Gay NH-Based Playwright Gets Film Deal

A collaboration between three-time Emmy Award winning Producer/Director Bill Humphreys and multiple award-winning Executive Producer/Writer David J. Mauriello, Stagewright Films, a newly formed NH-based film production company, announced this week that shooting on a film adaptation of Mauriello’s “Just Say Love” will begin in May now that principle casting is complete.

Los Angeles-based actors Matthew Jaeger and Robert Mammana will star in Mauriello’s two-man story, which is the first in a series of adaptations planned by Stagewright Films.

Mauriello originally wrote the script for stage, with Humphreys having adapted it for the screen and serving as its film director. The stage version of “Just Say Love” premiered at the Player’s Ring in Portsmouth, NH and was recently nominated in the Best New Play category by the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards and the Best Original Script category by the Spotlight on the Arts awards.

Over the past year it has been mounted in both Boston and Chicago. There are plans for several other productions of “Just say Love” in the coming months at venues across the country.

Shooting is scheduled to begin May 5 and run through the end of the month with all principal photography being done entirely on site at the GMCNH studio. Once completed, Funny Boy Film will distribute the film. Its most recent project was the film version of Broadway’s “Naked Boys Singing.”

Printed in The New England Blade (now defunct) – April 2, 2008
Written By: William Henderson