Happy New Year! Mark your calendars!

Kicking off 2018 with a bang, I’ve got two big events coming up in the next week and a half! First off, Theatre Unleashed is holding a huge yard sale of costumes, props, and other equipment. Second, I’m hosting a staged reading workshop of my new play, The Anniversary Issue, at studio/stage!

Theatre Unleashed Yard Sale!

First off, this Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! Theatre Unleashed is having a big ol’ yard sale! We’ve emptied out our storage unit and we’re selling off costumes, props, lighting equipment… pretty much anything that’s not nailed down!

In case you’re wondering what this is all about, check out our announcement from last fall. We’re not shutting down; instead, we’re taking 2018 to focus on fundraising, and part of that entails cutting back on our operational overhead for the year as we save for 2019. So, we’re moving out of The Belfry Stage for the year, we’re getting rid of our storage unit (and most of the stuff in it), and we’re only producing Fringe shows and our annual holiday rep this year. Fringe, because we’ve been a staple there since the beginning and we dare not miss it, and the Holiday Rep because those shows are immensely popular, consistently successful, and will help us start off our next season strong.

Where was I? Oh yes! The details!

When: Sunday, January 7th from 11am-3pm
Where: The Belfry Stage, Upstairs @ The Crown
11031 Camarillo St., North Hollywood, CA 91602
What: Costumes, Props, Lighting equipment, and more.

For more info, check out the Facebook event.

Come on by!

The Anniversary Issue at studio/stage

Now, the other thing… during my six-hour red-eye to Massachusetts for the holidays, I managed to grind out the final 40 pages of The Anniversary Issue, a script I’ve been developing on-and-off for the last year and a half. It’s an expansion of a one-act I wrote in 2014 about a married couple with super secrets. Next Saturday at studio/stage, I’ll be hosting a staged reading of the completed first draft.

This is a workshop reading of a play that’s in the very early stages of development, so it’s going to be rough. There will be plot holes, loose threads, things that don’t make sense. Hearing it out loud is incredibly helpful for me as I make changes and edits, as is feedback from an audience. Oh yeah, feedback. About that. After the reading is done, I’ll open the floor to questions and comments from the audience. I want your thoughts; your opinions may help shape the story going forward. Pretty cool, huh? So, if you’d like to take a peek behind the curtain at how a play is developed, please come on by!

When: Saturday, January 13th, 2pm-5pm
Where: studio/stage, 520 N. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004
How Much: FREE, but RSVPing is strongly recommended. You can reserve a complimentary ticket online.

For more information, check out the Facebook event!

Synopsis of The Anniversary Issue:

It’s Kevin and Stephanie Connolly’s tenth 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 a decade of matrimonial bliss, but when a powerful supervillain’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 The Script

This new work by L.A. playwright Gregory Crafts explores the themes of rebuilding trust and finding true balance and equality in a relationship plagued by toxic masculinity, suppressive patriarchal attitudes, and casual misogyny through the lens of modern heroic fantasy. It is intended to be a spectacular physical piece, incorporating devised movement, illusion, and elements of Japanese Kabuki theatre; imagine seeing a Marvel movie live on stage.

Scenes from this show have been performed live at Theatre Unleashed, Short+Sweet Hollywood, and Serial Killers at Sacred Fools. This will be the first time the script has been read publicly in its entirety.

Donations are not required but are both appreciated, and a tax write-off, as 100% of any proceeds of this event go directly to Theatre Unleashed, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

Water, coffee, and snacks will be provided.