Thursday, June 04, 2020

OPP Reads "Galactic Gourmet" via Zoom on Monday night


From: Dave
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 10:03 AM
Subject: OPP Reads "Galactic Gourmet" via Zoom on Monday night


On Monday night, 7:00 p.m., Old Pueblo Playwrights will host a reading of a new play by member Dave Sewell, featuring the talents of Andrew Gray, Mike Saxon, Diana Ouradnik, China Young, Erin Hepler, David Zinke and Sydney Flynn. Set 21 centuries in the future, “Galactic Gourmet” is the story of a planet-hopping celebrity chef in search of exciting new cuisine…and the woman who is determined to hunt him down and kill him. Obviously, it’s a romantic comedy. A facilitated discussion will follow the reading.

Join us via Zoom on Monday night. Simply click on the link under “Join Zoom Meeting” below.

Melvin Hector is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting: Dave Sewell’s first reading of “Galactic Gourmet.”

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Unscrewed Theater: Laugh With Us This Weekend


From: Unscrewed Theater <>
Sent: Thursday, June 4, 2020 9:00 AM
Subject: Laugh With Us This Weekend







End Your Week With Laughter


At our FREE Unscrewed House Party



It might start slow, but it'll get there

Things have been challenging lately. One thing that hasn't changed is our commitment to bringing improvisational comedy and laughter to the entire Tucson community. We want to be the place where you can be in the moment, laugh the night away, and forget about all the things that don't make you laugh.

At least for a little while.

And to that end, we're continuing to find new ways to make you laugh - now from the comfort & safety of your living room.

And even though we *really* miss seeing you in person, we know you're still laughing with us - whether that's on Facebook during our Quarantine Countdown, or on Zoom for a workshop or drop-in class. Our new online Zoom Unscrewed House Parties have let us connect with fans new & old across the country!

So this Saturday, if you're feeling overwhelmed - join us online for some laughter and fun! Our next Unscrewed House Party starts at 7:30 PM this Saturday, June 6.

There, you can watch (and laugh at!) some of your favorite players from Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed.

New to our house parties? It's easy!

Register here to join us, then set an alarm for 7:30PM this Saturday, June 6. Click the link to join our Zoom event, and you're good to go! Questions? Reach out to us at

Can't make it this Saturday but still looking for some fun?

Every Monday @ 6:30 PM join us on Zoom for a socially distant improv drop-in! We welcome improvisers from ALL skill sets to join us online for some games & laughter. Register here

And this June 26, our online workshop series continues! Join us for a ShowShop. What's a ShowShop? Glad you asked! Skilled improvisor Scotty Watson teaches an improv workshop via Zoom -- and then participants show off their new skills in a live-streamed show! It's a Show AND a Workshop - a ShowShop! Further details are here. Better sign up quickly, before all the spots are gone!


Here's where you can find the funny this week:

Saturday, June 6 @ 7:30 PM
Unscrewed Theater House Party
Register here:

Monday, Jun 8 @ 6:30 PM
Improv Drop In
Register here:

Support the theater!
Jim Click Raffle for Tucson
Every ticket you buy from us goes directly to our theater and gives you the chance to win prizes from Jim Click
Raffle tickets here:

Unscrewed "I Helped Save the Funny" T-shirt
The latest in lounge wear! $10 of your purchase goes directly to support us - and you get a cool shirt out of it.









It's a Show and a Workshop...It's a ShowShop




Scotty Watson Improv ShowShop


Inspired by the work of Elaine May & Del Close, you'll learn 4 basic principles of improvisation

  1. Make active & positive choices
  2. Support each other
  3. It's an actor's job to justify (work with what you have)
  4. Be seen & be heard

That SAME NIGHT, you show off your new skills in a live-streamed online show which will later be posted to Youtube.

Scotty believes that all learning comes from brave experimentation. He creates a safe place to explore and grow, with lots of positive encouragement for working outside your comfort zone.

