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Library Foundation of Los Angeles Members are cordially invited to join us for the exclusive debut of “The Writer’s Cut.”  This new program celebrates the written word and how it comes to life on television with the modern storytellers of our time – writers who craft our favorite shows.

At 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 23, 2013, our first guest Dan O’Shannon, an award-winning writer for some of the most beloved sitcoms of our era, will take us through his writing method and inspiration throughout his long career as well as the ins and outs of comedy writing.

O’Shannon will be in conversation with David Isaacs, a current professor at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.  Isaacs has worked as a television screenwriter and producer for over 35 years and has been involved as a writer or producer in more than 800 episodes of television comedy.

Taking place in the Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, the evening will conclude with a reception and book signing.  Admission is free, but space is limited, so please respond early.

To make reservations, place your name on the waiting list or to become a Library Foundation Member, please contact Membership Director Erin Sapinoso at erinsapinoso@lfla.org.

Dan O’Shannon 

is currently an executive producer for the hit ABC show “Modern Family” and was a former writer and producer for other memorable shows such as “Frasier,” “Cheers,” and “Newhart.”  Winner of four Emmys, two Golden Globes, and five Writers Guild of America Awards, he is also the author of a comedy theory book What are You Laughing at? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event.


David Isaacs

has been credited as a writer, co-producer or creative consultant on “Mad Men,” “Becker,” “Frasier,” “Cheers,” “Wings,” and “M*A*S*H*.”  His writing credits also include episodes of “The Simpsons,” “The Tracey Ullman Show,” and “The Jeffersons.”  Isaacs has received three Writers Guild of America Awards for “Cheers” and “Mad Men,” one Emmy for “Cheers,” and a Peabody Award for “Frasier.”


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation policy for The Writers Cut?

    Reservations will be taken until the program is full, at which point a waiting list will be maintained.  If you or anyone in your party can no longer attend, please inform us ahead of time, so that we can maintain an accurate reservation count as well as accomodate other guests who wish to attend.  If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, a representative of the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

  • Where is the Mark Taper Auditorium?

    The Mark Taper Auditorium and Flora Thornton Courtyard are located on the first floor of the Central Library at 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

  • Where should I park?

    Parking is available in the lot underneath the Central Library at 524 South Flower Street. Standard rates apply.


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