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For a dramatist, working on an adaptation is both a pleasure and a challenge. When adapting fiction to stage or screen, there is a built-in structural support system that exists in the material. However: keeping the heart and the soul of the original is more challenging than replicating its bone structure. How do dramatists honor the emotional core of the work even as they make it their own? What’s the right material for you and what’s important to preserve in the source material? How do you preserve tone and intent? Phyllis Nagy and Brighde Mullins will explore these questions and consider the complexities of adaptation.

Nagy is a writer and director whose most recent screenplay, CAROL, won the New York Film Critics Circle award for Best Screenplay, and was nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and a WGA Award. Mullins is a playwright and the Director of the M.F.A. Playwriting Program at Hunter College in New York City.

This is a free program that will be held at the Central Library. Space is limited, so please respond early. For more information, please contact Sharon Padua, Director of Major and Planned Gifts, at [email protected] or 213.292.6268.


Reservation and Wait-list Policy

LFLA Members will receive advance notice to make reservations, before being open to the general public.

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 to the best of your ability so we can keep an accurate reservation count as well as accommodate other guests who wish to attend. If you are on the waiting list and a reserved guest cancels, the Library Foundation will contact you regarding availability.

Brighde Mullins

Brighde Mullins is a playwright, whose works include The Bourgeois Pig, Monkey in the Middle, Fire Eater, and others. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2012. She teaches in and directs the Master of Professional Writing (MPW), a multi-genre graduate creative writing program at the University of Southern California.

Phyllis Nagy

Phyllis Nagy

Phyllis Nagy is a theatre and film director, screenwriter and dramatist. She was nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards for writing and directing Mrs. Harris (2005), her screen debut. The film starred Ben Kingsley and Annette Bening (both also Emmy nominated), and garnered a total of 12 Emmy Award nominations, three Golden Globe Award nominations, and three Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In 2015, she received many awards and nominations for her work on Carol, including a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Screenplay, and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, Independent Spirit Award and Writers Guild of America Award nominations.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the reservation/wait-list policy for this seminar?
    Due to room capacity and the interactive nature of this program, program space will be limited to no more than 40. Once that capacity is reached, we will maintain a waitlist. If you need to cancel your reservation, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Where should I park?
    You can park underneath the library at the 524 S. Flower Street garage. Validation is $1 with your LAPL library card.
  • What should I bring?
    Please bring a pen and a notebook. Also, bring questions and be ready for an engaging discussion with Brighde, Phyllis and fellow participants!