My first update of 2019

by | Feb 5, 2019 | Acting, Designing, Directing, Playwriting, Producing, The StageCrafts, Theatre Unleashed | 0 comments

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Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

A hint as to the possible location for the 2019 Hobgoblin Playhouse

Go ahead, punk. Make my day.

Hello, hello!

Happy New Year!

That’s right, it’s February 5th, and this is my first blog post of 2019.

You might think I’m a little behind, but I’m actually right on schedule. See, I took January to focus on a bunch of different projects, including revamping the infrastructure of my internet presence. You’ll notice the freshly-redesigned layout.

But my curious silence stretches back even further than that, doesn’t it? If you look closely, my last post was November 10th. Until then, I’d been posting almost weekly with regularity.

What happened?

Well, a bunch of different things, really. My parents were in town for a short stretch. The holidays happened, of course. There were a number of small projects demanding my attention in December, sure. And once January hit, all bets were off. Thunderbirds were go on a whole bunch of different initiatives.

And yeah, those factors all contributed to my lack of activity on here.

But really, it all came down to the fact that, well, I just didn’t have much to say at the time.

So, I didn’t say anything.

It was a nice break! A lovely opportunity to recharge. And now, I’m back. 🙂

With that in mind, I’ve got a whole bunch of stuff going on that I want to share, starting off with the To Do list for 2019:

How am I doing so far? Well…

Acting

Alright! Let’s see… Since my last update, I…

I’ve also been out on a ton of auditions, both from my own submissions, and from my team at Maxx Management

 

Lighting for Carrie: The Musical Horror at studio/stage

Designing

Capped off last year by designing two shows at Gray Studios, and a concert at studio/stage.

Now, I’ve got my design for Carrie: The Musical Horror opening at studio/stage this coming weekend, followed by a design for Theatre Unleashed‘s forthcoming production of Ada and the Engine.

And, of course, I’m available to design lights for shows in my venues for this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival! Check out my updated portfolio and lighting resume!

 

Directing

Okay, it wasn’t my intention to start up a new unofficial production banner or produce and direct a show with one of my best friends at studio/stage as a part of this year’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. Not my intention at all.

But that’s what’s happening.

I don’t want to say any more than that right now, but keep an eye out for a big announcement coming soon. And if you just have to know more… well, follow MLB Idiot Savant on Twitter.

And I may be directing a show Mike Shapiro and I are submitting to Serial Killers at Sacred Fools.

But that’s only if we get picked, so, like, I have nothing to worry about right now…. right?

Oh, and I’ve also applied for this year’s Directors Lab West

 

Playwriting

Whew! Lots of stuff happening on this front. Let’s see… First off, I’m in a sketch comedy writing class at The Pack Theater. Won it in a raffle at last year’s Fringe festival, and I’m enjoying it so far. Writing sketch is certainly different than writing a typical play or short film. It’s a different mindset, and I’m not afraid to admit that I have a lot of room for growth here. I’ve had moderate success with a couple of sketches, but some of them have just plain bombed. However, in failure, one can find enlightenment, and these bombs have been excellent learning experiences.

Beyond that… let’s see… I have a new 10-minute play premiering this month with Force of Nature Productions as a part of their latest one-act fest, Once Upon a RUSH. My play is called Be Our Guest, and it’s about what happened to The Beast’s retinue (Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, et al) after he and Belle started their Happily Ever After. It’s a twisted little comedy that features a lot of other familiar faces from the House of Mouse. Thankfully, this falls squarely into parody territory, so I shouldn’t have anything to worry about, legally-speaking. 

At least, I hope not.

On second thought, you may not want to take any chances. Grab your tix now, because once this script goes back into the vault, it may never see the light of day again. 

Finally, I’ve been working on a new draft of my latest full-length play, Superior. That’s a working title, one I’m certainly not married to. This script was formerly known as The Anniversary Issue, and was a part of the Short+Sweet Hollywood 2016 and Serial Killers at Sacred Fools. I held a workshop reading of the complete first draft last January (check out the vlog at the top of this section)… and then l let it sit for almost a year. 

