Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Logan Huffman (V), and Madeleine Martin (Californication) have signed on to join Krysten Ritter (She’s Out of My League) in the indie drama Refuge. Director Jessica Goldberg adapted the script from her own play, about “a young woman, Amy, forced to care for her younger brother and sister after her parents have abandoned the family and fled to Florida for a vacation from which they will never return.”
From the age breakdown, it looks like Ritter will play Amy, Huffman and Martin will play the younger siblings, and Geraghty will play Sam, a drifter that romances Amy. Hit the jump for the synopsis for Goldberg’s play.
Set in a rundown house somewhere in America, REFUGE tells the darkly funny and touching story of a young woman, Amy, forced to care for her younger brother and sister after her parents have abandoned the family and fled to Florida for a vacation from which they will never return. The siblings are in great need of care: Nat, a brain tumor survivor, is stuttering and barely able to move; and Becca is an Ecstasy-popping needy child. In a desperate attempt at connection, Amy brings home a drifter, Sam, for a one-night stand. But Sam is so lonely and lost that once he encounters this unusual family’s bonds of loyalty, he sees them as his only refuge. [Dramatists]
Variety named Goldberg one of the top 10 screenwriters to watch in 2007; Refuge appears to be her first produced feature film. Always great to have a new female voice in the industry.
You can read the first few pages of the play here to get a sense of the terse dialogue. I was tickled by the character description for Huffman’s character, Nat:
Amy’s brother, 20. The survivor of two massive brain tumors. He is handicapped.
I’m looking forward to the pairing of Geraghty and Ritter, who will also appear together in Audrey Hepburn’s Neck. But Huffman and Martin happen to play my least favorite character on their respective shows. To be fair, I haven’t watched V or Californication in some time. Maybe Becca Moody became tolerable in season four.
According to Risky Business, Refuge goes into production later this week in Southampton, New York.