Theatre, has gained national attention.

First Serve Productions recently acquired the film rights to the play written by Richard Alfieri and directed by Arthur Allan Seidelman. The Los Angeles/New Mexico-based film company has tapped Seidelman to direct the silver screen adaptation.

Seidelman says, "I am extremely pleased that this extraordinary play has caught the attention of the theatre and film community – and has created so much excitement at Barter Theatre."

Revolutions continues its theatrical run at Barter Theatre's Stage II through Aug. 14, 2010. Revolutions takes audiences on a journey between the present and the 1960s as three, closely-intertwined friends experience and reflect on the social, ideological and emotional upheaval that shaped their lives.

"Powerful" is how Barter's Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose describes the play. He said, "This is possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Barter artists, as well as Barter patrons. To host these two talented individuals [Alfieri and Seidelman] brings us honor and takes us into a whole new realm within the theatre world as a producer of premiere works."

Revolutions depicts adult situations and has mature content and language. After finishing the scheduled run at Barter Stage II, stage productions of Revolutions are planned for New York and Los Angeles. For more information and to order tickets, please visit www.BarterTheatre.com or call 276.628.3991.

The Director-Playwright Team

This is not the first time the Alfieri/Seidelman duo has worked together in their respective roles on a project and that a movie deal has been offered. Producers Marc Platt, Jerry Offsay, Mark Harris and Jan Korbelin are currently developing a film version of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the most produced play in recent history with production in more than 20 countries and translation into 12 languages. Barter Theatre presented Six Dance Lessons in 2009. Seidelman has been tapped to direct this film adaptation as well, after directing the original stage production at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles before it went to Broadway.

Recent Seidelman films include The Sisters, starring Chris O'Donnell and Maria Bello; the musical of A Christmas Carol and Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, starring Scott Glen and Harvey Keitel. Two Emmy Awards, a Humanitas Prize and a Peabody Award are among his many accolades.

Alfieri is an award-winning playwright with two Writers Guild Awards and an Emmy nomination for his work. He also wrote the film The Sisters, based on his play suggested by Chekhov's Three Sisters.