From Page to Stage to Screen

Playwright Carol Lashof and filmmaker

Ryan Coogler talk about his screen adaptation

of her play, "Gap."

Monday, March 8th
Claeys Lounge
The Soda Center

Playwright Carol Lashof taught at Saint Mary's for 25

years before leaving to devote herself to her writing full

time. Among her many acclaimed works is "Gap," a

play about a large and diverse urban high school. This fall,

a scene from "Gap" was chosen by Rebecca Dunn Jaroff

for Duo! The Best Scenes for Two for the 21st Century.

Filmmaker Ryan Coogler attended Saint Mary's in

2003-2004, playing wide receiver for the Gaels' football

team during its final season. Ryan completed his

undergraduate degree and football career at Sacramento

State, where he stood out as both a player and a scholar.

He was named to the Big Sky Conference All Academic

Team for all three years of his eligibility. Ryan is now a

graduate student in USC's prestigious film school, where

his work has garnered praise and awards. "Locks," the first

short film he entered for competition, brought him to

the TriBeCa and Cannes film festivals. Ryan is pictured,

left, with Brian Gott, Publisher of Variety magazine

at Cannes.



This fall, for a class in directing, Ryan was assigned the

task of adapting a two-person scene from a published

source.  His search for material brought him to the

Samuel French Bookstore in Los Angeles where he

found the anthology Duo! He read through the book,

rejecting scene after scene until he came to one from a

play called "Gap," by Carol Lashof.

Please join us, on Monday, March 8th as we celebrate

this inadvertent collaboration between these two artists,

both members of the Saint Mary's community. We will

screen Ryan's rendering of the scene from "Gap," and

then talk with him and Carol about the challenges and

rewards of writing for stage and screen. We will also talk

about the issues the scene raises, the many gaps–in

communication, achievement, perception–we all face

living in a diverse society.


From Page to Stage to Screen

A screening and conversation with playwright

Carol Lashof and filmmaker Ryan Coogler

Monday, March 8th
Claeys Lounge
The Soda Center
Light refreshments provided.


1928 St. Mary's Rd.

Moraga, California 94575



For further information, contact the Saint Mary's

College English Department, 925-631-4414.


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