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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Monday, March 16, 2020

Arizona Repertory Theatre Season Presentations Cancelled due to Coronavirus Concerns

 

From: Arizona Repertory Theatre <marketing@cfa.arizona.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2020 1:49 PM
Subject: For Immediate Release: Arizona Repertory Theatre Season Presentations Cancelled due to Coronavirus Concerns

 

Arizona Repertory Theatre Logo

 

 

 

 

 

Update on COVID-19

 

 

TUCSON, AZ Following recommendations from public health officials regarding slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, in conjunction with University of Arizona's decision to limit campus operations, and out of abundance of care for the community, The School of Theatre, Film & Television has made the decision to cancel all performances and events through April 2020. This includes the upcoming Arizona Repertory Theatre season presentations of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Light in the Piazza.

 

The School will waive current policy and issue refunds for ticket-holders who request them, and for those concerned about the financial impact on the School's educational resources, ticket dollars can be converted to a direct, tax-deductible, donation to the School of Theatre, Film & Television. Contributions will be applied directly towards students' education.

 

Ticket-holders are encouraged to contact Box Office at boxoffice@cfa.arizona.edu or (520) 621-1162 to make arrangements.

 

About Arizona Repertory Theatre

Arizona Repertory Theatre (ART) is a unique theatre company within the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, Film & Television.  ART presents six productions each season designed to educate and train theatre students while providing an incredibly entertaining experience for audiences.  ART performs over 100 performances each season from September through May.  ART is modeled after professional theatre companies and consists of students from the Acting and Musical Theatre program with students from the Design and Technology program providing production support. Arizona Repertory Theatre invites you to experience the future of theatre and "See Tomorrow's Stars Today!"

 

CLICK HERE FOR CORONAVIRUS UPDATES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

 

 

 

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Unscrewed Theater: We Love You, Tucson ♥

From: Unscrewed Theater <UnscrewedTheater@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 10:04 AM
Subject: We Love You, Tucson

 

 

March 16, 2020


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.
 
In the meantime, we'll keep you in the loop on our Facebook page and in your email inbox. So be on the lookout for news when we have it.

And if you *really* need a laugh, we'll always be ready for you on our YouTube Channel.
 
Know that we'll miss you just as much as you'll miss us.

Here's to healthy days ahead!

Gratefully yours, 


Chris Seidman
Executive Director,
Unscrewed Theater

Unscrewed Theater

4500 E. Speedway Blvd. #39

Tucson, AZ 85712

 

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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Oro Valley Theatre Company presents Barefoot in the Park

 

https://www.facebook.com/OVTheatreCompany/

 

 

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Live Theatre Workshop 2020 Auditions are Sunday, April 19

Call for Auditions

Live Theatre Workshop 2020 Auditions are Sunday, April 19

Live Theatre Workshop (LTW) is hosting an open call casting audition for all performing programs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at LTW’s new theatre campus, 3322 E. Ft. Lowell Rd. in Tucson. (Please note that the new theatre campus is not yet open to the public. Shows and classes are at the current location on Speedway Blvd.)

Musical theatre, dramatic, and comedic actors are encouraged to show off their acting talents at the audition. Live Theatre Workshop casts roles for its professional Children’s Theatre musicals and Mainstage shows throughout the year and is casting all genders, ethnicities, and ages!

No appointments are necessary; first come, first served. Some roles for the 2020-2021 seasons have already been cast.

People auditioning should bring a headshot and resume and be prepared with a one-minute monologue. Those interested in auditioning for Children’s Theatre musicals can also prepare a 32-bar musical selection. Please note that LTW will not provide an accompanist, but will have a laptop to connect to phones or flash drives.

The Children's Theatre shows in 2020/2021 include:

  • Robin Hood and His Merry Men: The Musical
  • Tooth Fairies in Training
  • A Christmas Catastrophe! : A Christmas Sing-A-Long
  • The Conundrum At Camp Catalina
  • Waiting for Dogo
  • Once Upon This Time

The 2020/2021 Mainstage season has not been announced yet.

Live Theatre workshop staff cannot schedule individual or make up auditions, but those unable to attend the audition date may submit a headshot and resume via email. Additionally, those interested in stage management or other technical roles should submit a resume and cover letter to livetheatreworkshop@gmail.com.

