You will be changed after seeing Friends Like These.”Jessica Hughes
Powerful performances and a relatable storyline make this a memorable, moving, and above all, must-see show.”Erin Jackson
Format: Full Length
Run Time: 90-105 minutes
Cast: 3 Male, 2 Female
In this honest and poignant look at adolescence, Garret, an outsider, navigates the tumultuous halls of his school with his best friend Diz, a self-proclaimed freak. They escape the day-to-day tortures of high school in a game-world called Haven, where they slay monsters and save maidens. When Garret catches the attention of Nicole, a popular cheerleader with an honest heart, it upsets the status quo. Jealousy and betrayal force Garret to confront past mistakes and question who his real friends are. This gut-wrenching new play unswervingly explores the tragic consequences of bullying that have left us staggering as a nation time and time again.
The level of emotional intelligence, language and teen experientiality of the material is spot on, thus, and relevant as all hell.”Tracey Paleo
The Geek, 17
The Freak, 15
Clad in an oversized hoodie, baggy jeans and a moniker borrowed from her favorite Tiny Toon, Danielle Watts may as well be just one of the guys. Garrett’s best friend and confidant, she secretly harbors a fierce crush on him but doesn’t know how to express it. When Garrett starts dating Nicole, Diz’s jealousy threatens to get the better of her, and drive her to unspeakable lengths to win him back.
The Social Butterfly, 16
The Cheerleader, 16
The Jock, 17
…a play less about high-school or petty romance, but about identity and the darkness that often fuels it.”Josh Morrison
Gregory Crafts is a multi-hyphenate creative artist residing in the Arts District of North Hollywood, California with his beloved wife, Jenn, and their two cats. Besides writing, his interests include acting, directing, going to the theatre, reading, playing video games, designing web sites, participating in 5k mud runs, reading comic books and practicing martial arts. He 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. He 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.
Crafts eloquently captures the petty jealousies, pointless cruelties, and heightened self-consciousness of painful adolescence.”Marc Miller
Staged Reading - Write Act Repertory
The first public staged reading of Friends Like These took place here on June 11th, 2007.
Directed by Phillip Kelly, it featured Sean Fitzgerald as Garrett, Jim Martyka as Bryan, Jennifer Knighton as Diz, Susannah Myrvold as Nicole and Joe McClean as Jesse.
World Premiere & Re-Mount - The Sherry Theater
Friends Like These first opened here on September 11th, 2009. The show enjoyed a sold-out run for a month and a half, then returned for a re-mount in January 2010.
2010 Hollywood Fringe Festival - The Ruby Theatre @ The Complex
In June 2010, Friends Like These ran for four critically-acclaimed performances in The Ruby Theatre at The Complex as a part of the inaugural Hollywood Fringe Festival.
2010 New York Int'l Fringe Festival - The Cherry Pit
The SET Group @ The SCV Space
In January 2011, The Southwest Entertainment Group became the first company besides Theatre Unleashed to produce a run of Friends Like These.
Cal State Fullerton @ The Joseph Clayes III Performing Arts Center
In December 2013, Cal State Fullerton students Scott Sharma and Cailin Luneburg co-produced a special two-performance run of Friends Like These. This marks the first time Friends Like These was performed in the round.
2014 Hollywood Fringe Festival @ The Elephant Space
Theatre Unleashed brought Friends Like These back to the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June 2014 at The Elephant Stage. http://hff14.org/1594
2014 San Diego International Fringe Festival @ Bread & Salt
Theatre Unleashed brought Friends Like These to San Diego in July 2014 as a part of the second annual San Diego International Fringe Festival.
2014 ENECORE! Series @ Theatre Asylum
The 2014 Fringe Tour of Friends Like These was one of the winning productions of The ENCORE! Producers Award, and enjoyed a special two-performance run at Theatre Asylum on July 18th & 19th.
2016 Reuion Reading @ The Belfry Stage
On July 24th, 2016, members of the 2014 Fringe tour cast reunited for a special reading of the Stage Rights Acting Edition of Friends Like These at Theatre Unleashed.
…a shrewd study of modern adolescence.”Ben Trawick Smith
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Crafts does a good job of capturing the nightmare of daily abuse… and offers sympathetic insight into those unpopular teens who are pushed to a murderous breaking point.”Pauline Adamek
Greg is proud to pledge a portion of all royalties and revenues from book sales and licensed productions of Friends Like These to Rachel’s Challenge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, equipping and empowering every person to create a permanent positive culture change in their school, business and community by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
Rachel Scott was a remarkable young woman who was known for reaching out to students at her school that were new, lonely or picked on. She was also, tragically, the first victim of the Columbine High School Massacre. Inspired by her writings, her family began Rachel’s Challenge to honor her memory and tackle the issues of bullying and teen sucicde head-on.