Theatre Unleashed Announces 2012 Season
Coming off our most successful season to date, Theatre Unleashed is pleased to announce it will celebrate its 5th Anniversary with a full and exciting 2012 Season that features an original from an acclaimed playwright, a West Coast premiere of a New York hit, three shows at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, the return of two TU favorites and the company's first attempt at not just one but two musicals!
"We're doing what we always do, what we've become known for," said Co-Artistic Director Jacob Smith. "Each year we continue to grow by constantly pushing ourselves to take on new challenges that will further establish TU as one of the city's most prominent theatre companies. This year is no exception."
"It's a special season for us," said Co-Artistic Director Carlos Martinez. "We're celebrating a landmark year by taking more risks as a company, building on our successes and developing new ways to achieve the goal laid out in our Mission Statement of creating truly remarkable theatre. We also wanted a new look, a new logo that shows our growth and sophistication as a company as we look to a promising future."
Theatre Unleashed 2012 Main Stage/Festival Season
The Spidey Project - March: On the heels of the hit New York production comes the West Coast premiere of The Spidey Project. Nerdy social outcast Peter Parker attempts to defeat villains such as The Scorpion, Rhino, Electro, The Chameleon, and perhaps his biggest nemesis of all: himself. This original musical and Broadway parody made waves on the East Coast and TU is proud to have it open the 2012 Season.
The Hollywood Fringe Festival - June: TU will present THREE PLAYS at this year's festival!
25PPH - TU brings back its audience favorite! The rebirth of the Super Short, 25PPH features 25 original plays with a handful of the company's premiere actors playing over 50 characters...in less than an hour. Fusing comedy, drama and everything in between, these amazing pieces make for speed theatre at its best!
Round Rock - Round Rock is the Texas legend of the Sam Bass Gang, a group of notorious outlaws in the late 1800's best known for committing the largest train robbery in U.S. history. At the center of a jurisdictional crisis between the old and new law enforcement agencies of America, the gang must choose between a life of adventure and life of convention. A story about love and friendship, this Western epic from acclaimed playwright Aaron Kozak (The Birthday Boys) blends old fashioned rustic charm with a darkly comic style.
The Divine Madness of Isabella - Lovers. Poets. Zannis. Dukes. Madmen. Enter the world of Isabella Andreini, greatest actress of the commedia dell'Arte. Finding herself performing alone on a stage, Isabella is challenged to improvise a new scenario - the story of her life. Isabella uses her unparalleled craft to tell her story and delve into the madness that fuels her art. Using masks, puppets and sheer imagination, award-winning actress Wendy Gough brings to life some 20 + characters in a show that flies by at a breakneck pace.
Little Shop of Horrors - September: In this dark, comedic and classic musical set in and around a struggling flower shop in "Skid Row," down-on-his-luck Seymour Krelborn's life changes when he takes possession of a very peculiar plant. Rock and roll, doo-wop and early Motown help tell Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's wildly popular story of what happens when that very peculiar plant gets a hunger that normal plant food simply can't satisfy.
It's a Wonderful Life - December: TU is pleased to bring this heart-warming tale back to the stage with It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. The show takes place at KAWL, a struggling 1940s radio station that good-hearted owner Michael Anderson is barely keeping alive. He calls on some old friends (with big personalities) and some less-than-professional station employees to offer up the touching masterpiece in what might sadly be the station's last live show. But it is the holidays, a time when miracles can happen...
Beyond the Main Stage, TU will also bring back popular concepts like the 24-Hour Theatre Events, Late Night Shows, Cheap 'n' Easy Series and a few other surprises along the way!