Hey there! Welcome to the new TheatreUnleashed.org! Nice to see you. It’s been a while. You look great. Have you lost weight?
So yeah! Check out the new digs. A whole brand-new website, and it’s all ours.
Greg‘s been working on this thing for a few months and now that it’s live, maybe he can finally get some slee- DON’T TOUCH THAT.
Ahem. Sorry. It’s just that, well, the “paint’s still wet” in a few places. Know what I mean? We still have a few things that are under construction.
As time goes on, you’ll see a few changes. Like we’re still finishing styling the site for tablets and mobile devices. That’s a top priority and will be the first major roll-out now that we’re up and running. We’ve also already found a couple bugs we’re working on fixing (yes, we know that when you look at acting and production credits on member profiles, they’re showing up out-of-order). And we’re going to roll out push notifications soon, so you never miss an update!
But that’s all coming soon. Let’s talk real fast about what this new site already can do, and what it’s supposed to be. Greg’s always wanted the company website to be a digital scrapbook, giving us a digital repository for all of our memories of productions and members past, present and future. With that in mind, as of right now we have most of the 2018 season imported, and we’re working on assembling and uploading profiles for all 100+ of our previous productions from our illustrious 11-year history. We also have more than half of the current ensemble set up with artist profiles, and we’re working with the rest of the members to get them online.
More than that, though, we’ve created a platform where members can share their major career news on our company blog, where patrons can leave reviews of our shows directly on the production pages, and where you can buy tickets and make donations through Artful.ly, our Patron Management System, directly on our site without ever having to leave!
We’re really excited about this new setup, and we hope you will be, too. So click around and enjoy! And if you find a bug or have any questions, leave a comment on this post or drop us an e-mail.
Onward and upward.
Brandie June, along with co-designer Erica Palay, has joined Project Nunway LA as a designer for their charity fashion show happening later this month. Project Nunway LA is an event presented by the Los Angeles Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence where designers encouraged to “to stretch the absolute limits of their boundaries to create one surrealistic look that bends the perceptions of reality, ignites the senses, and tells a story while the model and garment make their way through our three-ring circus themed Nunway.” This year’s theme is Cirque Des Soeurs (Circus of Sisters) and promises to be a memorable evening with special guest performances and an after party following the runway show. All proceeds from Project Nunway LA will be going to Alliance for Housing and Healing, which provides provided vitally needed housing and support services to people struggling with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness in Los Angeles.
About Brandie June
Brandie initially joined Theatre Unleashed as an actor, before branching out into costume design and playwriting. Her first stand-alone play, a dark comedy about Oscar Wilde, premiered last summer at the Hollywood Fringe Festival. She loves storytelling in all sorts of formats and spends her days marketing animated movies and her lunch breaks writing fantasy novels in coffee shops. Her first novel, one involving a cursed toad and creatures of mythology, is currently being submitted to publishers by her agent, Steve Hutson of WordWide Media Services. You can follow her at www.BrandieJune.com or @brandiejune.
About Project Nunway
Project Nunway LA: Cirque Des Soeurs will be January 26, 2019 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Vertigo Event Space in Glendale. Additional information and link to buy tickets are here.
Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce auditions for our 2019 spring production, Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Heidi Powers!
DID YOU KNOW…
…that the concept of computer programming was first conceived by a woman, Ada Lovelace?
…that Ada was the abandoned daughter of the poet, Lord Byron?
…that, while driven by her mother to pursue mathematics, Ada secretly wrote poetry?
…that Ada and her scientific partner, Charles Babbage, had a complex relationship?
…that Ada dreamed of a world where computers would create music?
Help the Theatre Unleashed team make Ada’s dream a reality with the Los Angeles premiere of acclaimed playwright Lauren Gunderson’s exquisite Ada and the Engine. Directed by Heidi Powers (Bronies! The Musical) and choreographed by Roger Fojas (Lucent Dossier), this not-exactly-a-musical play will include dance representations of the Babbage Engine, as well as other movement pieces that visualize the technology and dance of the era. We aim to bring life to these complex characters by telling their deeply moving true story in surprising ways.
Seeking actors comfortable with movement; also casting three singing roles. All ethnicities/types welcome for all roles.
Auditions will be at studio/stage on Saturday, Jan 19th from 11 AM-4:30 PM and Sunday, January 20, 5 PM-10 PM with callbacks on Thursday, January 24th, 7 PM-11 PM.
Actors interested in auditioning should submit a headshot, resume in PDF format, and links to any relevant reel material via e-mail to Company Manager Erin Moore. Auditions are by invitation only. If you are invited to audition, please bring a headshot/resume to the audition and come dressed to move. The audition will consist of a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue and a 16-bar vocal/general dance call.
Actors are strongly encouraged to read the play beforehand and be familiar enough to discuss the text with the production team in the audition.
Callbacks shall consist of cold reading sides and a second dance call.
Performances will be at studio/stage Thursday-Sunday nights March 21st-31st, 2019 with a Saturday matinee each weekend.
