Famous Playwright and published Author Mr. Paul Glen Neuman has again shown that he does it better than the rest by entering the finale of the 16th Annual Peachtree Village International Film Festival (PVIFF), 2021. The much-acclaimed Film Festival based in Atlanta, GA is going virtual this time and is scheduled for 21st to 23rd October.
Mr. Neuman’s entry for this competition is titled “On the Ball”. Mr. Neuman has written the screenplay in collaboration with Author Mark Edward Neuman. The play falls under the comedy-mystery genre.
The Peachtree Village International Film Festival is an international film, music, and tech festival featuring some of the world’s Best-In-Class indie and mainstream content. The annual event’s tagline is “A LAUNCHPAD FOR FILMMAKERS & SCREENWRITERS”.
About the Play:
“On the Ball” is about a guy named Marshall Arts, a black security specialist from Ohio, who reluctantly teams up with Clark Barr, the bigoted Chief of Police of Ball, Mississippi to solve a series of brutal murders. The play leads the audience on a hilariously intriguing journey of funny coincidences that lead to solving some heinous murders and eventually bring justice to the deceased. The play with 109 scenes has brilliantly placed dialogues, the ones that crack up the audience every time. How Marshall ends up at the ball, is also very hilarious to watch.
About the characters:
He is a black male in his 30s. He is Handsome, Determined, and Thinks on his feet. Always prepared to make the best of a bad situation. As he describes himself, “I’m Pisces. Single. Love Sushi. I’m partial to long romantic walks at sunset on the beach.”
When he is accused of murder, totally unrelated to him, he doesn’t shy away from taking a stand for himself, which shows him in a bold, courageous light. He says, “I didn’t kill anybody, and I didn’t roll into town. Until a couple of hours ago, I was on Interstate 55, on board a Southern Trailways bus, bound for New Orleans.”
Chief Barr is a Caucasian male between 50-62 years of age. He is the Chief of Police, Big and beefy. Wears a uniform whose shirt refuses to stay tucked into his pants. Habitually chews Wrigley’s Doublemint gum. Has no patience for anyone trying to bump him around.
Eve is a Beautiful black Amer-Asian woman, between 25-35 years of age. Intelligent. Refuses to back down to anyone offering her grief.
Her dad died a year ago, and she seemed quite okay with talking about it, which shows how emotionally mature and stable she is. “My dad was in the army. Served in Viet Nam. He was born here. Twenty years after the war he met my mother. She was a Vietnamese refugee. They got together and produced me. I was five when my mother ran off with a mechanic from Mobile.”
The play ends with solved murder cases, Chief Barr learning of Marshall’s true identity as a mall cop in Illinois, and Marshall has the opportunity to save the life of Eve Ho, a beautiful Amer-Asian who agrees to drive Marshall to New Orleans.