by Gregory Crafts

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“…an emotional gauntlet that questions just what it might take to turn a good person into a bad one.”

Christine Deitner

Critic, TheTheatreTimes.com

The Show

Three Can Keep a Secret, by Gregory Crafts

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Format: Full Length
Genre: Drama, Tragedy
Run Time: 75 minutes
Cast: 3 Male, 3 Female, 6 Any

It’s Kevin and Stephanie Connolly’s fifth wedding anniversary, and Kevin has a night of celebration planned for them. Of course, this means he won’t be going out on his regular patrol of Metro City as his alter-ego, M-Pulse, the self-appointed Eminence of Electromagnetism. But things should be fine without him for one night, right? Wrong.

One would think that there could be no secrets left between a husband and wife after five years of matrimonial bliss, but when a powerful super villain’s attack interrupts Kevin and Stephanie’s date, a hero’s unmasking bears significant consequences for the Connollys.

Consequences that will resonate and redefine their relationship forever.

Tattered Capes delivers where only DC and Marvel have delivered before.

Bob Leggett

Critic, Indie Voice Blog

Dramatis Personae

Sorcerer Slurm - The Villain. More inept than truly scary - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

M-Pulse

The Eminence of Electromagnetism

Inky: Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold. Youthful. - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

StarChild

The World’s Most Powerful Telepath

Blackjack - A Famous and somehwat self-absorbed superhero - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

Maximus

Sole Survivor of a Noble Alien Race

Inky: Sidekick to Blackjack the Bold. Youthful. - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

Lady Voodoo

Mistress of the Arcane Arts

Blackjack - A Famous and somehwat self-absorbed superhero - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

Jonathan Strong

Mercury, Speed Demon, Speedy,
(Currently between super-identities)
Ironically, The World’s Fastest Man.

Sorcerer Slurm - The Villain. More inept than truly scary - musicals for kids, children's theatre, TYA, shows for kids, kids shows

The Owl

Paranoid Billionaire Genius Detective and Martial Arts Master

“…Excellent script. Tattered Capes impresses across the board.”

Amanda Lloyd

Producer, Flat Tire Theatre Company

About the Playwright

Gregory Crafts

Gregory Crafts

Playwright

Gregory Crafts is a multi-hyphenate creative artist residing in the Arts District of North Hollywood, California with his beloved wife, Jenn, and their three cats. Besides writing, his interests include acting, directing, going to the theatre, reading, playing video games, designing websites, participating in 5k mud runs, reading comic books and practicing martial arts. Greg is a founding member of Theatre Unleashed and is proud to serve as its Managing Director. He is also a card-carrying member of SAG-AFTRA, Actors’ Equity, the Dramatists Guild, a founding member of the Theatrical Producers League of Los Angeles, a member of the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights, and an Ovation Voter. Greg likes to spend what little free time he has playing Dungeons & Dragons with his friends or watching the UFC. A proud graduate of Emerson College, Greg also nurses an unhealthy obsession with the Boston Red Sox. gregorycrafts.com.

“Damn good.”

Rasika Mathur

MTV's Wild & Out

Production History

Play/Time at Theatre Unleashed

Developed as a part of Theatre Unleashed‘s Play/Time, Happy Anniversary was the first draft of the ten-minute play that would soon become The Anniversary Issue, then later Tattered Capes.

The Anniversary Issue at Short+Sweet Hollywood

It took almost three years for the script to be performed again, but when Greg was invited to produce a 10-minute play to the inaugural Short+Sweet Festival in Hollywood, he knew exactly what to bring. Renaming the show The Anniversary Issue, Greg took the opportunity to direct the show himself, and in taking the time to rediscover the material, he realized that there was a lot more of this story to tell.

The Anniversary Issue at Serial Killers at Sacred Fools

After Short+Sweet, Greg wrote a loose outline for a full-length version of The Anniversary Issue and submitted the script to L.A.’s Theatrical Thunderdome – Serial Killers at Sacred Fools. Every week, five shows entered, only three shows left alive each week to continue their story. The Anniversary Issue would survive through its third episode. But the story didn’t end there.

Though it was killed off months prior, The Anniversary Issue made it into the Season 12 Playoffs at Serial Killers by audience vote. Sadly, the show didn’t advance past the quarterfinals. But it did give Greg the incentive to keep working on finishing that first draft.

Hollywood Fringe Festival at studio/stage

Tattered Capes, presented by Theatre Unleashed at studio/stage, opens June 8th as part of the 2019 Hollywood Fringe Festival

“Passionately written with such love of the comic genre, but still a relationship drama at heart.

Aaron Kozak

Playwright, Saving Cain

Giving Back

Three Can Keep a Secret, by Gregory Crafts

Greg is proud to pledge a portion of all royalties and revenues from book sales and licensed productions of Tattered Capes to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, and retailers. 

Watchmen meets Othello.

Michael Gordon Shapiro

Creator, The Bully Problem

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