HBS 033 Interview with Steven Peros - Playwright (The Cat's Meow), Screenwriter, Director, and TV writer


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Steven Peros is an American playwright, screenwriter, director, and television writer. He is the author of both the stage play and screenplay for The Cat's Meow, which was made into the 2002 Lionsgate film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Kirsten Dunst, Eddie Izzard, Edward Herrmann, Carey Elwes, Jennifer Tilly, and Joanna Lumley.

Additional Film Writing credits include his directorial debut, Footprints (2011), which was hailed as "One of the Ten Best Films So Far This Year" by Armond White, Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle and was similarly praised by critics Kevin Thomas, F.X. Feeney, Mick LaSalle,and White during the film's initial release. He followed this with The Undying (2011), which he directed and co-wrote, and which starred Robin Weigert, Wes Studi, Jay O. Sanders, and Sybil Temtchine.

As a playwright, The Cat's Meow had its world premiere in Los Angeles in 1997 and is published by Samuel French, Inc. It has been performed in four countries as of 2013. His earlier play, Karlaboy (1994) also premiered in Los Angeles where it received a Drama-Logue Award for Outstanding Achievement in Writing. It is also published by Samuel French.

The film takes place aboard publisher William Randolph Hearst's yacht on a weekend cruise celebrating Ince's 44th birthday on November 16, 1924. Among those in attendance are Hearst's longtime companion and film actress Marion Davies, fellow actor Charlie Chaplin, writer Elinor Glyn, columnist Louella Parsons, and actress Margaret Livingston. The celebration is cut short by an unusual death that would go on to become the subject of legendary Hollywood folklore.

Steven Peros Website: StevenPeros.com Twitter: @StevenGPeros BIO: After working as a produced writer for Film and Stage, Steven recently forayed successfully into Television, selling his first two original one-hour pilots: Dorian Gray to NBC/Universal, and a second to MTV with Relativity TV and Andrew Panay producing.

His original teleplay for 2013’s A Country Christmas Story, starring Dolly Parton, broke Holiday Season rating records for Lifetime Television.

Steven is also a noted film historian whose writing on film has been published in MovieMaker Magazine, The Huffington Post, New York's Newsday, Village Voice, and Scr(i)pt. He has contributed BluRay commentary tracks for many classic films. His first book on movies, A Year in the Life of a Film Fanatic: What I Watched. Why I Watched It. comes out in 2018 from BearManor Media. He is a graduate of New York University's Film School and is a member of the Writers Guild of America

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