That may sound weird, but I needed to give myself time and distance from the project in order to approach the next draft with fresh eyes. I think it worked, because the new draft is a full 35 pages shorter than the first one. I finished that draft earlier this week, and now we’ve got a workshop reading of the new draft coming up this weekend. I’m assembling one hell of a cast for it. Should be fun. 

So, why the sudden urgency? Well… rumor has it, this might – MIGHT- be Theatre Unleashed‘s show for the Hollywood Fringe this year. Nothing is final yet, but I do know that the reading this weekend will be the moment when a decision is made about this script and Fringe. So, yeah… no pressure. Anyway, if you want to come and check the reading out, all of the details are in the Facebook event

 

Producing

There’s a lot happening on the producing front already this year, including a few things I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. Fundraisers and special events abound… and some theatre, too! 

But one big thing I want to share real fast is that this year, you’ll see the return of my Workshop on Self-Producing for Playwrights. I first did this workshop in 2017 at studio/stage, and folks ate it up. Now, I’m planning on running it again… and perhaps expanding it. But more on that later. 

Talking about producing also provides me with a sexy segue directly into…

 

Theatre Unleashed

First off, the new website is done, so you can finally leave me the hell alone, Jim.

Second, as I’ve alluded to in categories above, I’m producing and doing lights for our first main stage show of the year Ada and the Engine by Lauren GundersonI’m also thrilled to announce I’ve been cast as Lord Lovelace, husband of Ada Byron Lovelace, mother of modern computing and inventor of binary code.

And yeah, I’m one of the producers on this show, and it’s going up in the theatre I own, but I had to audition,  fight for, and earn the role just like everyone else in the cast.

This role is new territory for me, in that Lord Lovelace is a  romantic figure as much as he is a tragic one, and the character is very, very meaty. Deliciously so. Cheers to Ms. Gunderson for writing such an excellent script.

There’s a lot more TU-riffic news to share, but this entry’s already running very long, so I’ll save some for next week.

Just grab your tickets to Ada now, as this is an ultra-short run and if the table read last night was any indicator, it’s going to be incredible.

 

 

Hank is a big fan of cameras. 

StageCrafts L.L.C.

Whew, lots happening here, too. But not much I can actually talk about. Suffice to say, Jenn and I are currently in the throes of booking our venues for this year’s Fringe Festival. Yes, I said Venues. We do aim to see The Hobgoblin Playhouse, our pop-up venue, return this year, and I’m hoping we may have an agreement struck with a host as soon as this afternoon. Once we do, I’ll make sure you hear all about it. 

I can tell you for certain it won’t be in last year’s location, but it may be close by…

I will also say that the two brick wall images are clues to the potential location we’re looking at right now…

Also, now that I’ve finished implementing a lot of larger-scale infrastructure projects like revamping all of the websites I manage, keep an eye out for the return of What We Do When We’re Dark.

And Jenn and I have toyed with launching a monthly podcast… maybe it’s time we sit down and chat with some local LA Theatre peeps making waves on a national scale? 

 

Something Awesome

Alright, so this year, with every weekly blog entry I’m going to try and highlight something cool my friends are up to, or an interesting piece of content I’ve discovered on the Internet. 

As I’ve already been under some major writing deadlines this year, I want to share with you some of my writing music. Throw this on and unwind. 🙂

Until next week. 

Onward and upward!

About

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Creative Multi-Hyphenate

An award-winning multi-hyphenate creative artist, with more than twenty-five years of experience as an actor, playwright, director, designer, and theatrical producer under his belt, Greg graduated from Emerson College in Boston, MA with a Bachelor’s in Theatre Studies in 2003. Soon after, Greg migrated to Los Angeles seeking adventure in the entertainment industry. He currently resides in North Hollywood, CA with his wife, Jenn, and their three cats.

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