Staff Writer, Season 3 of the FX drama THE AMERICANS, created by Joe Weisberg and starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys.
“I am writing a screenplay that is set in 1976 Boston, with a story that sits at the crossroads of the women’s lib movement, divorce, a high-tech computer start up company founded by the now famous, then unknown Ray Kurzweil, with the brief but significant appearance of the young Stevie Wonder. It’s about my mother’s divorce from my father (and thus about myself and my brother as kids) with the spine of the story stemming from my mother’s post-divorce career selling the 26 year-old Kurzweil’s first invention: a computer that could recognize printed text and could read the text out loud in a synthetic spoken voice. But like many ground-breaking inventions, the Kurzweil Reading Machine for the blind was both ahead of its time and slow to catch on — selling the machine to the public was a David and Goliath story of a new technological age. I like to say it’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore meets Social Network.”
Excerpt from an interview with Lara Shapiro on her screenplay TALKING BOOK.