"UNVEILED" a screenplay drama
Based on the book, "Unveilings, A Desert Journey."
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Author, screenwriter, and artist PATRICIA CLARK TAYLOR once lived, studied, worked, and traveled in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Now she publishes stories of her journey. Below, on this page, are her revolving 1970s photos of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel.
To date, this website about my amazing desert journey has 43,133 global visitors with daily referred traffic that is unknown. Some years ago, I created it to introduce my first book, Unveilings, A Desert Journey. Since that time, there is a revised version of Unveilings; there's also a version in color entitled Life, Love, and Religion in the Age of Petroleum.
THE ARRIVAL: In June of 1976, three years after the Arab Oil Embargo, a plane filled with American engineers and families (including pets) arrived from Rome in the dark of night in the midst of the Riyadh desert. The Riyadh Airport was a small white structure with a blinking red light on top. Inside the crowded waiting room, Arab families awaited our arrival with curiosity and amazement. After all, we were the aliens from another planet. What were we? Who were we? Friend or foe? We wondered the same about them. In the Riyadh airport lobby that night, I viewed women mysteriously veiled in black with men dressed in long white robes and red checkered headdresses. This incredible moment of arrival is one of the great memories of my life. I later wrote about it because, throughout decades of conflict, I continue to remember a moment when all of us in the airport that night (Arab or American) simply wished to know more about the "strangers" in the room.
BOOK EXPO AMERICA 2016
From the beginning of this writing journey, there was the idea to write a movie script. With the help of my writing partner, Shelvy Snead, I finished the script at the end of 2015; and, in order to reach a wider audience, we published it in book format The result is A Script Unveiled.
COPYRIGHT: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 2015
THE SCRIPT UNVEILED In the 1970s, authors Patricia Clark Taylor and Shelvy Snead were neighbors in a Maryland community on the Magothy River. For an entire decade, beginning in 1973, Patricia traveled with her engineer husband to Rome, Riyadh, and later to Israel. These were the years of the 1973 Arab Oil Embargo, the 1973 Arab Israeli War, the massive build up of Saudi Arabia, and a stronger American-Saudi alliance. These were also the years of peace plans initiated by Egypt's President Sadat followed by Israel's return of the Sinai to Egypt. With the murder of President Sadat, the Middle East fell more and more into chaos and Saudi became more and more powerful. During Patricia's return trips to Maryland, she related her stories of these dynamic years to neighbor Shelvy who encouraged her to organize her photos, notes, and many adventures and write them for others to read.
THE SCRIPT UNVEILED
Now, decades later, Patricia and Shelvy create a memorable screenplay epic story. "The Script Unveiled," a work of fiction, surrounds true, historic events as it follows the life of Catherine Turner, an American artist, who travels with her engineer husband and two sons. During these amazing years, the world changed drastically and Catherine’s life changed with it when she leaves her western world and enters a much different world filled with explosive, ever changing events
"I COULD NOT PUT THE SCRIPT DOWN UNTIL I FINISHED IT. THEN I CRIED FOR THIRTY MINUTES. I'VE NEVER READ ANYTHING LIKE IT. BRAVO!"
FOURTEEN YEAR OLD READER'S REACTION: "I JUST LOVED IT. MY FAVORITE CHARACTER IS BRAVE HASSA! AS FOR CATHERINE, THE ONLY PERSON TO PLAY HER IS ANN HATHAWAY!"
PATRICIA CLARK TAYLOR: "It took me, together with my writing partner, six years to write "The Script Unveiled." It's a uniquely complex story of life, love, and overpowering global events.
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
WE LANDED IN THE DARK OF NIGHT AND AWOKE TO A STRANGE NEW LAND.
WE BEGAN OUR NEW JOURNEY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DESERT
BEHIND HIGH WALLS.
MY ENGINEER HUSBAND, WAS FREED BY HIS WORK.
I WAS LEFT TO FIND MY OWN WAY OUT. …
AND SO I DID...
I learned that our actions have consequences that reverberate
far into the future.
What we sow is what we reap.
It's a law of nature and a universal law.
