The script is a witty, insightful reenactment of Marguerite Fair's amusing presumption that "After life the comedy and drama really begins," just as the song from A Chorus Line: "Goodbye 12, hello 13 and now life really begins." Actually though, to quote John Lennon, "Life (and death) happens when you're making other plans."
This script has quite a clever premise: one will find his or her soulmate, if not in this lifetime, then perhaps in the world to come. Our society is unfortunately filled with so many trying to find the "right" one, the proverbial "match made in heaven," yet all too often settling in unhappy relationships and marriages.
A not so secret "guilty pleasure' of mine is visiting a psychic yearly on my birthday, in hopes of blessings from relatives now on "the other side." Marguerite Fair-Kosciewicz takes this premise to the extreme with her new screenplay After Life dating Service, of which I saw a staged reading at SpiritWorks Center for Spiritual Living in Burbank.
With an ensemble woven together as if they've been friends for eternity, the plot thickens, bringing disorder and detective/crime scene story intrigue, filled with kidnapping, a hostage and the griping of one's seat suspense.
After Life Dating Service brings new hope and promise to the potential of reinvented or reincarnated love and romance.
After Life Dating Service in a semi-finalist in the Culver City portion for the Cinefest Film Festival. Melanie H. Vansell, Audrey Mitchell with writer/director Marguerite Fair on December 3, 2016 at the Festival Screeing!
The story gingerly touches on the once taboo subject matter of domestic abuse and financial blackmail. Robin (Audrey Mitchell), when losing her job, comes up with an entrepreneurial idea of starting a most unique dating service, literally and desperately seeking angelic soulmates for her clients, because perhaps the grass is greener on "the other side." Such is the plot (no pun intended) written and directed by Marguerite Fair-Kosciewicz.
Reading cast with Author: Left to right
Cal Bartlett, William Joseph Hill, Rhoda Pell, Maray Ayres, Scott Moss, Brigitte Waites, Pamela Hill, Audrey Mitchell, Roberta E. Bassin, Michael Tatlock, Marguerite Fair (writer & director) Bill Mendieta
REVIEW FOR THE AFTER LIFE DATING SERVICE READING
APPEARED IN THE WEDNESDAY JULY 1, 2015 EDITION OF THE TOLUCAN TIMES, BURBANK, CA
REVIEW BY: BONNIE PRIEVER