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.
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.
A multi-hyphenate creative artist, Greg resides in the Arts District of North Hollywood, California with his beloved wife, Jenn, and their three cats. He is a founding member of Theatre Unleashed and is proud to serve as its Managing Director. He is also a card-carrying member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity and the Dramatists Guild of America, a founding Board Member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles, an Ovation Voter, and a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
Besides pursuing creative endeavors, Greg’s interests include supporting local theatre, reading, playing video games, designing websites, participating in 5k mud runs, collecting comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and practicing Tae Kwon Do. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox. GregoryCrafts.com for more information.