Sunday, December 26, 2010


NEW YORK -- Michael Shannon, and the wonderful vehicle playwright Craig Wright wrote, continues to garner much deserved attention including the recent full page profile The New York Times did on the Oscar nominated actor from Chicago and the play he stars in, MISTAKES WERE MADE, currently running through February 27, 2011 at the Barrow Street Theatre.

The Times describes his performance, in which he plays a theater producer cajoling, begging, seducing and threatening off-stage cohorts in an effort to mount a new play about the French revolution on Broadway, as "hilarious, tender and graceful."  His bravado, tour de force performance is one of the funniest, and showiest, you'll see on stage this, or any season.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

TIME Magazine Names MISTAKES WERE MADE a Top Ten Play of 2010

In its December 20, 2010 issue, TIME Magazine honored MISTAKES WERE MADE as one of the Top Ten Plays of the year. This is in addition to New York Magazine doing the same in its December 13 issue. If you have yet to see the play, get yourself down to the Barrow Street Theater before February 27, 2011 when the limited engagement ends.

Read the TIME article here and the New York Magazine article here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


Starry Night's Michael Shulman, who appeared in the original 1990 production of Stephen Sondheim's ASSASSINS at Playwrights Horizons, paid tribute to the Broadway legend in a rousing rendition of "Sunday" from SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Shulman joined 287 past and present Sondheim alumni in the evening's climax that brought tears to the composer's eyes.

The concert, directed for stage and television by Lonny Price in March 2010, aired on PBS and is now available on DVD/BluRay.

Sunday, November 14, 2010


Oscar nominee Michael Shannon stars as an Off-Broadway producer in the New York City premiere of Craig Wright's new comedy MISTAKES WERE MADE. The play opened Nov. 14 after beginning previews on Nov. 5. Mistakes Were Made is directed by Dexter Bullard, and also features Mierka Girten opposite Shannon. 

Mistakes Were Made is billed as a character study "of a man seeking redemption, but inescapably creating destruction." Felix gets in "way over his fast-talking head when he takes on a gargantuan epic about the French Revolution which he thinks is going to be his ticket to professional and personal reclamation."

Starry Night Entertainment associate produces what New York Magazine calls "a glorious absurdist showpiece." The New York Times says "Michael Shannon is excellent!" and Backstage declares "it's explosively funny! Mistakes Were Made is 100 minutes of high-octane bliss with a tour de force turn from Michael Shannon. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard at the theatre. Supremely enjoyable!"

From left producers Tom Wirtshafter, Craig Saavedra, Jean Doumanian and Scott Morfee on Opening Night.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

MOSCOWS Writer Gary Sunshine Interviewed

NEW YORK -- Playwright Gary Sunshine is profiled today in Adam Szymkowcz's blog (click HERE). Sunshine started writing plays a year after graduating from Princeton University, where he majored in English with a concentration in Theater. He received an MFA from NYU's Dramatic Writing Program. In 2005, he received the Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights. His work has been published in The Best American Short Plays of 2001 and Monologues for Men by Men. He is a member of New Dramatists and the MCC Playwrights Coalition, and is a NYTW Usual Suspect.

Saturday, January 30, 2010


TV and Broadway star David Hyde Pierce and Starry Night's Craig Saavedra at the Closing Night Awards Ceremony 
PARK CITY --  Sundance TwentyTen wrapped today with an awards ceremony that began with host David Hyde Pierce and festival topper John Cooper performing a rap song featuring the titles of every film screened over the last ten days. Needless to say, the unlikely duo brought down the house.

The ceremony and party that followed capped what many felt was the best edition of SFF in years. Personally, I wanted to see far more films than I did but was pleased with the number of meetings and social events I was able to squeeze into a week. I also didn't get a chance to do any skiing.  I started the day off with an early screening of Nicole Holofcener's PLEASE GIVE starring Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt and my buddy Thomas Ian Nicholas, who does a bang-up job in the comedy/drama slice of life.

