SOURCE: Zhura

March 17, 2008 08:30 ET

Zhura and Improv Asylum Offer Aspiring Writers the Chance to Write for a Live Sketch Comedy Performance on April 12th

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2008) -


News Facts

-- Aspiring writers have the opportunity to write material for a live performance at New England's premier sketch comedy theater, Boston's Improv Asylum for a show called "You Wrote It, Live."

-- Zhura is the only Web-based screenwriting tool and community where writers of all levels can choose to work privately on projects, collaborate in private with their friends or collaborate with the global public community, all for free.

-- Material on Zhura can be nominated for "You Wrote It, Live" from March 17th through April 7th to be performed live at midnight as a free performance at Improv Asylum on Saturday, April 12th.

-- Anyone from anywhere in the world can create or nominate material for this performance.

-- On Monday, March 17th, head writers at Improv Asylum will begin reviewing nominated content on the site and interacting with writers through the site's collaborative capabilities to offer feedback on the scripts. Finalists will be selected for the show by Monday, April 7th.

-- Through casting, table reads, final edits and tech rehearsals, the head writers will determine the final "You Wrote It, Live" content.

-- The show will be taped and posted on Zhura.com for viewing across the world.

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About the Program

ImprovAsylum

Quote, attributable to Eric MacDonald, CEO and Founder, Zhura

"This program exemplifies what Zhura is all about: providing writers with the most powerful screenwriting application online and offering them projects in which they can write and interact with each other. Through this program, our members have the opportunity to develop a script which ultimately has the potential of being performed by a professional cast in front of a live audience. We could not have asked for a better partner for 'You Wrote It, Live.' Improv Asylum has been providing professional comedy to the Boston area for more than 10 years and we're proud to be pioneering this initiative with them."

Quote, attributable to Norm Laviolette, Owner, ImprovAsylum

"What I love about 'You Wrote It, Live' is that for the first time in our history, we are giving aspiring writers the unique opportunity to have an actual professional experience. Our head writers will be reviewing and commenting on their scripts, and if selected, their material will be edited, rehearsed and acted just as if they were writing professionally for us. The other truly unique aspect of this show is that material could come from anywhere in the world. That is the beauty of Zhura as a Web-based writing tool -- people can access, contribute or nominate material from anywhere across the globe."

About Zhura

Based in Boston, MA, Zhura aims to fundamentally change the way writers develop ideas and create scripts. As an innovative visionary of technology, Zhura creates software to meet the sophisticated demands of today's writers looking to migrate from restrictive desktop applications to a more intelligent and flexible Web-based solution. Zhura is a powerful Web-based scriptwriting tool for writers who want to easily create scripts of all kinds, in a professional, industry-standard format and/or collaborate with like-minded people from around the world. Zhura allows users to share ideas or scripts and to read and comment on the work of others as part of a diverse writing community. As the only collaborative Web-based screenwriting tool with an industry standard user interface, Zhura has the potential to open doors for aspiring writers by bringing them professional grade tools and the ability to build a writing network without the expense and limitations of packaged software. Founded in 2007, Zhura is privately held and funded. For more information, visit www.zhura.com.

About Improv Asylum

Improv Asylum has performed more than 3,000 shows for over 600,000 people, making audiences laugh some 25 million times. The critically-acclaimed improv and sketch comedy company boasts six weekly shows at their 216 Hanover Street theater in Boston's North End. Improv Asylum has been featured on HBO. Improv Asylum, www.improvasylum.com, 617-263-6887

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