Thursday, April 02, 2020

Unscrewed Theater - Social Distanced Improv

From: Unscrewed Theater <UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 9:59 AM
Subject: 😜 April Unscrewed News From Your Favorite Fools! 😜

 

Hello Everyone. Chris here. Sheltering in place. How 'bout you?
 
What a difference 2 years make. This exact time in 2018 we were performing our final show at our original home, 3244 E. Speedway Blvd. The very next day, April 1st, (no foolin') we packed up Unscrewed Theater and moved it down the road to our new (and current) home at 4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39. We knew then it would be some time before we could perform again in our theater.

Fast-forward two years and here we are again. Not performing at our current home. As of March 15th, the lights at Unscrewed Theater have been dark and because it's the right thing to do (and to adhere to guidelines from the City, State, and CDC) we will continue to be closed throughout April. We can't mention enough how much we miss you. And how important it is for everyone to stay home! And if you haven't heard, wash your hands! With SOAP!

However, we still have to keep improv alive! Like most of the world, we're learning to adapt to all the wonderful technology that's out there. In fact, we're having a HOUSE PARTY! An Unscrewed House Party. Every Saturday night at 7:30pm on ZOOM. More info about ZOOM and how to create a FREE account HERE.

We're showcasing the improvisers from all of our House teams in a format that is as unpredictable as improv itself! The best part is that you don't have to be in Tucson to enjoy the show! You're in your house, we're in our houses. Let's have an improv house party, Unscrewed Theater style. Click HERE to join us every Saturday night until we're able to all be together in person.

Keeping with that theme, we're also offering an online Improv Drop-In class on ZOOM! Mondays from 6:30-8pm you can drop-in and connect with improvisers of all skill levels for a silly session that might turn into your favorite time of the week. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. Have some fun and see other people's faces. Click HERE Monday nights at 6:30pm.



As we move into uncharted territory online, one concern stays literally close to our home. As a 100% volunteer-run improv comedy theater, 50% of our revenue comes from ticket sales, and 40% comes from improv classes and venue rentals. Currently, our revenue streams have run dry during this time of physical distancing. We need your help. We're taking part in Arizona Gives Day on April 7th. This year's Arizona Gives Day has taken on a new meaning due to the current pandemic, and there's nothing funny about that.

Every dollar donated will help us get through this temporary shutdown and come back stronger, and funnier than ever! Until then, we'll continue to entertain you on our Facebook page, our YouTube channel, and through the magic of ZOOM!


Please go to Arizona Gives Day and make your donation now. Thanks in advance for your support.



One last thing...for now. We're cooking up an online improv tournament we're calling Shelter Showdown for the end of April. Miss your brackets? You'll be able to vote for your favorite improv duos videos on our Facebook page over 6 consecutive days. More details to come. Keep an eye on our Facebook page. We're very close to 4500 likes. Maybe you can help with that, too.

We love you, Tucson (and the world) and we miss performing for you. In person. Let's stay inside, avoid contact (for now) and then soon we can all return to Unscrewed Theater for the biggest laughs yet!
 
Stay Strong, Stay Home,

 


Chris Seidman
Executive Director,
Unscrewed Theater.

 

 

 

Wanna hear some REAL chatter from Chris? Listen to his podcast about NBOJU on KXCI!

 

 

Unscrewed Theater

Tucson, AZ 85712
4500 E Speedway #39
(520) 289-8076
UnscrewedTheater.org

We're a 100% volunteer-run nonprofit and rely entirely on donations to sustain our organization. If you've got some extra cash, please consider making a donation. Every little bit helps us keep the lights on and the shows coming.



Want more info? 
Give us a call at
(520) 289-8076

 

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Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Please support our Southern Arizona performing arts community on Arizona Gives Day

Dear TucsonStage readers,

Many of local theatres and performing arts groups that post on the TucsonStage.com listserv all year are dealing with the stress of the health crisis.  Everyone is looking for support to make it through.  Rather than post each appeal, I’m sending this one email with links to the Arizona Gives website and urge you to donate to your favorite organizations. 

Together we will all get through this crisis.

