Posted on June 7, 2021 at 3:27 pm

This morning – nineteen years after I first wrote down a list of characters including “Evan Goldman” and “Archie” and “Patrice”; eighteen years after Dan Elish and I started writing a show about those characters; thirteen years after that show premiered on Broadway and begat a novel published by HarperCollins, nine years after that show premiered on the West End, after over a thousand productions at junior high schools and middle schools, Jewish community centers, summer camps, youth theaters, concert halls in Japan, opera houses in Germany, and Korean worship centers, and after Robert Horn and I wrote a draft for Goodspeed, a draft for Broadway, a draft for licensing, a draft for London, a spec screenplay and then five drafts of an entirely different screenplay for Netflix – this morning, in a little town an hour north of Toronto, Tamra Davis and her team started shooting the movie of “13,” and I am awestruck and thrilled and surprised and grateful and deeply moved that my characters (who all have the same names they had in that first list nineteen years ago) will go on to have this amazing new life, and that they will continue to mean so much to so many people.