Jay Craven’s film noir to play Weston Playhouse

Kay and Jack outside gaming parlor in “Wetware.” Photo provided

WESTON, Vt. – Award-winning independent filmmaker Jay Craven will play the Weston Playhouse Sunday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m., with his newest picture, “Wetware,” based on the novel by Craig Nova. Director Craven will attend the screening and lead post-screening discussion.

“Wetware” was filmed in Burlington and Brattleboro, Vt. – and Nantucket. It tells a story of what happens when new technologies collide with human needs in a changing world precariously close to today’s. The film is set in a time and place where there are tough and tedious jobs no one wants to do – and people down on their luck who volunteer for genetic modifications to gain the focus, stamina, and synthesized sense of well-being that makes them right for this work. With business booming, programmers at Galapagos Wetware up the stakes by producing high-end prototypes, Jack and Kay, for more sensitive jobs like space travel, counterterrorism, and deep cover espionage.

Galapagos genetic programmer Hal Briggs is sharp and creative but impetuous. He’s a socially awkward romantic in a transactional world. He keeps a virtual human clock at home and improvises as he goes on what qualities to include or delete in his gene splicing for Jack and, especially, Kay, to whom he develops a dangerous attachment.

Then word gets out that Jack and Kay have escaped, before Briggs has completed his work. Where have they gone and what do they know? Briggs scrambles to track his fugitive prototypes and, as he reexamines Jack and Kay’s codes, he makes a provocative discovery that will change everything.

Cast includes Morgan Wolk, Jerry O’Connell, Cameron Scoggins, Nicole Shalhoub, Aurélia Thiérrée, Matt Salinger, and Garret Lee Hicks. Vermont actors including Rusty DeWees, Allan Nicholls, Dan Levintritt, Ariel Zevon, Tara O’Reilly, and Emmy-winner Gordon Clapp. Music was composed by Craven’s 25-year collaborators Judy Hyman and Jeff Claus of the Ithaca-based Horse Flies.

A “Wetware” film trailer is available for viewing at www.vimeo.com/178329080. “Wetware” funders and sponsors include Marlboro College, the Amy Tarrant Foundation, the Vermont Community Foundation, the Norman Lear Family Foundation, the India Blake Foundation, Dealer.com, the Essex, Jean Boardman and the Whetstone Inn, Brattleboro Savings and Loan, Burlington City Arts, the state of Massachusetts, the Bay and Paul Foundation, Ron Miller, Nat and Martha Winthrop, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont, the John M. Bissell Foundation, Cabot Creamery, Vermont Public Radio, and more than 450 individual donors.

Tickets will be available at the door or for advance seats and more film information, go to www.westonplayhouse.org or contact Jay Craven at jcraven@sarahlawrence.edu.

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