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Criminal Adaptations

Criminal Adaptations

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Criminal Adaptations is a True Crime/Movie Review Podcast discussing some of your favorite films, and the true crime stories that inspired them. With hosts Remi, who spent over a decade working in the film and television industry, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator. They discuss a new movie each week and compare the film to the real life events that the film is based on.
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Networks' Adaptations for Living

Networks for Training and Development, Inc.

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At Networks for Training and Development Inc., we hold the strong belief that everyone deserves to live as independently and comfortably as possible. This podcast shares information on adapting tasks and lifestyles as well as other helpful ideas for independent lifestyles.
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Join fairy tale enthusiasts Drew and Cassie as they discuss the world of film and literary adaptations! Each month they will choose a specific fairy tale, and each week they will discuss a different book, movie, or musical adaptation of that fairy tale, exploring the way authors and artists retell, change, twist, conserve, and diversify the same stories over and over.
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In the conclusion of our two-part season finale, Al Capone is sent to prison after being convicted of tax evasion. After he’s released from Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, his brain and body fail him due to neurosyphilis. Listen now to find out how accurately Josh Trank, with the help of Tom Hardy, depicted the final year before the gangster’s death…
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Notorious gangland kingpin Al Capone was at the height of his career supplying illegal liquor and beer during Prohibition. Thanks to his ruthless tactics and deep pockets, he essentially controlled Chicago through payoffs given to the city’s highest rank politicians and police force. Fed up with widespread crime, federal agent Eliot Ness put togeth…
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This week we conclude our bonus episodes on Ryan Murphy’s Feud: Capote vs. The Swans (2024). Similar to last week, we casually talk about the remainder of the season, episodes 4-8, and how accurately the show stuck to the real-life events that laid the stage for Capote’s addiction and eventual death. You can stream the full season of Feud: Capote v…
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One month after our season 1 finale on Truman Capote, TV mastermind Ryan Murphy premiered season two of his anthology series Feud, centering on famous celebrity conflicts. The next two weeks we take a break from our usual content to discuss each episode of Feud: Capote vs. The Swans (2024) and how accurately the show stuck to the real-life events t…
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Aaron Sorkin made his directorial debut with Molly’s Game (2017), the true story of world-class mogul skier turned poker princess, Molly Bloom. In just a few short years, Molly went from having $2,000 to her name to being worth multi-million dollars, all by running underground poker games filled with some of the most famous and influential people i…
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Bernhardt “Bernie” Tiede II was a beloved mortician in Carthage, Texas who always went out of his way to lend a helping hand. Marjorie Nugent was a wealthy widow with few confidants, until she befriended Tiede, a man 40 years her senior, who oversaw her husband’s funeral. Through this friendship, Bernie went from living a modest lifestyle to jet se…
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Bramble Theatre Company is thrilled to open the Bramble Arts Loft, a brand new peformance space in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Learn more at brambletheatre.org. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on N…
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 film directed by Scott Derrickson, in which a lawyerb(Laura Linney) takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest (Tom Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl (Jennifer Carpenter). Based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, a young German woman who suffered a similar fate, but just how clo…
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National Playwriting Month is approaching, and that means it's time for End of Play.®, the Dramatists Guild's annual month-long writing challenge for Playwrights, Composers, Lyricists, and Librettists! This is a segment of the End of Play.® interview Melissa had last year with Lily Dwoskin and Jordan Stovall from the Dramatists Guild. Resources Men…
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Primary Source: Glatzer, Jenna & Markowitz, Susan. My Stolen Son: The Nick Markowitz Story. Berkley, 2010. Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: criminaladaptations@gmail.com TikTok: @criminaladaptations Music: He_s Changing The Game by Darren-Curtis _ https___soundcloud.com_desperate-measurez_Music promoted by https___www.free-stock-music.com_…
