Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow
A Novel

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Coming in 2009, the major motion picture from the director of Slacker

The irresistible story of a stagestruck boy coming of age in the golden era of Broadway-with some very famous supporting characters-Me and Orson Welles is a romantic farce that reads like a Who's Who of the classic American theater. Called "one of the best depictions of male adolescent yearning ever to hit the page" (Kirkus Reviews), it is sure to translate wonderfully to screen in 2009.
 

About Robert Kaplow

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Robert Kaplow is a teacher and writer best known for the satirical songs and sketches he writes for NPR’s Morning Edition, where he created “Moe Moskowitz and the Punsters. ” His award-winning young adult novels include Alessandra in Love and Alex Icicle: A Romance in Ten Torrid Chapters. 
 
Published June 28, 2005 by Penguin Books. 276 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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A stroke of luck makes Richard catch the eye of Welles himself, and within minutes Richard has been given a small role in the play, which he has mere hours to learn.

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The Guardian

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Me and Orson Welles Production year: 2008 Country: UK Cert (UK): 12A Runtime: 114 mins Directors: Richard Linklater Cast: Ben Chaplin, Christian McKay, Claire Danes, Eddie Marsan, Kelly Reilly, Zac E...

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The Guardian

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Me and Orson Welles by Robert Kaplow Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop Centred around Welles's 1937 production of Julius Caesar at New ...

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BC Books

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In a moment of dramatic brilliance, this week's new film Me and Orson Welles encapsulates the artist's predicament: how to reveal the human condition while taking short respite from oneself.

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Examiner

I know that making films starring the heart throb of the moment can be risky financially (the shelf life of heart throbs is shorter than that gallon of milk you bought at the store yesterday) but I would have thought a film which featured the source of a zillion preteen girls’ dreams about one of...

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Entertainment Weekly

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The Bookbag

At times this superficiality stretches to the main character as well and there are places where Richard uses words that you wouldn't expect to find in the inner monologue of a seventeen year old boy, such as 'unoccluded,' which does seem unrealistic in places.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

In the summer of 1937, Orson Welles and John Houseman had just done The Cradle Will Rock, a red-ragging opera about striking steel workers that the US government tried to stop by padlocking the New York theatre at which it was to open.

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Monsters and Critics

The film is set in 1937, and the plot follows a high school student (Efron) who is noticed by Orson Welles one late night while he is strolling the streets of New York near the soon to be opened Mercury Theatre.

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California Literary Review

You can take Zac Efron out of Disney, but you can’t take Disney out of Zac Efron.

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Film School Rejects

Richard Linklater returns to the big screen after a three year absence with Me and Orson Welles, a jazzy backstage coming of age picture.

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Ken Greenleaf

With Orson Welles, it's all in the voice — which over the course of four decades could sell anything from a Martian invasion to Paul Masson wine.

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