WONDER DRUG has a producer!

18 Oct

WONDER DRUG's new producer Alysia Reiner

Actress Alysia Reiner is now attached to produce and star in  WONDER DRUG, an award-winning scientific drama by DES Daughter Caitlin McCarthy. Alysia just wrapped the film BACKWARDS, in which she also held dual roles of actress and producer.

Winner and nominee in over 20 international film festival screenplay competitions and labs, including the prestigious Hamptons Screenwriters Lab as an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation script, WONDER DRUG is inspired by the true story of DES (diethylstilbestrol), a toxic, carcinogenic drug seen as a medical miracle to help women with pregnancy issues and a cash cow for pharmaceutical companies upon its creation.

Alysia and Caitlin first met at the 15th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, when Alysia starred with Steve Guttenberg in a live staged reading of WONDER DRUG that was co-sponsored by the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and directed by Tom Gilroy (who previously acted as Caitlin’s mentor on WONDER DRUG at the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab).

Last year, Alysia starred alongside her husband David Alan Basche in a standing-room-only live staged reading of WONDER DRUG at New York City’s Manhattan Theatre Club, again directed by Tom Gilroy.

Alysia is an award-winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist, and widely recognized for her role as Christine, Jack’s fiancée and then bride in the Oscar-winning film SIDEWAYS, for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble Cast). For more information, please visit www.alysiareiner.com.

In addition to WONDER DRUG, Caitlin has another feature film in development: RESISTANCE with Populus Pictures (based in London with facilities at Pinewood Studios) and UK director Si Wall. For more information, please visit www.caitlinmccarthy.com.

Full bios on Alysia and Caitlin can be found below.


WONDER DRUG Producer Alysia Reiner: Alysia Reiner is an award-winning actress, producer, mother, humanitarian, and outspoken environmentalist.

As an actress, Alysia won a Screen Actors Guild Award (Outstanding Performance for an Ensemble Cast) playing Christine, Jack’s fiancée and then bride, in the Oscar-winning film “Sideways.” Alysia’s other film credits include “Backwards”, “Not For Nothing,” “Arranged,” “Kissing Jessica Stein,” “One Last Thing,” “The A List,” “For Love of the Game” with Kevin Costner, “Row Your Boat” with Jon Bon Jovi, “The Narrow Gate,” “Hourly Rates,” “3 Body Problem,” and “The Stand In.” Most recently, “The Vicious Kind,” produced by Neil LaBute, premiered at Sundance and was nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards.

Among her many stage roles, she starred in the New York Premiere of “Pentecost” by Tony-winning playwright David Edgar, and starred in the provocative two character play “An Oak Tree” with Tim Crouch, which won a Special Obie Award. Her portrayal of June Miller in “Anais Nin: One Of Her Lives” was critically acclaimed, as was her turn in “Wasps In Bed” at The Beckett Theater, of which the New York Times wrote, “Alysia Reiner is priceless.”  Last summer she originated the role of Tina Modotti in “Modotti.” Other New York theater includes “Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy With A Somewhat Happy Ending” at The Public Theater, ” “Jayson With a Y,” “Manhattan Cassanova” with Mercedes Ruehl, and “Love in the Age of Narcissism” and “Dating Games,” both with her husband, actor David Alan Basche. Alysia has appeared on stages around the country; from the Sundance Filmmakers Lab in Utah to The Matrix Theatre in LA to The Forum Theater in New Jersey; and around the world from The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland to The Royal Court Theatre in London. This Fall she will be starring in the US premiere of A CHARITY CASE Off-Broadway.

Alysia’s many TV roles include “Blue Bloods,” “The Sopranos,” “Law & Order” (all 3 shows), “30 Rock,” “White Collar,” “Love Monkey,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “The Practice,” “The Jury,” “Family Law,” “Jack & Jill,” and series lead in the pilot “An Englishman in New York.”

Speed Grieving,” the short film that Alysia created, produced and stars in, had its World Premiere at The Hamptons International Film Festival, and has since been invited to over a dozen more film festivals and has won multiple awards. Recently, Alysia has shared the “Speed Grieving” story as a featured guest blogger on Huffington Post and Maria Shriver’s blog.

As a new mother, she was featured on Celebrity Baby Scoop, Stroller Traffic, People.com, Healthy Child Healthy World, Family Focus Blog, Today I Ate a Rainbow,  Your Green Baby, and others. She is a celebrity green momma spokesperson for Best for Babes, an organization that works to change how we view and support breast feeding, and gives moms the solutions they need to make it work.

Alysia is a champion of all things eco-friendly, and she and her husband recently used their own home as a way to share information about building green. Their brownstone renovation in Harlem was featured on television’s “World’s Greenest Homes” and “Renovation Nation”; in various magazines like Dwell, Gotham, and The Nest; and they allowed the environmentally friendly construction process to be chronicled on Web sites such as Dwell.com and Kohler.com.

She was recently recognized as an INTELLIGENT OPTIMIST in Ode Magazine and profiled by New York Women in Film and Television as a woman to watch.

Alysia is on the board of The Broad Collective, and is involved with many charities including The Cancer Support Community, Habitat for Humanity, Our Time Theatre Company, 52nd Street Project, and Actors for Autism, Joyful Heart Foundation, Comp2Kids, GEMS, and Circle of Health International.

For more information:

Twitter: @alysiareiner

Speed Grieving on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpeedGrieving

Speed Grieving website: www.speedgrieving.org

Alysia’s official website: www.alysiareiner.com

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/117840484840271132913/posts

WONDER DRUG Screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy: Caitlin McCarthyreceived her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, which is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best graduate programs in the country. An award-winning screenwriter at international film festivals and labs, Caitlin has two feature films in development: RESISTANCE with Populus Pictures and director Si Wall; and WONDER DRUG with actor/producer Alysia Reiner. In addition to screenwriting, Caitlin serves as an English teacher at an inner-city public high school. Prior to education, Caitlin worked in public relations, where she fostered relationships with the press and crafted messages for companies that were delivered worldwide. For more information, please visit Caitlin’s official website and profile on IMDb.

One Response to “WONDER DRUG has a producer!”

  1. DES Daughter January 22, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Great news 🙂

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