Stay well,

Bill Dell

TucsonStage.com

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Improving Arizona Through the Power of Collective Giving

Arizona Gives and Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers that began in 2013. This partnership has helped raise more than $17 million for Arizona's nonprofit sector. This statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign takes place in early April each year. The program is supported by our presenting sponsor FirstBank, along with a variety of other sponsor organizations.

Arizona Gives helps people find, learn about and contribute to the causes they believe in while enabling nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique online giving platform. Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. It inspires people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger, creating a thriving community for all.

Though Arizona Gives Day only happens once a year, Arizona Gives (AZGives.org) is available for year-round giving. Donors can create a donor account to pre-schedule donations, set-up recurring donations and make changes to their giving throughout the year or they can checkout as a guest and give immediately. Donors can also used our advanced search filters to find nonprofits by the criteria they choose such as location, focus area or even which organization qualify for an AZ tax credit.

Any qualified 501c3 organization located in or providing services to Arizona can register to receive donations through AZGives.org. All nonprofit organizations are verified for eligibility before being allowed to participate on the website, ensuring that donors are giving to legitimate organizations. For eligibility requirements, visit the most current Terms of Service & Liability document.

DONATE NOW!

 

https://www.azgives.org/index.php

 

Saturday, March 28, 2020

A special VIDEO STREAMING event from our friends at ATC

 

From: Winding Road Theater Ensemble <windingroadte@gmail.com>
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:20 PM
Subject: A special VIDEO STREAMING event from our friends at ATC

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Unscrewed Theater YouTube Tour - Because we all need some laughter and levity right now


From: Unscrewed Theater <UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 9:34 AM
To: Unscrewed <Unscrewedtheater@gmail.com>

 

 

Unscrewed YouTube Tour

Because we all need some laughter and levity right now

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Unscrewed Theater!

Are you following us on Facebook? If not, you should...

 

 

Monday Announcement! 

Weekly Facebook Live Video


Every Monday, Chris goes live on Facebook -- usually to offer up pair of free tix to an upcoming show. This week, he's got a new plan.

We're working on adapting improv for this new, socially distanced world and have some ideas brewing.

For now, check out Monday's video and give us a location in the comments.

Watch it here!

 

Special Guest Dave Razowsky

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed - UNCENSORED Video


It's an oldie but a goodie! Dave Razowsky, former artistic director of Second City LA, performs on our stage as a special guest!

He gives life advice to NBOJU cast member Mary - and it's all made up on the spot. 

Note - this video contains adult language, so it's not for the kids. 

Watch it here!

 

 

 

 

 

House Team Samplers

Tonight's special is "Leaky Faucets" with a "Big Daddies" garnish

 

 

Big Daddies

New-ish Car


Big Daddies is the Improv Duo of Matt Beaudry & Michael Pierce - and the newest house team performing monthly at Unscrewed Theater.

With 7 children between them, they know a thing or two about fun, laughter, and fatherly advice.

Watch what happens when Matt goes in to buy a new car...and is redirected toward something that is new......ish.

Watch it here!

 

Leaky Faucets

Grand Opening 2.0 Show


Brianna, Adam, and Walter are the trio that make up Leaky Faucets - an improv team that performs long-form comedy with confessions from the characters of this crazy, made-up world.

This show is based on the below audience suggestions - see how it plays out from the safety and comfort of your own home.

"A Child" (a very cherished item of a spouse or significant other that you lost and never told them about)

"Rugby" (an extreme sport)

"Celery" (anything that is not a racquetball.)

Watch it here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

AZ Gives Day

Arizona Gives Day is April 7, 2020!

While this is a day for all Arizonans to come together and support their favorite nonprofits, this year's Give Day has taken on a new meaning due to the current pandemic. There's nothing funny about that.

We would normally ask for donations to further grow and promote our programming and to bring improv comedy to an even larger part of the Tucson community.

This year we are asking you to help us make it through these crazy times.

$6500.00

That's our cost to run our theater for one month. That's our rent, electricity, insurance - everything it takes to keep us afloat. Even if we aren't having any shows or classes.

And as a 100% volunteer-run improv comedy theater, 50% of our revenue comes from ticket sales, and 40% comes from improv classes and venue rentals.

