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Encore! Encore! $h!+heads and 25 Plays Per Hour are winners!

Now updated with lighting design photos from "Lvl 1 Gygax" and "Of Beast, Of Branch, Of Beatnik"!

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Posted on 27 June 2022

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Gregory Crafts as Curt in Shitheads by Chambers Stevens, premiering at studio/stage as part of the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Photo by JoAnn Sheppe
Gregory Crafts as Curt in "Shitheads" by Chambers Stevens, premiering at studio/stage as part of the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival. Photo Credit: JoAnn Sheppe

Encore! Encore! $h!+heads and 25 Plays Per Hour are winners!

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Well, we survived another Hollywood Fringe. And when I say survived, I mean barely. But we survived. And that counts for something.

This year’s festival was one of the most stressful I’ve ever experienced since buying studio/stage in 2017. However, as an actor, a producer, a designer, and a playwright, it was a complete success!

On the acting front…

$h!+heads is a winner!

$h!+heads by Chambers Stevens, featuring me as Curt, the high-strung dispensary owner, will encore for two more performances. Dates and times TBA. UPDATE: Our Encore performances shall be Sunday, July 10th at 9:30pm and Monday, July 11th at 8pm. Join us!

About the Show:

$h!+heads is a smoking new comedy from Chambers Stevens. If you are tired of #$@&%ing influencers telling you what to do then this is the show for you!

Patrons have called this slice-of-life stoner comedy “Entertaining and thought provoking”, “Packed full of laughs” and a “SUPER FUN SHOW” (yes, in all caps).

Congratulations to Harris, Jesse, Shanlie, Melissa, Jae, Malcom, JoAnn, Beth, and Chambers on a job well done!

As for the show I produced…

25 Plays Per Hour won this year’s award for Best in Cabaret and Variety at the Hollywood Fringe Festival!

25 Plays Per Hour, produced by Theatre Unleashed at studio/stage, wins Best in Cabaret and Variety Shows at the 2022 Hollywood Fringe Festival

That’s right! Looks like we need to make some room on the shelf!

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to encore the show due to cast availability, but we do have video! As a matter of fact, you can catch my one-minute mini-play, Six Word Story (featuring the incredible Heather Rose), in the embedded clip below.

I want to give a massive shout-out to my incredible wife, Jenn, for all of her hard work on this production. This was a true labor of love for her, and it’s been so great to see her having so much fun creating and producing theatre again.

Love for Lvl 1 Gygax

Speaking of shout-outs, thank you to Socks Whitmore and Stage Raw for acknowledging the lights I designed for Lvl 1 Gygax! This design is one of my all-time favorites, and it was an honor to collaborate with the inimitable Dan Lovato on this brilliant story. Scrub ahead to 12:20 below to hear the review!

I can’t wait to get some photos from this production and post them.

UPDATE (7/13/22): Got the pics! Thank you, Dan! 

I have to admit that I’m a little disappointed that so many of the pictures came out so dark that they were unusable. The design was purposefully dim, but nuanced, and this doesn’t quite capture the magic of what audiences saw live.

Here are some of my favorites:

Couple other quick things this week before I go:

  • So apparently I do have a pro badge for SDCC this year? Guess I should figure out if I’m going or not.
  • Excited to reclaim my time and resume my myriad acting and writing projects next month. Next week, I’ll outline my goals for July and August on here.
  • Keep an eye out over the next few weeks for some Theatre Unleashed news!
  • Finally, my Monday night D&D livestream, Secrets of the Barrowmaze (the West Marches Megadungeon campaign), looks like it won’t resume until around the 25th of July. Between the upcoming long weekend, Fringe Encores, and my anniversary, my next few Mondays are all spoken for. But we’ll be back online rolling dice together soon!

That’s it for now!

Onward and upward.


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