Who Is Scotty Watson?

Scotty Watson is an alumnus of The Second City Canadian National Touring Company & taught improv & advanced sketch writing for The Second City NYC. He is currently the Master Teacher & Head of NYC Faculty for ANDTheatre Company (Artistic New Directions) in Manhattan.

Scotty created successful improvisational theater programs for companies and schools around the world. His students perform in theater, on television, and in feature films and include an Academy Award winner.

Scotty also directs comedies for the theater. He recently worked with the Emmy award-winning showrunner of M*A*S*H*, Cheers & Frasier. He has performed as an actor Off-Broadway, on television, in feature films, and recently he had a popular series of TV commercials for the New York market.

You can read Scotty's blog at

His book, Scotty Watson's Improv Tips, is available on Amazon.

His favorite food is pie. His favorite person is his wife Carol Lempert.







Now for some serious business

First, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. For your continued support, financial and otherwise. It has been overwhelming. Thank you for believing in what we do.

And right now, that's providing as much FREE online content as we can muster, along with down-right-cheap online classes & workshops. Whatever we can do to make you smile – from a safe distance. 

You probably know we're 100% volunteer-run – every last one of us does this for you. The folks that like to laugh at us.

Right now, our future is in your hands. More than you know. 

'Cuz we still have bills to pay. 

We know that not everyone is in the position to donate now. To you, we say – enjoy our free content as much as you can. We'll get through these tough times together.

If you are one of the lucky ones who have a few coins to spare, we'd love for you to join our family of supporters. It's easy to do online, and every dollar helps. Every gift and every donor makes us stronger.

Thanks, in advance, for your support. Click here to set up a monthly donation.





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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Film Acting Camp for Teens - STARTS MONDAY


From: Steve Anderson <>
Sent: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:25 AM
Subject: Film Acting Camp for Teens - STARTS MONDAY


We have room for a couple more in SESSION ONE, which begins Monday.


For more info or to register, email:




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Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Unscrewed Theater online shows and workshops


From: Unscrewed Theater <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 10:00 AM
Subject: 😜 June Unscrewed News - from my sofa to yours 😜




Hello everybody!  Chris from Unscrewed Theater here.

I had this newsletter already written – in the can, as one would say.  

Then last week happened.

And the world that we thought was SO challenging already took a turn that we didn't see coming. Or at least I didn't. And our "stay home and stay safe" turned into civil unrest and curfews.

It's our goal to promote a learning & performing environment free of discrimination - open and supportive to all artists and patrons. As an organization that values free speech, we stand behind the right to protest peacefully and safely and to avoid violence.

We try to steer clear of politics and social issues at Unscrewed Theater. We want to be the place where you can be in the moment, laugh the night away, and forget about all the things that don't make you laugh. For a while. 

And that is one thing that won't EVER change. The laughter. Not if we have anything to say about it.

So here we are. It's the beginning of June, and Unscrewed Theater hasn't had an in-person show for two and a half months. It only SEEMS like forever.

We just can't express how much we miss the community of our Unscrewed family – the smiling faces, the laughter, and hugs. Boy, do we miss the hugs. 

If there is anything I can do, or the theater can do, to help you out, I hope you know that you can reach out to us. You may have lost your job, a loved one, or just your peace of mind. Let's find a way to get through this together. Because get through this we will. 

We're keeping a close eye on the business of running in business in Tucson – trying to figure out when and how to re-open our doors. While we know it won't be the same as before, we still haven't figured out the when.

From the data and info we've seen, it only makes sense for me to announce that we'll continue to entertain you online only for the month of June. 

And entertain you we will! 

Our May online workshops were a great success. Well-attended (as in SOLD OUT) with laughs, smiles, and learning all around. We'll keep that up in June, too. We have a "WorkSHOW" lined up with Scotty Watson on Friday, 6/26 – tickets will be on sale soon. Keep your eyes peeled. 

