Do you ever wonder how a new play is developed? Well, for about a year now, I’ve been working on a new script called The Anniversary Issue. Just before Christmas last year, I finished the first full draft, and on Saturday, January 13th, Jenn and I gathered a cast of Theatre Unleashed members for a workshop reading at studio/stage! And, of course, we vlogged about it.
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?
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 will be a spectacular physical piece, incorporating devised movement, illusion, and elements of Japanese Kabuki theatre; imagine seeing a Marvel movie live on stage.
- M-Pulse, the Eminence of Electromagnetism – Graydon Schlichter
- Stephanie Connolly – Denise Nicholson
- Maximus/Sam/Orderly – Carey Matthews
- The Owl/MegaHex – Emily Donn
- Lady Voodoo/Enigma – Sammi Lappin
- Tweak/Tony/Henchman – Seth Thygesen
- Stage Directions/Waiter – Jenny Ashe
ABOUT WHAT WE DO WHEN WE’RE DARK
This semi-regular vlog highlights events and productions happening at the various StageCrafts properties, as well as share some of the fun things the owners do, both theatrical and mundane. What do we mean by “dark”? The TDF Theatre Dictionary defines a playhouse (like studio/stage) as “lit” when a show is running in it. Conversely, when the production shutters, the theatre “goes dark.”
For the context of this vlog, “dark” means any time a performance or an event is not actually in progress on our stage, and our goal is to answer the burning question “what happens in The Room Where It Happens when there’s nothing happening?”
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- Theme music “Fun Kids Club” by Michael Gordon Shapiro, used with permission.
- For more information about playwright Gregory Crafts, check out his official website.
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