Boston Screenwriter Martha Bradford Papadopoulos Writes Scripts Destined for Independent Film Makers and Hollywood

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Her new script, ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM, is a coming-of-age story set in 1965 at the height of Beatlemania.

Beatlemania was an intense but fleeting state...before we knew it, the Beatles stopped touring, we grew up and Beatlemania ended.

Boston scriptwriter, Martha Bradford Papadopoulos, writes about life, love, and marriage inspired and infused by the musical icons and aura of the 1960s. From local coffee shops, tennis courts, and soccer fields to her SUV parked at her favorite spot in Scituate overlooking the ocean, Martha wrote in between raising a family and managing a startup business.

Most writers will tell you that they have to be disciplined with their time, but mom writers must take that discipline to a new level. Martha shared, “After I drove my older son to his bus stop at 6:20 in the morning, I wrote until 8:30. Then I readied my younger son for his 9:00 a.m. drop off at school. I wrote during baseball, basketball and soccer practices and games, in the stands, on the field, in the car. I wrote in the waiting rooms of doctor’s offices, at the skate boarding park, on Dunkin Donuts’ napkins, scraps of loose paper, in notebooks, whatever I could get my hands on. I wrote in between everything and everybody else.”

Martha studied screenwriting with Professor Richard Walter, Co-head, Screenwriting Program at UCLA. “What a phenomenal learning experience that was.” Martha also attended Boston’s Emerson College and graduated with a Certificate in Screenwriting. She’s participated in numerous Cape Cod Writers Group workshops over the years and, recently, has continued her learning in an online format at ScreenwritersU. “It was a very intensive program which lasted for nine months and included daily assignments during the ten modules that were presented. The experience mimics what a produced writer goes through when writing for the Hollywood market - we were pushed to the edge doing what full time writers do. I loved it!”

Her recent script, ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM, a coming of age story, centers on two teenage girls, Beatlemania and family life set in the mid-1960s. (Martha still has the “shift” dress and quilted pocketbook that were so popular in 1965 which are also featured in the script.) The story is filled with the pursuit and disappointment of adolescent dreams. Music from the ‘60s is juxtaposed with music of the ‘40s. The result is a nostalgic, musical romp - a snapshot of adolescent, Beatlemaniac life, circa 1965.

Inspired by her own teenage experiences and friendship with her best Beatlemaniac friend, Sherryl, writing ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM fulfilled her teenage dream of seeing the Beatles perform at the most iconic rock n’ roll concert ever staged, the Beatles at Shea Stadium in New York City on August 15, 1965.

“My pal, Sherryl, and I wanted to see the Beatles so badly but our tickets to Shea got lost in the mail. Then a miracle happened when Sid Bernstein, the concert's promoter, sent us Press Passes to the historic concert. But, on the way to New York City, my father’s car got a flat tire and we were late for the concert.” ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM is about that night, August 15, 1965, what leads up to it and its aftermath.

ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM is dedicated to Sherryl whom Martha hasn’t seen in over forty years. “Sherryl and I plotted and planned, lived and breathed to meet the Beatles. Beatlemania was an intense but fleeting state. I have a photograph of the Beatles in their limousine when Sherryl and I managed to see them. But, before we knew it, the Beatles stopped touring, we grew up and Beatlemania ended.”

The story weaves together real life experiences and fiction. Says Martha, “ROAD TO SHEA STADIUM is how I wanted the story to unfold; this is my ending!”

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