One more shameless plug for the Theatre Unleashed Spring Poker Classic tomorrow night! Doors open at 7pm, and you can register for the tournament up until the first card is dealt at 8pm! Right now, we have 22 players registered, and a list of prizes, raffle items, and auction items valued at over $15,000!

What: The Theatre Unleashed Spring Poker Classic

When: Friday, May 4th, 2018
Doors at 7pm
Tournament starts at 8pm

Where: Latvian Community Center
1955 Riverside Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039

The Theatre Unleashed Spring Poker Classic is a casino-style tournament will be run as a professional World Series of Poker style event. For a buy-in of just $75 (with two potential re-buys of $25), players can win some unbelievable prize packages, including merchandise from local sports teams, tickets to several theatre events, gift certificates to regional restaurants and stores, services for health and fitness, valued collectibles (including some signed pieces from recognized artists) and much more.


The event will also feature a silent auction, raffle, and bingo for non-poker players! Proceeds from the event will go toward funding the Theatre Unleashed 2019 season.

Why: Well, here’s something really important that I don’t think gets talked about often enough. How much are we trying to raise and why?

We’re looking to raise $15,000 tomorrow night, which is the size of the production budget for our 2019 season opener, Ada and the Engine, which is a new play by Lauren Gunderson.

Postcard for "Ada and The Engine" at Know Theatre of Cincinnati.

Postcard for “Ada and The Engine” at Know Theatre of Cincinnati. We’ll have an original postcard for our production next year. 🙂

THE STORY: 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.


“Gunderson finds plenty of intriguing matter in the…story she tells, zeroing in on the knowns and unknowns in the relationship between Ada and Charles Babbage…Gunderson’s wit…[makes] the story pretty irresistible.” —SF Chronicle.


“…wise and witty…[a] very smart and skillful Victorian parlor drama.” —SF Weekly.


“Gunderson…has done a terrific job transforming Ada’s story…The [script is] succinct and pithy, moving story and emotions along at the clip of an electronically infused calculation.” —


“What Gunderson achieves in ADA AND THE ENGINE is quite remarkable. She manages to capture the cognitive energy and intellectual intimacy that can strengthen a friendship…ADA AND THE ENGINE is a rare and special artistic achievement: an intelligent play about intelligent historical people that has been crafted by intelligent theatre artists for an intelligent audience.” —

In our mission to make the next production better than the last, our goal is to make this show the most visually stunning to date. We’re looking to mount this production in a high-end space, which will be expensive to rent. It’s also a period piece, meaning we’ll need a good-sized budget for costumes and props. Finally, if we can raise all $15,000, we should be able to pay each and every artist involved in the production.

So, with that in mind, I hope you’ll join us tomorrow night. We have some incredible prizes and items up for auction, including:

and much, much more!

If you can’t be there in person, would you consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our production budget?

And for those of you who can be there, see you tomorrow night! Make sure you register for the tournament beforehand at!