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.

 

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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.

Check out this new hotness.

Check out this new hotness.

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.

Gregory Crafts pens new 10-minute play for Force Of Nature’s Once Upon a RUSH

Gregory Crafts pens new 10-minute play for Force Of Nature’s Once Upon a RUSH

TU’s Managing Director Gregory Crafts has written 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.'”

The new piece, titled Be Our Guest, is a raucous parody inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, follows Prince Adam’s former servants and explores what they’ve been up to since Adam and Belle’s nuptials. The show features FoN members Benjamin Scuglia as Cogsworth, Susan Dziama as Featherduster/The White Rabbit, Hettie Lynne Hurtes as Mrs. Potts, and Heidi Appe as The Wardrobe/Terk. Jonathan Fahn directs and lends his voice to Jiminy Cricket.

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.

 

About 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!”

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts is an award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with almost thirty years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt. After graduating from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003, Greg migrated to Los Angeles, California. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

In 2008, Greg co-founded Theatre Unleashed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre company located in North Hollywood, CA, and currently serves as its Managing Director, where he oversees the company’s operations. Greg is also a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, an Ovation Voter, and a founding board member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles.

In 2016, Greg and his wife Jenn teamed up to form a live event venue management company. On January 1st, 2017, the pair took control of studio/stage, a unique performance space located in L.A’s KoreaTown. Now working under the banner of The StageCrafts, Jenn and Greg are actively seeking new venues to add to their portfolio. Recently, Greg has been named the venue representative to the board of directors of the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

With what little free time he has, Greg enjoys supporting local theatre, reading historical fiction, shotgunning sci-fi shows on Netflix, playing video games, designing websites, participating in 5k mud runs, collecting comic books, playing Dungeons & Dragons, and practicing martial arts. He also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox.

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