Our revenue streams have run dry during this time of social distancing. We need your help.

Every dollar donated will help us weather this temporary shutdown and come back stronger, and funnier, than ever! Until then, we'll continue to entertain you on our facebook page and YouTube channel.

Please go to http://bit.ly/AZGivesDay2020UT and make your donation today!


PS. No, we're still not sure how long we'll stay dark. Does anyone really know anything about the future these days? The safety of our improv community is our first concern.

But keep your eyes peeled for other new news about how to enjoy LIVE unscrewed funny from afar. We predict much laughter in your future!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want more info? Give us a call. (520) 289-8076

Our mailing address is:

Unscrewed Theater

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

Tucson, AZ 85712



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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH" WILL BURN A HOLE IN YOUR HEART

By Chuck Graham, TucsonStage.com

 

photo courtesy of Maria Gawne

Hedwig (Jordan Ross Siebert), left, and Yitzhak (Liz Cracchiolo).

Just before the March 16 coronavirus clamp-down on all Tucson theater, Arizona Onstage Productions and SPARK! staged one performance of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” featuring Jordan Ross Siebert in the title role.

The show was powerful, both heart-wrenching and transformative, a stunning experience that turned the aggressive Tony Award-winning rock musical into so much more at the Cabaret Space in the downtown Temple of Music and Art.

From a stage set soaked in the sleaze of a tawdry nightclub where flouncy wigs and a ripe attitude define defiance, director Shanna Nunez took us head first into the tangled, angry, frightened and frightening life of Hedwig in sultry makeup, a singer/songwriter dealt with cruelly by Fate and by the communist demands of East Germany.

“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” made its New York debut in 1998 after years of workshopping, developed to portray a turbulent time for rock culture as hard punk rockers called for a revolution against the over-produced vinyl albums of bands spending many weeks and astronomical bucks in the recording studio, about as far from rock 'n' roll's proudly undisciplined roots as the yellow brick road could take them.

Through it all Hedwig stood tall in her high-heeled platform shoes, short skirts and distinctively swooping hair. Her story – the heart of this musical – has become an iconic page of essential pop culture.

Born a boy named Hansel to unhappy parents in East Berlin, Hansel grew into a teen who loved American rock bands and also loved an American GI. But the only way he could escape East Berlin to reach the West was to be the wife of that Yank. He would need a sex change operation.

Alas, the operation failed, leaving him with only an angry inch of manhood and no hope of becoming the G.I.'s lifetime war bride. Months later the Berlin Wall was torn down.

More bitterness followed in Kansas when Hedwig and his friend Tommy Speck found some success writing songs. Tommy became Tommy Gnosis and their first album became a hit, prompting Tommy to break up the act and become a genuine rock star on his own – leaving Hedwig alone with her box of wigs, forced into staying alive by playing low rent gigs that mocked her talent.

That is where Siebert as Hedwig lifted this Tucson production into a raw and ravishing piece of anguished theater that feels as real as your own hopes to make more of yourself some day.

Siebert has performed this role several times back East, finding particular success in Baltimore. His understanding of the psychological rigors of Hedwig's life runs deep.

The person he creates is filled with the armor of pretense and the trembling of collapse. Then desperation turns into anger, as the power of drag queen illusion is splintered by punk rock's demand for inner truth.

The show begins as Hedwig opens her act making a bitterly haughty entrance filled with naughty puns. Soon she is telling her life story, an icy beauty on the outside but still furious inside that Tommy left her in such dire straits.

Included in the score's 10 songs and in the dialogue are ample references to touchstones of the 1980s. Bone up on tape decks and eight-tracks, bands like Boston, Kansas and America, singers like Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Lavern Baker.

Steven Trask wrote the songs and lyrics for John Cameron Mitchell's book and debut performance as Hedwig. He did include some brighter bits, jokes and even an audience sing-along chorus on “Wig in a Box.”

The only other cast member is Liz Cracchiolo, as Hedwig's sullen combination husband and roadie, Yitzhak. He doesn't say much, but his soulful singing adds a massive wallop to the end of the story.

