Catching Up: Treacherous Beauty at NEHGS

Robert P. Murphy, Alexander Platt, Ida Esmaeili, Barlow Adamson, and me

We’re on the verge of July, but I haven’t had a chance to post photos and news from events that happened in May. I’m going to try to catch up a little bit.

On May 25th, the New England Historic Genealogical Society hosted a reading from a new screenplay I’ve been writing.  Treacherous Beauty is based on a book by the same name by Mark Jacob and Stephen H. Case, about Benedict Arnold and his wife Peggy Shippen. Their plot to betray the forts at West Point to the British in 1780 nearly put an end to the American Revolution. In some ways, they are the most dangerous couple in American History.

We had an enthusiastic and attentive crowd in the gorgeous room in the NEHGS headquarters right on Newbury Street in Boston. I am constantly reminded of the extremely deep talent pool in Boston every time I work on a project. This time we had Alexander Platt reading the role of Benedict Arnold, Ida Esmaeili reading Peggy Shippen, and Robert P. Murphy and Barlow Adamson each reading multiple roles.  We had them read selected scenes from the script, and I filled in the rest of the story. And then we had a discussion with the audience about this thrilling story and critical moment in American History.

We’re pitching this around Hollywood right now. It’ll take a lot of luck, but maybe someday we’ll all get to see the story on the big screen.