Writer speaks to Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotarians about new novel, movie rewrites

Writer Stephen Metcalfe, center, flanked by Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary President Diane Huckabee and Past President Steven Weitzen. Courtesy photo

Writer Stephen Metcalfe spoke to Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary recently about his new book and his career of dramatic writing for the stage, movies, and television.

Metcalfe wrote the production drafts for “Pretty Woman,” “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” and “Arachnophobia,” among many others. He has numerous stage plays and screen credits on his resume. More recently, he has taught dramatic writing at UCSD, USD, and SDSU while being an Associate Artist at the Old Globe. This is in addition to writing a second novel.

Metcalfe’s recently released novel, “The Tragic Age,” is a coming-of-age story about a 17-year-old in southern California who chooses steps along various paths that can lead to disaster or happiness. Reviewers have said that the book is “a really quick, enjoyable read,” “addresses issues such as death, suicide, sexuality, broken families, bullying,” and is “rich in humor, acute observations.”

Metcalfe answered many questions about his past and most interesting moments. One of them was about being interviewed for writing the production draft for “Pretty Woman,” which had been a dark drama before the rewrites. Rotarians and guests enjoyed learning more about this talented writer, now living in La Jolla, who had contributed to many stage, movie, and TV productions that they had seen and heard about.

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