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ONCE UPON THIS PLAYGROUND

Comedy 
A portal back to high school, 1972 thrusts a sexy, spoiled volleyball star into old-school, gender-splitting times where she accidentally ruins history and must piece it back together in her own creative way to find her way back home. Synopsis PDF Excerpt

Written by: Anne Kruse     [Contact Author]    Interviews
Format: Screenplay
Starring Roles For: Jessica Beil
Cameron Dias
Jennifer Garner
In the Vein Of: Peggy Sue Got Married
Bend It Like Beckham
Posted: 08/25/2007
Updated: 09/01/2017
Author Bio: SCRIPTS OPTIONED: Three.

EMPLOYMENT: Present - PAID WRITER: Features, Shorts, Sitcom, Non-fiction books, Educational Grants, Social Media content, Marketing Copy, e-Books, Promotional Copy, Fundraising Copy, Websites, Cocktail napkins.

Forever - Present: Pursuing a dream of bringing comedy to the masses on the big and small screen, small group, or small bathroom stall.

Previous - 2004: Career Counselor / Director Counseling Program for large Insurance company.

FORMAL EDUCATION: CERTIFIED CALIFORNIA PARALEGAL

GRADUATE UCLA SCHOOL OF THEATRE, FILM AND TELEVISION'S SCREENWRITING PROGRAM

B.A. - PSYCHOLOGY - CSU, LONG BEACH

M.S. - COUNSELING & EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY - CAL STATE, UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH

HUMOR EDUCATION: Raised under the watchful eye of religion with 4 siblings who have great senses of humor.

*Seven long years working at an amusement park in California. *10 years working in the corporate cubical prison system of a LARGE insurance company. *Growing up around crazy neighbors who loved to do sketch comedy. *Sent to principles office 3 times in Freshman year for making the class laugh. Sophomore year learned to tell others what to say so they would get kicked out instead - priceless.

DREAM: Forever - Present: Bring comedy to the masses on the big and small screen or anywhere.

FIRST MEMORY OF GETTING LAUGHS: 5 years old - Family vacation with all six family members in our 64 Plymouth station wagon on the two-lane logging roads of the Pacific Northwest when after being nearly pushed off the road by a truck I said, I hope the next truck that comes down the mountain is a Hot Wheels.

FAVORITE COMEDY MOTTO: Tragedy plus time equals comedy.

THREE THINGS THAT WILL ALWAYS MAKE ME LAUGH: Food fights Sock puppets Women running in dresses.

THE THING THAT JUST ISN'T FUNNY: Gratuitous animal distress to get a laugh.

COMEDIC PIONEER INSPIRATIONS: Lilly Tomlin, Gilda Radner, Carol Burnett, Tina Fey.

FAVORITE COMEDY OF ALL TIME: TOOTSIE

LENO OR LETTERMAN?: CONAN

GINGER OR MARYANN?: Lovey Howell

REFERENCES: available upon request.

Contest Results: Page One (First Place) [2005]
Scriptapalooza Features/Shorts (Finalist, TOP 10 RUNNER UP) [2007]
PAGE International (Quarterfinalist, Quarterfinalist 2008 also) [2007]
One in Ten (Finalist, Top 24) [2007]
Broad Humor (Finalist) [2008]
Austin Fest Film (Quarterfinalist, 2nd ROUNDER-TOP 12%OF4000 ) [2008]
Cinestory Feature (Quarterfinalist) [2008]