More about Live Theatre Workshop

Live Theatre Workshop produces inclusive, accessible and affordable professional theatre and theatre education that entertains, educates and enlightens children, adults, and families. Because art has the power to transform people and communities, LTW uses the performing arts to make a difference and pass on a passion for theatre to the next generation. LTW is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported by grants and generous people who appreciate LTW’s Mainstage plays, Children’s Theatre musicals, Etcetera Late-Night shows, and year-round theatre programming for children and teens that includes classes, summer camps and a young playwrights program.

https://www.livetheatreworkshop.org/getinvolved/audition.html?diffydate=1584230478

 

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Something Something Theatre info re: COVID-19

 

From: Something Something Theatre <info@somethingsomethingtheatre.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 6:14 PM
Subject: Something Something info re: COVID-19

 

Something Something Theatre will be heeding Mayor Romero's request to limit gatherings of 50+ participants. 

Our next play, The Aliens, is cancelled, but may be remounted in a month or so.  We will let you know as soon as we know.  For more information or refunds please write us at: 

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Winding Road Theater Ensemble to reschedule the remainder of its 2019-2020 season

 

From: Winding Road <windingroadte@gmail.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 14, 2020 10:31 AM
Subject: Winding Road to reschedule the remainder of its 2019-2020 season

 

As a precaution to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Winding Road Theater Ensemble has decided to postpone the final two productions of the 2019-2020 season: the March production of The Women of Lockerbie and the April production of the 2nd Annual Eight 10s in Tucson 10-minute Play Festival.

 

Out of an abundance of caution, Winding Road feels that rescheduling these shows is the most responsible way for us to support our patrons, artistic associates, and ensemble members.

 

Please know that this was not an easy decision for us to make, but the health and safety of everyone in our community is paramount. 

 

We ask everyone who has purchased individual or season tickets for either of these shows to please contact our Box Office at 520-401-3626. We are happy to accommodate you in any way we can.

 

Winding Road is exiting this season in good shape but, like all of the other theaters in town, there will be a loss of income from these cancellations. Please consider donating to local artists, organizations, and vendors. 

 

As soon as we secure new dates for these shows we will announce them. If you would like to be notified about our shows, be sure to sign up for our mailing list - you can do so by calling our Box Office or through the Contact Us tab on our web site: www.windingroadhteater.com

 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this unprecedented situation, and for your continued support of Tucson's performing arts community.

 

Thank you, be well, and we'll see you at the theatre!

 

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Arizona Repertory Theatre cancelling all performances through April due to COVID-19

 

From: School of Theatre, Film & Television <marketing@cfa.arizona.edu>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 6:38 PM
Subject: Arizona Repertory Theatre Update on COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very sorry to announce that to be responsive to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) and the current public health situation, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the remaining performances of the Arizona Repertory Theatre season. Following the recommendations from public health officials regarding slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in conjunction with University of Arizona's decision to limit campus operations, The School of Theatre, Film & Television has made the decision to cancel all performances and events through April. This includes the upcoming seasons of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Light in the Piazza.

 

We will waive our current policy and issue refunds to those who request it, but for those concerned about the financial impact on our educational resources we will gladly convert your ticket dollars to a direct, tax-deductible, donation to the School of Theatre, Film & Television. Your contribution will go directly toward our students' education, and we thank you in advance for your consideration.

 

Please reach out to us at boxoffice@cfa.arizona.edu or (520) 621-1162 if you have questions or would like to make arrangements.

 

The health and well-being of our community is the top priority at the University of Arizona and for our entire performing arts family. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time.

 

Click here for Coronavirus updates from the University of Arizona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University of Arizona College of Fine Arts | marketing@cfa.arizona.edu

1017 N. Olive Rd. Music Building Room 111, Tucson AZ 85721

 

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TIM Comedy Theater Closed Due to COVID-19

 

From: Tucson Improv Movement <justin@tucsonimprov.com>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2020 5:06 PM
Subject: TIM Closed due to COVID-19

 

 

TIM Comedy Theater Closed Due to COVID-19

Starting today, Friday, March 13th, we canceling all shows at Tucson Improv Movement. We didn't make this decision lightly and want to be apart of the solution in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We don't know what the future of this pandemic will look like and want to do all we can to keep our community safe.

Our shows will be canceled through March 25th, and we will make a determination about future operations on that day. We are also canceling all classes and rehearsals, an email will be going out in the next day to our comedy school students with more details.

We love Tucson and all of you! Please continue to love and support each other. Be kind, and we hope to be laughing again with you soon!

 

Tucson Improv Movement

414 E 9th Street

Tucson, AZ 85705



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