I also attended a panel entitled ART IN AMERICA that featured playwright Moises Kaufman. It was an interesting discussion on the relationship between artists and government.

After the ceremony I was able to catch up with one of my dearest friends Greg Barker, the documentarian who served on the fest's jury this year. It was a tough day for Greg as he had learned during a screening last night that his editor had just been killed in a hit and run on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Very tragic. Very sad. Still, I was proud to see him honor her memory as he presented the award for best documentary.

With actor Joseph Gordon Levitt at the Closing Night Party
Later in the evening I continued my chat with actor/director Mark Ruffalo about potential projects, and caught up with other friends that were also schmoozing their way around the enormous Racquet Club venue.

All in all, a fun and productive festival. But I'm exhausted and can't wait to get back home. (CMS)

Friday, January 29, 2010


Rain Management topper Jonathan Baruch and Craig Saavedra outside the Egyptian Theatre on Main Street following the midnight screening of TUCKER & DALE VS. EVIL
PARK CITY -- We capped off a busy day with a midnight screening of Eli Craig's hysterical horror/slasher send-up TUCKER & DALE starring Tyler Labine. Coincidentally, Labine also stars in the new FOX sitcom SONS OF TUSCON which is shot by SHERMAN'S WAY cinematographer Joaquin Sedillo. Small world.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


PARK CITY -- The sidewalks up and down Main Street are more manageable, the screenings less packed and even the infamous parties seem a bit more down to earth this year as the Sundance Film Festival strives to return to its true indie roots amidst an economic downturn that has even hit the historically "recession-proof" film industry.

And while the trade papers are full of stories about the shift in distribution models for indie films (see The Hollywood Reporter's "Service is this year's model"), the stars have come out to support their passion projects.

Tuesday night I joined the cast of THE ROMANTICS at their Luxury Lounge party, even though the film wasn't to premiere until the following morning. Stars Katie Holmes and Elijah Wood were on hand to discuss their hopes for a distribution deal that is likely to come by the festival's end.

Craig Saavedra (left) with actor Elijah Wood

I had a chance to catch Robert Duvall's GET LOW,  an exceptionally well-made period film sporting dynamite performances from Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissie Spacek. Sony Classics has it, and I'm curious to see how they market this challenging piece.

I also enjoyed Mark Ruffalo's directorial debut film SYMPATHY FOR DELICIOUS, and talked shop with him about the difficulties of shooting a film in 23 days. He told me he was "getting my ass kicked" by the critics, but he was holding out hope for a distribution deal, even though theatrical is increasingly rare for small films. Joining him in the cast is Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis.

Craig Saavedra with actor/director Mark Ruffalo

It's been particularly fun running into so many friends this year including my buddy Greg Barker (who is serving as a juror in the Docu category and whose film SERGIO is on the Oscar short list this year), Louisa Percudani who used to head up the Newport and Sonoma film fests, Alex Ago (USC's School of Cinematic Arts Special Events Coordinator), actress/producer K'Dee Miller (her film THE VIOLENT KIND is in competition here), and actors Jason Dohring and Eric Close. (CMS)

Monday, January 11, 2010


LOS ANGELES -- Starry Night has partnered with online retailer Zazzle to offer a wide array of products featuring the Starry Night logo as well as logos and art from Starry Night projects.

Currently available are items such as T-shirts, mugs, hats, totes, key chains, mouse pads and magnets. There is even a Starry Night T-shirt for your pooch! In addition, memorabilia with the popular "Get lost" tag line from the film SHERMAN'S WAY can be purchased.

These great gifts will be joined by other products in the coming months, so keep checking out the Starry Night Store at

Thursday, January 7, 2010


NEW YORK -- Starry Night Entertainment LLC has launched a new website featuring updates on its film, television and stage projects as well links to its new social networking sites on Twitter, Facebook, Blogger, YouTube and MySpace.

In addition, there is an extensive Press Room section where press articles can be downloaded and printed.