Diceman House Cinema has optioned Dewey Moss’ play The Crusade of Connor Stephens for a film adaptation, set to begin shooting in Texas this fall. The play, which received its Off-Broadway premiere last summer, chronicles the story of a Texas family following a shooting.
Casting and a release date for the movie will be announced at a later date.
“After nightly standing ovations and incredible emotional audience response to the Off-Broadway run and live stream of The Crusade of Connor Stephens, we are thrilled that Diceman House films will be producing the film version, to extend the relevance of the play and reach a whole new audience with the show’s message,” says playwright and producer Moss.
Written soon after the Sandy Hook tragedy, The Crusade of Connor Stephens made its world premiere at the 2016 Midtown International Theater Festival. The drama then played a commercial run at the Jerry Orbach Theatre in Midtown’s The Theatre Center, where it was live-streamed August 3.
“The project attracted me immediately because it is so topical and relevant to issues prevalent in our current society. But beyond that, it is a story of the complex relationships that form the first society we are ever members of—our families,” says Bren Rapp, producer and head of creative development for Diceman House Cinema. "From there the small circle of influences that make up our early lives can have huge implications that are undeniably present in this work. Now is a remarkable time for it to be shared on film because I believe audiences are ready to explore that, to see these things they are being forced to face daily, that is, unfortunately, becoming part of our collective experience, confronted in a way that is at once personal and universal.”
For more information on the play, visit TheCrusadeofConnorStephens.com.