Happy Valentine’s Day from Theatre Unleashed

Happy Valentine’s Day from Theatre Unleashed

Ada and the Engine director Heidi Powers has come up with some incredible Ada Lovelace-themed Valentines! Grab one and send it to that special someone in your life with whom you share a mutual attraction, but etiquette and societal expectations mean you’ll never be able to express your true feelings for one another. You know who we’re talking about.

      

You’re welcome.

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.

Tickets are on sale now!

About Heidi Powers

By day, Heidi is a mild-mannered entertainment marketing and copywriting guru for the film industry. By night, she and her partners fight crime [where fight=write and crime=musicals.] She’s a third of musical team Greene/Powers/Moore; their Bronies! The Musical premiered at Hollywood Fringe where it won Best Musical. Third Street Theatre mounted a full production and an original cast album currently available on iTunes. The trio also wrote The Real Housekeepers of Studio City, and are developing Dahlia: A Los Angeles Musical, about the life of Elizabeth Short. Powers and Moore also collaborate on plays, screenplays, and one marriage. Their scripts for supernatural comedy Something Old and noir/children’s pilot Bubble Gumshoe were 2016 Page Awards semifinalists.

Writers’ Den Coordinator CJ Hoke Appears on the 2019 Bitch List

Writers’ Den Coordinator CJ Hoke Appears on the 2019 Bitch List

Writers’ Den Coordinator CJ Hoke (Camp Ragnarok) appeared in January on the 2019 Bitch List with her half-hour comedy pilot Production Choice!

About The Bitch List

From The Bitch List’s website:

“This list is of the entertainment industry’s best liked Bechdel Test passing scripts. The test is a very low bar to pass where 2 named women talk to each other about something other than a man. This list is here to encourage more inclusive story-telling and better dialogue on the page and in real life.”

A full list of this year’s scripts can be found here.

About CJ Hoke

CJ graduated from the University of Chicago in 2013 with double honors in unemployment French Language & Literatures and Theatre & Performance Studies. By day, she works as the script coordinator for ABC Daytime’s General Hospital. Otherwise, she’s best known for her five episodes of PencilInk Film’s award-winning dramady webseries, The Misselthwaite Archives, including one of the series’ most popular episodes, “The Secret”. Check out her website!

About Production Choice

Production Choice tells the story of an aging soap opera star who finds out she’s being replaced and decides to fight back to secure her legacy. It has placed in multiple competitions, including 1st Runner-Up in the 2017 Second City Training Center Original Sitcom Pilot Competition, 2nd Runner-Up (Comedy) in the 2018 Assistant List (A-List) Competition, Finalist in the 2017 WeScreenplay Television Competition, Quarter-Finalist in the 2018 Creative World Awards (Original Television Sitcom), Quarter-Finalist in the 5th Annual Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship, Quarter-Finalist in 2017 Final Draft Big Break Contest (Television, Half-Hour Pilot), Top 100 Script in 2017 Emerging Screenwriters Feature/Pilot Competition, and Second Rounder in the 2018 Austin Film Festival Comedy Teleplay Competition. Rights are available. 

Meet the cast of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson, opening March 21st!

Meet the cast of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson, opening March 21st!

Theatre Unleashed is proud to announce the cast of Ada and the Engine by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Heidi Powers, opening March 21st at studio/stage!

The Cast

Clockwise from top left:

* Member of the Theatre Unleashed Ensemble
æ Appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

 

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.

This production is presented under the auspices of the Actors’ Equity Los Angeles Membership Company Rule.

Ada and the Engine is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service.

 

Tickets on Sale Now

Learn more about the show on the production page.

Superhero drama Superior by Gregory Crafts gets workshop reading

Superhero drama Superior by Gregory Crafts gets workshop reading

Superior, Scene Two at Serial Killers, October 2017. Spoilers within.

Superior (working title, formerly known as The Anniversary Issue) is an ambitious and thrilling new action/drama stage play by Gregory Crafts. Join us this Sunday, February 10th for an intimate workshop reading of the latest draft! Stick around afterward to discuss the story and share your feedback! Snacks and drinks provided.