We also just confirmed that Michael Gellman will be partnering with us for a 4-workshop online series on Sundays, June 21st & 28th. Michael visited Tucson in 2017, and we're thrilled to welcome him back...virtually.

Can't wait until then to see other people's faces and practice some improv? Try out our Improv Drop-In class on Monday nights. Join folks from all over the world, hosted by our seasoned improvisers – and make Monday the best day of the week. Register online here.

Did you catch our last Quarantine Countdown? Well, you don't wanna miss the second round starting June 15th!  We're featuring some blast from the past players you just might remember! Vicki McGee, Mark Berry, Whitney Weber, Sara T, Andrew Jones, Hilary Bluestein-Lyons, Evan Deaubl, and Brian Armstrong from across the pond! This kinda thing doesn't happen every often (EVER!), so mark your calendar now. And it's FREE!

Our improv duos will enter the Zoom Battle Arena, and create a three-minute scene based on a random suggestion. And the best part? YOU get to pick the winner. Just watch the video on Facebook and vote for your fav! Details on our Facebook page.

Oh. And EVERY TIME YOU VOTE, you're entered to win FREE PASSES to Unscrewed Theater once it's safe to get together in-person.

And don't forget. EVERY Saturday night @ 7:30 pm, we've got our FREE Unscrewed House Party show. Family-friendly online fun for everyone. All you have to do is register online here – and set your alarm for 7:30 Saturday night! 

So, that's what we know about June. For now.  I'm working on rounding up more workshops and classes – and as soon as I have things ironed out, you'll be the first know. We'll put it in our weekly email, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 

Now, can I get serious for a minute?

First, I want to thank you. For your continued support, financial and otherwise. It has been overwhelming. Thank you for believing in what we do.

And right now, that's providing as much FREE online content as we can muster, along with down-right-cheap online classes & workshops. Whatever we can do to make you smile – from a safe distance. 

You probably know we're 100% volunteer-run – every last one of us does this for you. The folks that like to laugh at us.

Right now, our future is in your hands. More than you know. 

'Cuz we still have bills to pay. 

We know that not everyone is in the position to donate now. To you, we say – enjoy our free content as much as you can. We'll get through these tough times together.

If you are one of the lucky ones who have a few coins to spare, we'd love for you to join our family of supporters. It's easy to do online, and every dollar helps. Every gift and every donor makes us stronger.

Thanks, in advance, for your support. Click here to set up a monthly donation.

Donate $100 or more, and we'll send you one of our My MONEY Helped Save the Funny t-shirts! 

Or you can just buy our newest form of Quarantine Loungewear right here

Maybe you'd rather support us by buying a chance to win a new truck! Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle tickets are on sale right here. And every penny stays right at the theater!  AND every ticket you buy gets you a chance to win a FREE private improv show. 

In closing, as always, stay safe and let us know how you're doing. I'll be over here washing my hands, working on ways to keep you smiling.

Thanks and Take Care,
Chris Seidman
Executive Director,
Unscrewed Theater




Let's laugh online!
Will be funny for TIPS!




You Pick the Champion!

Starting June 15th!

Unscrewed House Party!
From our sofas to yours!

Win a Free Improv Show!

Get your tickets online!


Unscrewed Theater is located at 4500 E Speedway Blvd #39 – just west of Speedway & Swan in Midway Plaza on the south side of the street between Mama's Pizza & Sushi Ten.
Unscrewed is Tucson's ONLY 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit community theater dedicated to the fun and healing laughter found in improv comedy.

Since we are an all-volunteer run nonprofit, we 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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ZUZI! Dance: No Frills Dance Happenin'


From: ZUZI! Dance <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:40 AM
Subject: No Frills Dance Happenin'


A virtual show you don't want to miss!





Tickets are available HERE! Only $5!

Once you have purchased your tickets, you will receive a link to watch this event!



Please spread the word!


We truly appreciate your support!