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We're taking the week off to catch up on all the March Submission Binge tasks and also prepping for End of Play.®! What are you working on? Find Melissa on the socials and let her know what you're up to! Happy Marketing! Happy Writing! Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Fol…
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“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you can’t afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.” Most people in the United States are familiar with the Miranda Warning, but few can tell you how it came to be. This remarkable story is portray…
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This week's episode is a replay of the hottest marketing tips from marketing expert Julie Nemitz from Ep. 41. Resources Mentioned Episode 41 Theatre Marketing Lab "In The Greenroom" podcast Julie's newsletter Theatre Marketing Lab Content Club Canva About Our Guest Julie Nemitz is a renowned theatre marketing leader & the force behind Theatre Marke…
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Just a few days after ringing in the 2008 year, 22-year-old Oscar Grant III was shot and killed by a transit officer. The viral footage, captured by bystanders’ cell phones, sparked protests across the nation. Before he rose to fame with blockbusters like Creed and Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan portrayed Grant in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station…
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In honor of the March 2024 Playwright Marketing Binge, here is the replay of Patrick Gabridge's interview where he describes the ways playwrights can make their submissions stand out. In this episode, we discuss: Why he started the Playwright Submission Binge TONS of tips on how playwrights can market themselves better Resources Mentioned Playwrigh…
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To many, Larry Flynt was nothing but a controversial pornographer responsible for the publication of Hustler magazine. However, he was also a defender of our constitutional right to freedom of speech, the attempted murder victim of a convicted serial killer, and involved in setting legal precedent protecting parody under the First Amendment. His fa…
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It's Melissa's 10th Birthday! To help her celebrate her once-every-four-years birthday, please rate/review/subscribe/share your favorite episode with a friend. And if you're so inclined, pop in to one of the social channels listed below and send her a birthday wish. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newslett…
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From 1972 to 1983 serial killer and bakery owner Robert Hansen abducted, raped, and murdered at least 17 women, many of whom he hunted after releasing them into the wilderness. 13 years after Hansen was apprehended, Scott Walker, with the help of Nicolas Cage and John Cusack, brought this story to the big screen in The Frozen Ground (2013). Primary…
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Melissa details her 2024 Chicago Theatre Week Experience. She saw shows at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakes, TimeLine Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Court Theatre, and she recommends them all! Resources Mentioned Chicago Theatre Week League of Chicago Theatres Choose Chicago Goodman Theatre Chicago Shakespeare Theater Writers Theatre Court Theatr…
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In 1992, Mark Whitacre, vice president of a Fortune 500 company, agreed to be an undercover FBI informant to help an investigation into price fixing. In 1998, he was convicted of 46 felonies involving fraud, tax evasion, money laundering, obstruction of justice, and price fixing; sentenced to nine years in federal prison; and ordered to pay $11 mil…
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Selena was an up-and-coming Tejano star about to break into the mainstream music scene when her life was cut short by the manager of her boutiques and president of her fan club in 1995. Gregory Nava’s Selena (1997), starring Jennifer Lopez, was released just two years later. Get ready to learn why Selena captivated the hearts of many with her stage…
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Melissa is on another short winter break. Be sure to rate/review/subscribe/share your favorite episodes with a friend, a student, a fellow playwright. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on New Play Exchange Con…
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Amy Lehman from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (New York) stops by the show to talk about this organization and how artists can benefit from their programs and services. In this episode, we discuss: How Amy pivoted from a performance career to a career in law What VLA is and who can use their services Many of the programs VLA offers The types of pr…
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For the first time ever, Melissa is joined by three guests in one interview! Scenic Designers Regina García, Sibyl Wickersheimer, and Maureen Weiss stop by to discuss their book and museum exhibit and drop a ton of wisdom along the way. In this episode, we discuss: The orgins of Scene Shift How they each came into theatre and scenic design Being a …