1967-1973 MY GLOBAL TRAVEL BEFORE RIYADH ...PATRICIA CLARK TAYLOR1967-1973 MY GLOBAL TRAVEL BEFORE RIYADH ...PATRICIA CLARK TAYLOR
1967 OKINAWA, COE BUILT RUNWAYS AT KADENA AIR BASE; 1970 KWAJALEIN, COE PART OF MISSILE PROGRAM; 1971 HAWAII, CONSTRUCTION OFFICE; 1973 JUNE, PATRICIA ARRIVES ITALY, COE MEDITERRANEAN OFFICE -- TALK BEGINS OF A MOVE TO RIYADH FOR NATION BUILDING; 1973 OCTOBER OIL EMBARGO1967 OKINAWA, COE BUILT RUNWAYS AT KADENA AIR BASE; 1970 KWAJALEIN, COE PART OF MISSILE PROGRAM; 1971 HAWAII, CONSTRUCTION OFFI...
IN THE FAR EAST AND IN EUROPE, PATRICIA WORKS AS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR REVLON COSMETICS; LATER SHE WORKS AS A REVLON REP IN SAUDI ARABIAIN THE FAR EAST AND IN EUROPE, PATRICIA WORKS AS A REPRESENTATIVE FOR REVLON COSMETICS;...
IN ITALY PATRICIA HOPES HER FAMILY WILL NOT MOVE TO RIYADH WITH THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS FOR THE SAUDI CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMIN ITALY PATRICIA HOPES HER FAMILY WILL NOT MOVE TO RIYADH WITH THE U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ...
CAMELS IN THE DESERTCAMELS IN THE DESERT
RIYADH 1976 -- PATRICIA ARRIVES IN RIYADHRIYADH 1976 -- PATRICIA ARRIVES IN RIYADH
RIYADH DESERT HOMESRIYADH DESERT HOMES
GAS STATION, RIYADHGAS STATION, RIYADH
Riyadh Gas Station with DonkeyRiyadh Gas Station with Donkey
WADI HANIFA, RIYADHWADI HANIFA, RIYADH
1976. SUCH WERE THE SCENES WE SAW FROM OUR CAR EACH DAY AS WE DROVE INTO RIYADH.1976. SUCH WERE THE SCENES WE SAW FROM OUR CAR EACH DAY AS WE DROVE INTO RIYADH.
RIYADH DESERT LUAU IN OUR DESERT COMPOUNDRIYADH DESERT LUAU IN OUR DESERT COMPOUND
CAMEL RACES, RIYADH. CAMEL RACES, RIYADH.
SAUDI NATIONAL GUARDSAUDI NATIONAL GUARD
CAMEL SADDLE -- ONE OF THE AMERICAN FAMILIES IN RIYADH AWOKE ONE MORNING TO THIS SCENE IN THEIR FRONT YARD. WITHIN A FEW DAYS THE BEDOUIN MOVED ON.CAMEL SADDLE -- ONE OF THE AMERICAN FAMILIES IN RIYADH AWOKE ONE MORNING TO THIS SCENE ...
CAMELS IN THE DESERT ON OUR DRIVE TO AL BATIN JUST AFTER KKMC (KING KHALED MILITARY CITY) GROUND BREAKING CEREMONYCAMELS IN THE DESERT ON OUR DRIVE TO AL BATIN JUST AFTER KKMC (KING KHALED MILITARY CIT...
PATRICIA AND RANDY ESCAPE RIYADH FOR A TRIP TO ITALY WITH FRIENDSPATRICIA AND RANDY ESCAPE RIYADH FOR A TRIP TO ITALY WITH FRIENDS
GOAT HERDERGOAT HERDER
RIYADH 1977RIYADH 1977
GOAT GRAB, RIYADH DESERT PARTYGOAT GRAB, RIYADH DESERT PARTY
GOAT GRAB, RIYADH DESERT PARTY -- PATRICIA WORKED FOR CONTRACTOR PA&E AS EVENT COORDINATOR FOR THIS EVENT AND MANY OTHERSGOAT GRAB, RIYADH DESERT PARTY -- PATRICIA WORKED FOR CONTRACTOR PA&E AS EVENT COORDINA...
AS EVENT COORDINATOR, PATRICIA WORKED WITH EGYPTIANS IN RIYADH TO PLAN RECREATION EVENTS ON AMERICAN BASES IN RIYADH. SHE SHARED THE EGYPTIAN EXCITEMENT WHEN PRESIDENT SADAT WENT TO JERUSALEM FOR PEACE. SHE JOINED EGYPTIAN FRIENDS IN CAIRO TO CELEBRATE PRESIDENT SADAT'S PEACE INITIATIVE WITH ISRAEL. AS EVENT COORDINATOR, PATRICIA WORKED WITH EGYPTIANS IN RIYADH TO PLAN RECREATION EVENT...
