The First Betrayal stage-play & screenplay – a Hiou & Messier collaboration – wins poster accolade from Alternative Film Festival

12/25/2021 – An early Christmas present came to us in the form of a nice accolade from the Alternative Film Festival for The First Betrayal promotional poster. More info and ALTFF Winners are here:

On Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1pm  EST we had a SKYPE TABLE READ for the feature film screenplay version  THE FIRST BETRAYAL (92 pages) by Arthur Hiou & Mike Messier.  Thanks to all of our friends and associates who took part in this opening step for the project, which you can watch here:

Update: 1/13/20 Arthur Hiou and I have been collaborating on a piece titled The First Betrayal. We’ve wrote it as a stage-play first and have recently finished the screenplay version. There is a second story planned. The story is about the life of a man named Constantine, who grows up on a military base in Egypt, isolated from others by his over-protective mother, after his Greek military father disappears.  Constantine’s escape from his loneliness comes from watching American gangster movies on his small TV after his mother goes to bed.

Years later, Constantine comes to Boston for college, where he meets his father’s side of the family and he struggles to fit in with their loud, over-the-top behavior. Constantine’s cousin Aristotle is just a few months younger than Constantine but much hipper to American ways. Aristotle introduces Constantine to a world of petty crime but Constantine takes to it a much deeper and much more dangerous level. The relationship of Constantine to the world around him and how he blurs fantasy into reality is the focus of The First Betrayal.

Arthur Hiou and myself became friends due to our mutual friendship with Joe Jafo Carriere . Joe was a great guy who was always pushing people in New England to collaborate on creative projects. After Joe passed away at a young age, Arthur and I become closer friends. Joe had told me about Arthur’s idea for a gangster story. After a few conversations, Arthur and I decided to pursue a writing partnership to honor both Arthur’s idea and Joe’s passion to help others. We’ve named one of the Aristotle’s henchman “Jafo” in honor of our buddy.

Arthur hosted a table read of the stage-play version of the script at his home in July, 2019, shortly before I moved out of New England. We have entered the stage-play version to several stage-play contests through Play Submissions Helper.

We are open to discussions with anyone looking to produce either the stage-play or feature film version.

Anyone looking to be involved with this project  please contact Mike at and/or Arthur at .

Below are photos from our table read at Arthur’s home with special thanks to the twenty or so talented New England Actors and Actresses who joined us for the process.


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