Just Say Yes
JUST SAY YES is a feature film script. This drama, with comedy and supernatural elements, is the story of a rigid, workaholic art history professor who is reeling from the end of her marriage, when a caring and wise Angel – Roz – descends to encourage her to say yes to new experiences.
Professor Madeline East’s life is all work and no play. But when she starts saying “yes,” she goes overboard! And when she chooses carefree 23-year-old Jessica as her roommate, she gets lured into a world of excessive partying that threatens to destroy her career and reputation.
Yet, Madeline and Jessica are both in survival mode. Madeline hasn’t dated in years; Jessica has never worked a day in her short life. They must learn from each other. Each suffers break ups, falls in love way too easily, dates inappropriate men, experiments with new freedom (getting drunk, going to work hung over, risking getting fired).
Dude, a second angel, shows up to give the professor “guy” advice. He’s hot, always dressed it tight leather jeans. You would think the professor would listen to him. Not a chance! She’s having fun, for what seems like the first time in her life. She’s also missing deadlines for a major book deal. She’s up for tenure and falling asleep at her desk.
Girl Fly, a third angel, pops in to inspire creativity. The Trio of Angels offers Madeline pathways of balance and freedom. However, Madeline would rather take advice from the Russian salon worker who now gives her regular Brazilian wax treatments.
It’s only when the professor spirals to the bottom, loses her job, and lands in jail that she begins to really to listen to the Trio of Angels. With their guidance, Madeline regains control of her life. And when Madeline is betrayed by her roommate, the angels encourage her to forgive. This sincere act of forgiveness is a turning point.
Ultimately, the professor learns to trust herself and make better choices. She begins to understand the joy of finding a balance between work and play. JUST SAY YES is a heartbreaking story that’s sexy and a lot of fun.
Genres:Drama, Romance, Supernatural
Number of Pages:116
Country of Origin:United States
C.S. Hanson is an award-winning playwright with Off Broadway and regional credits. She also writes screenplays and is an active member with NY Women in Film and TV. Her plays have been produced in New York at the Cherry Lane, Theater for the New City, The Brick, and Metropolitan Playhouse, among other venues. Her plays have also been performed in Miami; Washington, D.C.; Denver; Pittsburgh; and Montreal. She has enjoyed residencies at such places as The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, where she was a Tennessee Williams Scholar. Her plays are published by Smith and Kraus, as well as by Applause Theater & Cinema Books. She is a four-time finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Hanson is an affiliated playwright at The Playwrights Center, a playwright member The Actors Studio (Playwrights/Directors Unit), and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
I’m a playwright, marketing writer, and a screenwriter.
My inspiration for Just Say Yes? For one year, I decided to say “yes” to every invitation. It was a year of ups and downs, and I really believe there must have been angels protecting me, or else I wouldn’t have survived bad dates, stupid decisions and lack of good judgement.
With thanks to the angels that protected said-writer from a near disastrous attempt to “get a life,” I am alive to say I want to seek opportunities to further develop this script.
After years of being a playwright, I am a newbie at screenwriting. But not a newbie at storytelling. After all, my plays have been produced off Broadway (The Cherry Lane) and in theaters across the country. I write stories about people in pursuit of the American dream. My characters are flawed but full of heart. My plays have been published by Smith and Kraus, and I have been fortunate in winning some awards (four-time finalist for the prestigious Heideman Award). Most recently, I had plays produced in the Montreal Fringe Festival, in the NY Fringe Festival, and at Theater for the New City (in New York City).
A few years ago, I received a full scholarship from Writers Boot Camp, a Los Angeles-based screenwriting school that was offering an intensive in NYC. I was the only woman in a classroom of young male writers (many who worked in TV). Happily, I wrote a screenplay titled JUST SAY YES.
And I had a blast! I am hooked. I am continuing to write screenplays and TV pilots. I am attracted to the visual medium of the screen, where story is not solely dependent on dialogue.
I’m passionate about JUST SAY YES because it is a story about two women who not only have much to teach each other about life and work and love, but who ultimately discover the power of forgiveness. I’m also crazy about this story because it has Superhero Angels. And let me tell you, I wouldn’t be alive and standing today without the special angels that continue to help me pursue my passion for writing.