Burn The Ships by Rick Hansberry | Script Revolution

Burn The Ships

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Life lessons from Hernan Cortez
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Life lessons alter the courses taken by a teacher and his student.
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Based on lessons created from the story of Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortez

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Burn the Ships

Life lessons alter the courses taken by a teacher and his student.

Not all drama is created equal.  Like horror and comedy, there are subgenres.  Perhaps a bit more subtle – but subgenres nonetheless.  Some drama scripts look to provide its readers/audience with a display of raw human emotion.  Others make a political statement, or serve up a slice of history in a palatable fashion.

Then there are dramatic scripts that primary focus on a theme: the need to tell the truth, or the danger of violating one’s ideals.  Or… in this instance… the human need to sometimes take away one’s own choices, in order to truly commit to a course of action.

Burn the Ships follows the dual storylines of Mr. Monroe – history teacher and part time hocky coach--and Carson, an impoverished student with few to no college options.  In class, Monroe entertains his students with the story of Captain Hernan Cortes burning his own ships during the conquest of Mexico, thereby commiting his soldiers fully to the fight.  He asks his class to apply the principle to their own lives; a thematic thread that plays out for each of the characters…  Carson. His fellow classmates. And ultimately Monroe himself.

Pure drama, Burn the Ships is perfect for a director looking to do a serious piece -  one with a strong intellectual bent.

Review by J.E. Clarke
Submitted: September 22, 2016
Last Updated: June 4, 2018

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The Writer: Rick Hansberry

Rick Hansberry is an award-winning screenwriter with more than 20 years of industry experience. With several produced credits on his IMDb page, Rick has written, produced and directed several short films. 2017 saw the release of two feature-length films, "Alienate" and "Evil In Her." 2018 brought the release of another award-winning short film, "My Two O'Clock" and a second micro-short, "Missed Stop" was released late in 2018 and is still screening in certain world-wide festivals. Rick has dozens of scripts available for production and is also interested in spec writing, collaborating and adapting stories for the screen. Go to bio

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