Superior
by Gregory Crafts

featuring
M-Pulse – Travis J. Dixon
Stephanie – Heather Lynn
The Owl – Caroline Sharp
Jonathan – Dallis Seeker
Maximus – Michael T. Coleman
Lady Voodoo – Julia Plostnieks

Workshop Reading
Sunday February 10th, 2018

1 PM – 3:30 PM
The Belfry Stage
11031 Camarillo St.
North Hollywood, CA 91602
*Please Note: The theatre is located inside St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, upstairs from Crown City Theatre Company.

2018 Workshop Reading of the First Draft! Spoilers within.

About the Play

First developed as a ten-minute play for Theatre Unleashed’s Play/Time in 2014, the script was re-mounted in August 2016 at Short+Sweet Hollywood, then expanded into a full-length play as a part of Serial Killers at Sacred Fools Theater later that year. A reading of the first full draft was organized in January 2018.

SYNOPSIS: It’s Kevin and Stephanie Connolly’s fifth wedding anniversary, and Kevin has a night of celebration planned for them. Of course, this means he won’t be going out on his regular patrol of Metro City as his alter-ego, M-Pulse, the self-appointed Eminence of Electromagnetism. But things should be fine without him for one night, right? Wrong. One would think that there could be no secrets left between a husband and wife after five years of matrimonial bliss, but when a powerful super villain’s attack interrupts Kevin and Stephanie’s date, a hero’s unmasking bears significant consequences for the Connollys. Consequences that will resonate and redefine their relationship forever.

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 TheseSuper Sidekick: The MusicalYellow 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, one of which premiers later this month with Force of Nature Productions. He has a number of new scripts currently in development, including 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.

Do you shop at Ralphs?

Do you shop at Ralphs?

Do you or someone you know shop at Ralphs (or another Kroger-brand grocery chain)?

You do? Awesome! We’d like to share with you you to an absolutely zero-effort way you and your friends and family can support Theatre Unleashed by doing something you already do regularly: shopping for groceries.

So, if you’re a regular at Ralphs, you probably have a rewards card. If you don’t have a Rewards Card, you want to get one. When you shop at Ralphs and use your rewards card, you can now designate Theatre Unleashed as a charitable beneficiary, and Ralphs will donate 0.5% of what you spend to the company through the Ralphs Community Contribution Program.

Now, we know half a percent doesn’t sound like a lot. It’s not. We literally get a nickel for every $10 you spend. That’s nothing.

But some of our members shop at Ralphs three or four times per week and the average bill can be anywhere from $20 to $100 per trip. That’s maybe fifty cents a week? Again, that doesn’t sound like much, but that adds up to $25 per year. Just from one person, and all at no additional cost to them.

Now multiply that $25 per year by just 50 people, and you have $1,250, or enough to cover our average marketing budget on a main stage show.

If you multiply that by the thousands of Ralphs shoppers that are on our Facebook, Twitter, and mailing list… suddenly we’re talking about being able to possibly cover an entire production with a year’s worth of contributions.

So, now that you see the benefit here, what do you do?

This literally takes 2 minutes. We know, because we’ve done it ourselves:

1) Go to http://www.Ralphs.com
2) If you don’t already have an account, create one.
3) Log in to your account on their site.
4) Register your Ralphs Rewards Card on your profile (you’ll need the number off the back of the card, or you may be able to look it up with your phone number).
4) Click “Community Rewards” on the left-hand menu
5) In the search field, enter “Theatre Unleashed”
6) We’re the first result. Click “Enroll” under our name.
7) Go shopping!

And that’s it! It really is that simple, and it works with other Kroger-family stores with Rewards Programs, so that means your family and friends that live in other regions can contribute, too! That includes:

  • Baker’s
  • City Market
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less
  • Foods Co
  • Fred Meyer
  • Fry’s
  • Gerbes
  • Harris Teeter
  • King Soopers
  • Jay C Food Store
  • Kroger
  • Owens Market
  • Pay-Less Super Markets
  • QFC
  • Ralphs
  • Smith’s Food and Drug

We’re here to put up the best theatre in Los Angeles. In order to do so, we need your help.

This is a really, really easy way to help.

Thank you.

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