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No official episode this week, but Melissa will be back soon with all new interviews. Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Facebook & Instagram Read Melissa's plays on New Play Exchange Connect with Melissa on LinkedIn Ways to support the show: - Buy Me …
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For another installment of "When the Production is the Adaptation," Melissa is joined by Marcia Milgrom Dodge aka "MMD" to discuss her production and revival of Disney's Beauty and the Beast at the Olney Theatre Center. In this episode, we discuss: The origins of the "MMD" moniker "Smuggling in deeper meaning" Redesigning and imagining a Disney-bra…
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In this episode, Melissa guides listeners through a comprehensive goal-setting strategy for playwrights and theatre makers so they can plan for a successful 2024, however they chose to define it. ***Sign up for the Newsletter*** Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the…
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New Episodes of Criminal Adaptations season 2 are coming February 13th ! Join our hosts Remi, who spent over a decade working in the film and television industry in Los Angeles, California, and Ashley, a clinical psychologist and forensic evaluator in Oregon as they continue discussing some of your favorite movies, and the true crimes stories that …
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In this episode, Melissa guides listeners through an end-of-year self-inventory and reflection which will help set the stage for a 2024 goal-setting session. ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** 101 Stage Adaptations Follow the Podcast on Face…
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For our first season finale, we dive deep into the fascinating life of Truman Capote, the man often accredited for popularizing true crime creating the nonfiction fiction genre. The late great Philip Seymour Hoffman earned an Academy Award for his portrayal of the author in Bennett Miller’s Capote (2005). Toby Jones also attempted to capture the au…
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Christmas came early this year! We are dropping this episode a few days ahead of schedule to commemorate the 180th anniversary of the release of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The multi-talented Lavina Jadhwani stops by to discuss her adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was first produced when her script was discovered on New Play Exchang…
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Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood captivated the world when it was published in 1966. Richard Brooks adapted the book into a movie under the same name the following year. This week we explore Brooks’s film and discuss how truly it portrayed the 1959 murders of four members of the Clutter family, perpetrated by Richard “Dick” Hickock and Perry Smith. Pr…
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This week Hollywood screenwriter Greg Taylor stops by the show! Greg wrote the scripts for the 90s kids' classics, Harriet the Spy and Jumanji, as well as one of Melissa's favorite holiday films, Prancer, which Greg later adapted for the stage. In this episode, we discuss: How the late great Cloris Leachman influenced Greg's script The reindeer in …
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Everybody polka! This week we discuss Jan Lewan, Grammy nominated polka artist turned Ponzi schemer, and Jack Black’s depiction of him in Maya Forbes’s The Polka King (2017). Was Lewan a contriving money hungry criminal or a man who found himself in too deep? We will let you be the judge. Primary Sources: American Greed Podcast: The Polka King Con …
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Mike Dailey & Jacob Combs join Melissa this week to talk about their long-running holiday musical, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. In this episode, we discuss: Why Strawdog Theatre decided to adapt this beloved children's book Adding framing devices and length to a short story Casting a show that needs musicians, actors, singers, and acrobatic ty…
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This week Ashley and Remi discuss Noah Hawley’s Lucy in the Sky (2019), a film loosely inspired by former NASA astronaut Lisa Nowak. Join us as we uncover the details behind the riveting story which dominated headlines. Spoiler: It involves much more than soiled diapers. Primary Source: Moore, K. Star Crossed: The Story of Astronaut Lisa Nowak.Univ…
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Kate Hamill stops by the show to talk about Dracula, one of her many stage adpatations. This conversation is a full meal on taking risks, making writing fun, advocacy, and feminism. In this episode, we discuss: How Kate became a playwright on a bet with her friend The dramatic question she crafted for Dracula and some of her other works Intentional…
