Aleta Barthell

Writing

Plays | Screenplays | Television


Plays


WALKING DOWN THE CORN
When a farm chore goes horribly wrong on an Illinois farm, it forces a family to contend with past grievances and forgive old grudges—before it’s too late. A suspenseful story about what responsibility and accountability mean to a 21st century American family.

New Works Festival Reading Series: Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m.@ Scripps Ranch Theater http://www.scrippsranchtheatre.org/new-works-studio/

WINDOW OF SHAME
Drama based on a New Orleans ghost story. In 1834, Doctor and Madame LaLaurie are famous in the French Quarter for their elegant parties in their resplendent home, but soon dark suspicions arise after a young woman climbs out of a darkened window on the second floor and jumps to her death; leaving Sally, the cook downstairs, to risk her life to uncover the secret that lives upstairs. 2016 Finalist HUMANITAS/CTG Playwriting Prize

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Screenplays


FORTUNE
A San Diego businesswoman loses a slip of paper foretelling her fortune, and a little girl in Tijuana picks it up, reversing their fates. Comic consequences give way to darker and mysterious elements as the story unfolds against a backdrop of illegal immigration and the inequities of the very different lives being led on either side of the border. Semi-Finalist: 2005 Sundance Writers Lab Competition

FLOWERS FOR ME
A quietly determined woman ditches her executive life in Manhattan to pursue her grandmother’s dream of growing the perfect carnation and falls in love with Donny, a shy prison guard who’s trying to achieve his own modest notoriety in a small town in Wyoming by breaking the World Record for eating Big Macs.

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Television Series


ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE
When her father dies, the daughter of a wealthy ruling family must assume control of the duchy of Aquitaine; determined to rule her own land, Eleanor thwarts those who plot to kidnap her, murder her, or make her their unwilling bride.

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