sunday, September 29, 2019 at 12:15pm
Hassan has just moved to the US from Egypt and to make things harder, this 2nd grader is a shy little guy.
His supportive mother does the best she can to encourage him on his first day of school while Makai, the rowdiest kid in class, is keenly interested in the new kid.
Ms. Burgess, his vibrant yet commanding dance teacher, finds his shyness curious and casts Hassan in the annual 2nd grade play, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe”. Hassan is assigned a suitable part: the Giant Rumblebuffin who is turned into a statue by the White Witch.
He stands as a frozen statue most of the time and only has one line. Sounds easy enough but he just can’t get the line right. Even though Hassan is surrounded by supportive people, will he get it right on closing night when his parents come see the show?
Meet the filmmakers
WRITER - Natalie Newman
DIRECTOR - Becca Wolff
PRODUCER - Natalie Newman
Becca Wolff is a California-based director, writer and teacher of film and theater. She has collaborated with writers such as David Milch, Dorothy Fortenberry and Sarah Gubbins. Her live performance projects have been presented at the Getty Villa, the Public Theater and Summerhall @ the Edinburgh Intl. Fringe Festival. Her work has been named to Best Of lists in the SF Chronicle and LA Weekly. Awards and nominations for her work include Princess Grace, Outstanding Solo Show & Outstanding Musical at the NYC Fringe, Ovations (Los Angeles), Theatre Bay Area and Bay Area Critics Circle. She teaches at Berkeley City College and Pixar U. MFA, Yale School of Drama.