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Monday, June 01, 2020

Summer Happenings at Borderlands Theater


From: Borderlands Theater <>
Sent: Monday, June 1, 2020 5:00 AM
Subject: Summer Happenings at Borderlands


Lunadas, Mask Alive, and more!



New Masks Alive! Performances Added



Masked Storytelling for Kids and Families Featuring:

Zarco Guerrero


Hosted by

Veronica Conran




Mask Alive! Series Extends Dates Through July




Wednesday, June 10th @ 12:00pm


Wednesday July 8th @12:00pm



Live on Borderlands Theater's Facebook and YouTube pages!


To access links to both pages

click HERE!


Renowned sculptor/mask maker Zarco Guerrero returns telling poignant, culturally and temporally relevant stories through characters based on real people who we all can find familiarity and comfort in. Characters like "Vato Poeta," "El Narizon," "La Comadre," and "The Smoker" address real topics that kids are faced with today like bullying and self-love, violence, and the pandemic. Join us for Parts 2 and 3 in the Mask Alive! Series where Zarco takes us inside his studio/gallery to see how his masks are made and meet new characters each performance! 


Performance 1 in the Masks Alive! Series can be streamed on Borderland's YouTube Channel


We are thrilled to introduce Veronica Conran as the new host for the series. Veronica hails from Nogales, Arizona and is our new Digital Content Producer at Borderlands Theater.





After the overwhelming success of our first virtual Lunada in April, the collaborative team of GalerĂ­a de la Raza and Borderlands Theater brings the 18 year literary series to a digital screen near you for seven monthly installments starting in June. A historic collaboration presenting an evening of truth telling and testimonials during the dark side of the moon, the virtual Lunada promises an evening of medicine for the heart and spirit. 


Curated by a national advisory committee of poets including Amalia Ortiz (San Antonio), Marc David Pinate (Tucson), Yosimar Reyes (Los Angeles) and Sandra Garcia Rivera (NYC), the Virtual Lunada will present two featured poets on the new moon of each month, along with several "open mic" poets from around the country. Featured poet line up will be announced soon!



New Moon Virtual Literary Lounge

Presented By

GalerĂ­a de la Raza & Borderlands Theater





June 21st

July 20th

August 19th

September 17th  

October 16

November 15th

December 14th


ALL LUNDAS START AT 6PM PST Livestreamed to Borderlands Facebook and YouTube pages.





Call for Poetry Videos


Interested in being part of the Lunada "open mic?" Send us a video of yourself reciting your original poetry (3 minutes max) and you could be part of an upcoming Lunada. Feel free to get creative with your background, make up, clothing... or just keep it clean and simple. We are looking to fill 35 open mic slots (5 per event) for the entire series.


Submission Tips:

1.  Good lighting and audio goes a long way.

2.  Keep in mind Lunadas are a community ritual for soul healing through poetry.

3.  June is PRIDE month. Poems around this theme will have special consideration for the June Lunada.


Send a link (YouTube, Vimeo) or your video file to by June 12 to be considered for the summer and fall Lunada dates.




A few selections of exciting digital content

from our friends and partners.


The #YosiBookClub is going Hollywood!


Join Yosimar Reyes on IG Live in lively conversations this June as he talks to Content Creators, Playwrights, and TV Writers about their plays and TV projects. We will be discussing their creative process and their journey as Latinx creators. This line up is straight fire!


6/05- Curly Velasquez( @thecurlyvshow ), Pero Like, Buzzfeed

6/10-Luis Alfaro (@theluisalfaro ), Playwright, USC School of Dramatic Arts

6/12- Tanya Saracho ( @tanyasaracho ), Creator and Showrunner VIDA on Starz

6/19- Linda Chavez (@lindayvettechavez ), Co-Creator Gentefied on Netflix

6/29-Marvin Lemis (@elmarvinlemus ), Co-Creator Gentefied on Netflix











JUNE 22 - JULY 17, 2020




The School of YES! is Cara Mia Theatre's FREE month-long summer camp in June and July for ages 7–18 taking place ONLINE this summer! In all of our programs, students are taught by respected professional artists from the Dallas-Fort Worth community that are not just successful, but also look like the students they are teaching.