Also on stage is The Angry Inch band of Michael James Zimmerman, keyboard and guitar, Steve Harris, bass, Tucker Bungard, drums, and Taylor Bungard, guitar and bass, becoming a muscular physical presence.

Kevin Johnson of Arizona Onstage hopes to re-mount this production in May, with Seibert, Crachiolo and all the band members returning. Be there yourself or be geometrically challenged. Future plans for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” also include a tour.      

 

Corona Special - Online actor training/coaching with Steve Anderson

 

From: Steve Anderson <teenstreettucson@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 8:40 PM
Subject: Corona Special - Online Coaching

 

Hey, all.

 

I've been doing online coaching for years.  In-person coaching is ideal, but a ton of great work can be done online.

 

The 'Corona Special' is good for both actors and public speakers.

 

If you're in a position to purchase a session as a gift for a friend or loved one, please consider doing so.  The work we do can be very relaxing and grounding, and even healing.

 

Many thanks.

 

Steve

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Unscrewed Theater YouTube Tour

From: Unscrewed Theater <UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2020 at 9:59 AM
Subject: Unscrewed Theater YouTube Tour

 

 

Tucson, we love you.

And we love performing for you.

And you love coming to our shows.

But for the greater good and health of our beloved Tucson Community, we have made the difficult decision to temporarily cancel our scheduled performances, along with our Monday night Improv Drop-ins.

We are all healthy and happy, and hope the same for you – our loyal and devoted fans. Know that we will take to the stage just as soon as it makes sense for our community.

We've got some great ideas about how to have fun long distance and take advantage of our time at home.

We'll keep you in the loop on our Facebook page and in your email inbox. So be on the lookout for news!

In the interim, we've put together a selection of Unscrewed YouTube videos you can watch (and maybe play your own version of!) from the safety and comfort of your home.

 

 

 

Unscrewed YouTube Tour

Because we all need some laughter and levity right now

 

 

Vintage Unscrewed Theater

Some of our most popular videos from the vault

 

 

First Line, Last Line

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed


This video from 2018 features NBOJU members Jessica and Alan in a game called "First Line, Last Line." Improvisers make up a scene on the spot that starts with a line from the audience...and ends with another line from the audience.

See what hilarity ensues in a scene that opens with "Do you even lift?" and closes with "You won't get away with this!"

Watch it here!

 

Helping Hands

Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed


This one's a game for Jessica, Chris, Monica, and Cris. 

Our talented improvisers are playing a game called "Helping Hands." In this game, one person provides the hand movements while the other provides the speech. The improvisers create a scene based on a suggestion from the audience.

Chris & Jessica set up a direct deposit - with help from Monica and Cris.

Watch it here!

 

 

 

 

 

House Team Samplers

Our menu features a "Comic Chaos" appetizer with our "From the Top" main course

 

 

Comic Chaos

Laser Man, Episode 1


Comic Chaos performs every 3rd Saturday on the Unscrewed stage, doing long form comedy with a superhero (and super villain) twist.

Check out their performance at our Grand Opening 2.0 - and give them some love next time they're on our stage.

Watch it here!

 

From the Top

House Team Debut Show


Note: this video may contain adult language

From the Top performs improv musical comedy every 1st Saturday on the Unscrewed stage.

Watch their debut from 2016: the one time performance of "The Spiritual Grace Crawfish Wedding Lizard Princess Bride Musical!"

Watch it here!

 

 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Independent Film Arizona Meeting Canceled

 

From: Independent Film Arizona <GenieJoseph9@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 2:31 PM
Subject: IFA Newsletter

 

IFA Meeting Canceled 

April 9th, 2020

Hello filmmakers,
In light of the recent recommendations for public events, and to protect everyone's safety, we will cancel our IFA April Meeting.  

We are still planning to proceed with our May 5th meeting -- but will keep you posted.
Please stay healthy and safe and consume plenty of media entertainment!

 

*

The Fluffer Play is Postponed
Monday, March 30 & Thursday, April 2 at 7 PM
at Unscrewed Theater - 4500 E. Speedway Blvd,
Tucson, AZ 85712
Tickets:
TheFlufferPlay.brownpapertickets.scom

 

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