MOUNT VERNON — Drama, comedy and a few surprise twists filled the big screen at Premiere Theatres on Monday evening. Sounds like any normal night at the local movie theater, but this time it was local actors, local directing, local set, local supporting cast and local production crew.
Presented as a one-act play in 2011 by Bruce Jacklin and Gail Griffith at The Alcove, “Nietzsche Ate Here” made its screen debut on Sunday in Columbus, directed by Mount Vernon native Matt Starr, before the 22-minute “short” was shown to more than 200 family and friends on Monday at Premiere Theatres.
Written by Roy Berkowitz, Nietzsche tells the story of Paul, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who journeys into a greasy country diner to spill some surprising news on an unsuspecting waitress, Cheryl. Her dry humor sparks an intriguing conversation while Paul labors over a stale cup of cold coffee, having just walked away from his job. Emotions begin to pinball over circumstances until the truth reveals the couple shared a common partner who just passed away. Following an emotional confrontation, the final scene shows Paul driving away in his partner’s yellow Porsche with a doughnut sitting on the dashboard, given to him by Cheryl. “It’s a non-Hallmark ending,” said Starr. He admitted he wants to “clean up” what he calls some rough edges before planning to take Nietzsche to the film festival circuit.
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