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Woodard inks ‘Neat’ pact

HBO pays low six figures for rights to one-woman play

HBO has purchased rights to Charlayne Woodard’s one-woman play “Neat,” which explores the author’s childhood relationship with a beloved aunt and her own coming of age in the South.

The low-six-figure deal also has Woodard writing the HBO adaptation of “Neat” and reprising her starring role for the cable production. Michael Halpern is set to oversee the project for HBO. No director has been attached.

During 1997 and 1998, “Neat” ran at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York, the Seattle Repertory Co. and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

Woodard’s previous one-woman play, “Pretty Fire,” which she also wrote and performed, won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the NAACP Theatre Awards for best play and playwright. “Neat” returns to many of the characters and stories first seen in “Pretty Fire.”

Woodard also received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her role in the Broadway production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Film credits include “The Crucible,” “Eye for an Eye” and “One Good Cop.” She also had a recurring role on TV series “Chicago Hope.”

Woodard was repped in the deal by agents Pamela Wagner and Justen Dardis at APA and attorney Alan Harris.