Admiring the unproduced written word

Nathan Fillion, Alison Brie and Justin Bartha on stage. Photos by Iris Schneider.

More than 300 fans of the written word, Hollywood-style, packed the Ricardo Montalban Theater on Vine Street Saturday night for the latest performance presented by The Blacklist, a group founded by Franklin Leonard which compiles a database of unproduced screenplays and scripts as a service to screenwriters toiling in Hollywood. Occasionally, the group presents a live read of a favorite screenplay. Saturday night's rousing read of Victoria Strouse's very funny script, "The Seekers of Perpetual Love," did not disappoint.

The accomplished and enthusiastic cast included Justin Bartha, Alison Brie, Dean Cameron, Nathan Fillion, Seth Green, Melanie Lynskey and Jean Smart. Read without intermission and with spare staging, it kept the focus on what The Blacklist feels is most important: the writing. There's definitely something to be said for the pleasure of listening to what's on the page.

You can learn about future readings by going to their website.

Leonard and Strouse.

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