PATRICIA IN CAIRO FOR CELEBRATION PARTYPATRICIA IN CAIRO FOR CELEBRATION PARTY
CAIRO CELEBRATION FOR PRESIDENT SADAT'S PEACE INITIATIVECAIRO CELEBRATION FOR PRESIDENT SADAT'S PEACE INITIATIVE
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT. WHILE IN CAIRO, PATRICIA JOINED FRIENDS FOR A TWO DAY TRIP TO ANCIENT ALEXANDRIA.ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT. WHILE IN CAIRO, PATRICIA JOINED FRIENDS FOR A TWO DAY TRIP TO ANCIE...
COE PLAQUE FOR CHET, RIYADH, WHO DID AN OUTSTANDING PLANNING AND ENGINEERING JOB IN RIYADH. PATRICIA AND CHET WERE A TEAM FOR MANY SPECIAL EVENTS.COE PLAQUE FOR CHET, RIYADH, WHO DID AN OUTSTANDING PLANNING AND ENGINEERING JOB IN RIY...
GALILEE. AFTER A 1979 RETURN TO MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON, DC, CHET AND PATRICIA AND THEIR SONS TRAVEL TO TEL AVIV WHERE PATRICIA ATTENDS TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY FOR TWO SEMESTERS; CHET MANAGES SINAI CONSTRUCTION AS PART OF THE CAMP DAVID PEACE KEEPING PROCESS. CHET, WITH THE ARMY COE, WORKS SUCCESSFULLY WITH THE MULTINATIONAL FORCES AND OBSERVERS.GALILEE. AFTER A 1979 RETURN TO MARYLAND AND WASHINGTON, DC, CHET AND PATRICIA AND THE...
TEL AVIV PARTY CELEBRATING SINAI SUCCESS!TEL AVIV PARTY CELEBRATING SINAI SUCCESS!
TEL AVIV PARTYTEL AVIV PARTY
TEL AVIV PARTYTEL AVIV PARTY
PATRICIA AT TEL AVIV PARTYUPATRICIA AT TEL AVIV PARTYU
MULTINATIONAL FORCES AND OBSERVERS, SINAI DESERTMULTINATIONAL FORCES AND OBSERVERS, SINAI DESERT
DOME OF THE ROCK, JERUSALEMDOME OF THE ROCK, JERUSALEM
ENGINEERING A PEACE, SINAI, 1981/1982ENGINEERING A PEACE, SINAI, 1981/1982
ENGINEERING A PEACE, SINAIENGINEERING A PEACE, SINAI
UN FACILITY, GAZAUN FACILITY, GAZA
IN REMEMBRANCE...FOR ALWAYS...IN REMEMBRANCE...FOR ALWAYS...
PALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANKPALESTINIANS IN THE WEST BANK
JERUSALEM WALLSJERUSALEM WALLS
GOODBYE TO TEL AVIVGOODBYE TO TEL AVIV
BACK HOME IN MARYLAND, TRANSLATING MY GLOBAL VENTURE INTO A UNIVERSITY DEGREE AND WORK ON CAPITOL HILL. TRIED TO SHARE CONCERN OF A WEALTHY SAUDI ARABIA'S AFFECT ON GLOBAL CULTURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS TO A CONGRESS THAT HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. SAUDI OIL REIGNED SUPREME. .BACK HOME IN MARYLAND, TRANSLATING MY GLOBAL VENTURE INTO A UNIVERSITY DEGREE AND WORK ...
1984 - 86 AFTERWARDS WENT TO DALLAS, HIRED BY ROSS PEROT TO WORK FOR EDS. LATER, RECEIVED MASTER'S DEGREE AT DUKE UNIVERSITY; THEN RETURNED TO CAPITOL HALL LEGISLATIVE WORK. I WAS ON CAPITOL HILL FOR 9-11-2001. PETROLEUM POLITICS CONTINUED TO RULE THE DAY.1984 - 86 AFTERWARDS WENT TO DALLAS, HIRED BY ROSS PEROT TO WORK FOR EDS. LATER, RECEIVED MASTER'S DEGREE AT DUKE UNIVERSITY;...
ACROSS ROLLING DESERT SANDS...
BEYOND QUAINT DESERT VILLAGES...
I TRAVELED ON...
TO TEL AVIV
TO CAPITOL HILL
AND TO PEOPLE AND PLACES BEYOND...
IN AN AGE OF PETROLEUM.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. ~ Plato