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Mark and Dave Shultz were viewed by many as the greatest wrestlers in the world, but their lives and careers would be uprooted less than a decade after they meet an eccentric multi-millionaire, John du Pont. Their story is portrayed in Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher (2014), featuring an all-star cast including Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, and Mark Ru…
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Happy Thanksgiving 2023! Melissa expresses her gratitude for the past year, reads a couple listener reviews, and invites you to join her upcoming newsletter. ***Sign up for the 101 Stage Adaptations Newsletter*** Leave a review on Apple Podcasts here and maybe it will be featured in an upcoming episode! Connect with host Melissa Schmitz ***Sign up …
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“The Windshield Murder” is regarded as one of the most bizarre and sensational crimes in Tarrant County. The details of the case, which inspired Stuart Gordon’s Stuck (2007), illustrate the fine line between murder and deliberate inaction. Primary Sources: Court TV My Plainview Tampa Bay Times CNN CBS Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: crimi…
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This week is the conclusion of the interview with Alayna Jacqueline & Hannah Joyce from the Playwrights' Center, who offer so much wisdom and practical advice for playwrights. In this episode, we discuss: Current trends in playwriting Diagnosing script issues in the rehearsal room Advice for playwrights just starting out Getting out of Development …
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How far would you go to support the person you love? Would you rob a bank and hold eight employees hostage for 14 hours to pay for your partner’s gender reassignment surgery? This week we talk about the infamous bank robbery depicted in Sidney Lumet’s Oscar winning film Dog Day Afternoon (1975), starring Al Pacino. Primary Sources: The Dog (2013) L…
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This week is Part 1 of 2 where Melissa interviews fellow theatre artists/arts administrators/podcasters Alayna Jacqueline & Hannah Joyce from the Playwrights' Center. In this episode, we discuss: The Playwrights' Center and its many programs and offerings Who can become a member What the PWC has coming up in the near future The excitement of workin…
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Corey Finley’s and HBO’s Bad Education (2019), staring Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney, gained praise from critics and viewers. How did Frank Tassone and Pam Gluckin pull off the largest public school embezzlement scheme in US history? Primary Sources: New York Daily News Vanity Fair Town & Country History vs. Hollywood Esquire Instagram: @Criminal…
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*Subscribe to the 101 Stage Adaptations newsletter* Melissa was elated to chat with Lauren Gunderson about her brand new musical adaptation of The Time Traveller's Wife, which just premiered on London's West End. Lauren wrote the book, & the music & lyrics are by Dave Stewart & Joss Stone. In this episode, we discuss: How Lauren got the gig to adap…
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Wes Craven’s Scream (1996) is a cult classic and regarded by many as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, but did you know it was inspired by the real life robbery, rape, and murder spree of Danny Rolling aka The Gainesville Ripper? Strap in because it’s going to get gory. Primary Source: Hunter, J. T. A Monster of All Time: The True Stor…
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Melissa was thrilled to speak with fellow theatre podcaster Sean Hayden. If you are not familiar with his podcast, Stage Combat: A Mental Health Story, it is one of the most important theatre podcasts out there. And if you have listened his podcast, and you're not caught up, be warned that this conversation contains spoilers. In this episode, we di…
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Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures (1994) helped launch the careers of two of the biggest names in Hollywood, Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. How accurate is the movie adaption of New Zealand’s infamous 1954 murder? Primary Source: Graham, Peter. Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century. Skyhorse, 2011. Instagram: @CriminalAdaptations Email us: c…
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The delightful Sandy Rustin drops by the podcast to discuss her adaptation of Clue, which is the most-produced play in high schools for many years running. On the way to discovering Colonel Mustard in the Library with the Wrench, Melissa discovers Sandy's place in soap opera history and their mutual love of cooking. In this episode, we discuss: How…
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What do you get when you mix Michael Bay, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Mark Wahlberg, and Anthony Mackie? 2013’s blockbuster film Pain & Gain. This story has it all: body builders, kidnapping, torture, fraud, and murder. This case was so complex, we had to split it into two episodes. In Part I, Remi will tell you all about the film. Part II will tack…
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