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CHICKS GOTTA SWIM


Televangelist's betrayed wife teams with a hooker to sell sperm.


A world-class hooker running for her life from her mobster ex-lover
dreams of opening a sperm bank…but collides with and rescues
a luscious singer who’s raced in despair from her adulterous husband,
and auctions off that Famous Televangelist’s sperm.

What's love got to do with it? --Everything.


COVERAGE

"Thank you for Chicks Gotta Swim! I think you've created two amazing leading characters and a bunch of wonderful secondary characters. I really fell in love with and couldn't wait to see what would happen to both Sky and Lyn. … You managed to pull off a comedy with very strong emotional scenes and a lot of important things to say about women and men. You managed to blast away at stereotypes and prejudices with grace and humor."
CHIZ SCHULTZ, Executive Producer A SOLDIER'S STORY, Best Picture nomination, Academy Awards; Paul Robeson, PBS, Best documentary, International Documentary Award
"...I found myself fully immersed in each of these characters, felt that I knew who they were and as importantly cared about them. ...I think that all of the characters are very well defined. You offer for each a descriptive that is succinct as well as revealing. You expose to us their inner engines …This is the work of a very talented writer. …Dialogue…is where the writer shines. The rhythm and pulse of each character’s dialogue is exceptional."
BILL BOYLE (THE VISUAL MINDSCAPE OF THE SCREENPLAY), Consultant, Analyst, UCLA faculty, Screenwriter, Lecturer. Seminars.
"Just read your script. What a romp it is. Breathless pace."
Producer BUZZ MCLAUGHLIN, THE SENSATION OF SIGHT, Either/​Or Films, Author (THE PLAYWRIGHT'S PROCESS)
"Brilliant! Bravo, Karen!! Wonderful! And great ending."
New York Critic TISH DACE, Author (SKIPPING OVER QUICKSAND: Martin Sherman), leader of American Theatre Critics Association


SYNOPSIS

LYN, the luscious singer-songwriter wife of TED, a charismatic televangelist, adores her husband, so when she spots him with a prostitute Lyn’s life stops. Without a word she takes half their money, forges a new identity, and flies away into the night. When LYN awakes in paradise – at Eden’s Cliff Caribbean Resort – despair overcomes her will to start fresh, and she runs to leap off Eden’s cliff, but at its edge she’s tripped by an exotic beauty, SKY, who seems to Lyn a goddess sent to rescue her.

But while Lyn hides her identity (famous fugitive) Sky hides that she’s a world-class hooker running from her mobster ex-lover, GENO. Sky woos Lyn to join her sperm-selling business, which she's launching to upgrade her temporarily abandoned brothel. Meanwhile Ted, without a clue why Lyn left, is devastated his beloved is missing, then furious she’s absconded with a fortune, then bewildered when he receives proof she’s alive from the infamous Geno who demands a midnight meet where the televangelist and the mobster make a deal: Geno promises to capture and bring home the women. (He intends to murder his.)

When mishaps reveal Lyn and Sky’s identities they each want to lose the other, but it’s too late to split: their danger, finances, and feelings are far too entwined, so they flee Geno’s men, fly home, and publicly – at a nation-wide sperm donation telethon – launch their new enterprise with a media coup: Return of the Missing Wife. But now they’re in range of the men they fled. In multiple showdowns: Lyn confronts Geno – who’s driven a terrified Sky to bellow that she's proud to be a hooker; Sky and Geno clash on a rooftop; when Lyn refuses Ted's plea to 'come home and all is forgiven,' but instead, she auctions off his famous sperm at the celebrity telethon, Ted breaks in, breaks down, and confesses his adultery to the nation.

Then either Jack gets Jill or Jill gets even, but love’s got everything to do with it.

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