*This year applications from other states and cities will be considered. Non-resident seating will be limited, but it is strongly encouraged all interested students apply no matter where they are located.


The mission of The School of YES! is to give young people the skills to say "yes" to a future of their choice rather than feel pressured into a future defined by their environment. 



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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Troubadour Theatre Online June Classes


From: Troubadour Theatre <>
Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 3:07 PM
Subject: Troubadour Theatre Online June Classes



Troubadour Theatre is offering online classes in acting, musical theatre dance, music and more through June for ages 7-18.


We know that at this time, many kids are eager to be able to be able to see their friends again, and while we feel it's not safe to do so with our usual in-person summer camps currently, we will have a focus in our online classes on keeping the students connected and socializing with each other, and we will continue to provide them with a place to make friends and create art together, just safely from home!  


Also, if anyone has been financially impacted by COVID-19 and can't afford classes or camps at this time, please know that we still offer scholarships.  We don't want any kids to have to miss out on the summer theatre just because of finances. So just email if you would like to apply for a scholarship, we just have a simple scholarship form to fill out.  


Here's our online class schedule:


Rock, Roll, Repeat! Online Rock Music Class

Ages 11-18, musicians are required to have taken some instrument lesson prior to the class, singers/songwriters are welcome without experience.

June 1-24 Mon & Wed each week, 9-11am on Zoom

Instructors: Alex Greengaard and Jake Walters

Cost: $150

Students will spend their time working together to record music tracks.  Jake will be leading a new singer/songwriter element to the class.  Any of our students interested in musical theatre/singing should consider this class as well!  


Dungeons & Dragons: Online Class

Ages 10-18, no experience with the game required

June 1-24 Mon & Wed each week, TWO SECTIONS to choose from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm on Roll20 (1-4pm is FULL, morning section is still open)

Instructor: Aaron Cheney (if we have a larger enrollment in this class it will split into 2 sections with a second instructor)

Cost: $175

Students will play the classic role playing game, Dungeons & Dragons lead by an expert game master. D&D might not be your typical theatre class, but it teaches storytelling, imagination, improv, and is a lot of fun!


First Spotlight: Online Acting Class

Ages 7-12, no experience required

June 2-25, Tues & Thurs each week, 10-11:15am on Zoom

Instructor: Carrie Silverman

Cost: $100

Students will learn theatre games, acting skills, and prepare a performance to be presented through video chat at the end of the session. 


Antic Arts: Online Comedy Acting Class

Ages 10-18, no experience required

June 2-25, Tues & Thurs each week, 1:00-3:30pm on Zoom

Instructor: Kristen Wheeler

Cost: $175

Students will learn acting skills, improv, and rehearse and perform a comedy play specifically written to be performed through Zoom/video chat.


Musical Theatre Dance: Online Class NEW CLASS!

Ages 9-18, no experience required

June 5-26, Fridays 9:00-10:00am on Zoom

Instructor: Kris Hoffman

Cost: $60

This is a brand new class for us!  Our choreographer, Kris, will be teaching an online musical theatre style dance class.  Students will learn and perform choreography for a song from a musical (Kris will take student/parent requests for what song is chosen).


Requirements for online classes: All classes (except for D&D which is on Roll20) will be taught through video conferencing meetings on Zoom (Zoom is free for students to use).  So students need to have a computer (PC or Mac), tablet, or phone.  It is preferred to use a computer if possible as the desktop version of Zoom has full functions.  Students will also need wifi/internet, a front-facing camera, mic, and speakers/headphones.  


Hope you can join us for our online classes!  Sign up on our website now on the "Summer" tab.  Please let me know if you have any questions.


Stay well everyone!  Thank you so much for your support during this time!




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