About Ada and the Engine
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul-mate, Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where art and information converge – a world she might not live to see. A music-laced story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future. Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
ADA BYRON LOVELACE. Character age during the play ranges 18-36. A mathematician; a poet at heart. Curious, wry, self-aware. Above all, bright, in every sense. Singing role, any range welcome. Must move well.
CHARLES BABBAGE. Character age during the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s scientific partner and closest friend. A quietly burning furnace of ideas and ideals. More capable of dreaming than doing. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.
LADY ANABELLA BYRON. Character age during the play ranges 35-55. Ada’s fierce tiger of a mother. Handles her out-of-control life by exerting control on her daughter. Hates poets; once loved a poet. Also in movement ensemble.
LORD LOVELACE. Character age in the play ranges 25-45. Ada’s proud and proper husband. A literal man, if not a particularly literate one. Content with a monochromatic life, he cannot even begin to perceive all the colors that Ada can see. Also in movement ensemble.
BYRON. Character age during the play is 36. The spirit of Ada’s late father, the famous (and infamous) poet. Charming and passionate; quick-witted and brash… and regretful. Singing role, any range welcome. Also in movement ensemble.
MARY SOMMERVILLE. Character age in the play ranges 40-60. Ada’s mentor and Charles’ colleague. Equal parts warm and sharp, supportive and practical. Also in movement ensemble.
About Theatre Unleashed
Theatre Unleashed is an itinerant 501(c)(3) Non-Profit membership-driven ensemble theatre company, currently producing at studio/stage in Hollywood, CA. The company’s mission is to embody original stories, shed light upon lesser-known works by known playwrights, and put new twists on old favorites; all for discerning Los Angeles audiences. Theatre Unleashed is an Actors Equity Approved Membership Company and produces under the Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.
TU member, Ann Hurd has joined the cast of Chronicle, a Star Trek Fan Audio Production, written by David MacDowell Blue. “Join four young officers aboard the USS WITCH OF ENDOR, the fastest ship Starfleet has ever had, venturing into a part of space where the Federation has never been before. Well, they went there once before. Just the once. No one knows what happened. Yesterday is waiting for the starship and her crew.”
Ann has taken on the role of Ens. Athena Azurian, who is an Exobiologist. She is passionate yet stoic, stubborn but loyal. Ann is thrilled to be part of this project as it’s been a long time dream of hers to be on an episode of Star Trek. Perhaps this will help pave the way there.
The series is currently in production and is expected to air in June 2019. It will be posted to YouTube and Vimeo.
(The image is concept art of Ens. Azurian with the ship, USS Witch of Endor.)
About Ann Hurd
At Theatre Unleashed, Ann Hurd is best known for her performance as Val in Cannibals Alone by Steph DeFerie. She has also performed in a handful of films with its sister film production company, Hold For Plane Pictures. You may also spot her on an upcoming episode of People Magazine Investigates in February on Investigation Discovery. Check out her website to see her in action!
Ann Hurd is managed by Hollywood Original Talent and is currently seeking representation.
TU’s Managing Director Gregory Crafts will be writing a new ten-minute play for Force of Nature Productions‘ upcoming Once Upon a RUSH. Similar to Theatre Unleashed’s signature 24-hour shows, the theme for this incarnation of the Rushes is “Disney Princesses and what happens after ‘Happily Ever After.'”
Once Upon a Rush will be performed February 21st-24th at The Belfry Stage in North Hollywood, CA. For information about tickets and performance times, please check www.fonproductions.com.
About Gregory Crafts
Gregory Crafts has been writing original plays for over ten years. Three of his plays have landed with major publishing houses (Friends Like These, Super Sidekick: The Musical, Yellow Means Caution), and a fourth, Three Can Keep a Secret, is currently being shopped around. Through TU’s 24-hour shows and playwright-driven productions like Play/Time and Passages, he has written over thirty original ten-minute plays. He has a number of new scripts currently in development, including a superhero thriller tentatively titled Superior, a pair of musicals with writing partner Michael Gordon Shapiro, and a slapstick comedy about the worst Christmas Carol ever produced with fellow scribes Jim Blanchette and Jacob Smith. For more information about Greg or his plays, he recommends checking out his official website.
What are The Rushes?
Defining such an unusual event is best left to its creators: “Force of Nature started this tradition in 2016 when, on a fateful Wednesday, a theater owner friend asked if we had anything we could put up in his space for 3 days the following weekend. Not really known for saying “no”, we quickly contacted our team of writers with a challenge: To deliver a 10 minute script by the next morning about anything that inspired them. Scripts were turned in by noon on Thursday and a team of actors were called in to rehearse these scripts blindly that Saturday and Sunday. Costumes, make-up, sound and props were selected just as fast as we rehearsed along and by the following Thursday, exactly one week from when the scripts were delivered, we all came together to tech the show. The show then opened on Friday and played the weekend to SOLD OUT houses each night! The cast was fantastic, the audiences cheered and loved it, the theater owner was pleased and everyone had a wonderful time and we celebrated our accomplishment!”
Header image by LordSantiago.