The 2014 ENCORE! Performance

Sean Casey Flanagan as Bryan and Sammi Lappin as Diz in Friends Like These by Gregory Crafts at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe ENCORE! Series

“The level of emotional intelligence, language and teen experientiality of the material is spot on, thus, and relevant as all hell.”
– Gia On The Move

“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.”
– Stage Raw

“A masterpiece.”
– L.A. Examiner

“…an insightful play. I will be thinking and talking about this show for a long time.”
– Broadway World

“…under Wendy Gough Soroka’s assured direction, Lappin, Flanagan, Koo, Pollero, and Sharma all deliver intense, effective performances, with a particularly impressive Sharma’s touching take on Garrett the evening’s standout.”
– Stage Scene L.A.

“Lappin shines as the angst-ridden Diz. Her performance straddles the razor’s edge of devastated little girl and furiously confused teenager and her twisted outbursts come from real places of torment.”
– Bitter Lemons

“Theatre Unleashed unleashed an excellent revival for the Fringe and beyond…”
– L.A. Observed

“Powerful performances and a relatable storyline make this a memorable, moving, and above all, must-see show.”
– East Village San Diego

“…the choreography of their Haven scenes made me believe [Director Wendy Gough] Soroka could convincingly stage Lord of the Rings in my living room.”

– San Diego Story

Friends Like These by Gregory Crafts is Stage Raw Recommended
Friends Like These by Gregory Crafts is a Winner of The ENCORE! Producers Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival

July 2014
Theatre Asylum in Hollywood, CA 
Produced by Combined Artform, Theatre Unleashed & Mad Magpie

production team
Director – Wendy Gough Soroka
Stage Manager – Erin Scott
Press Agent – Jim Martyka
Graphic Design – Jenn Scuderi
Sound Design – Corwin Evans
Costume Design – Katie Sikkema
Lighting Design – Michael Berger
Props Design – Erin Scott
Fight Choreographer – Sean Fitzgerald
Wrestling Consultant – J. Anthony McCarthy

Scott Sharma as Garrett
Sean Casey Flanagan as Bryan
Sammi Lappin as Diz
Parissa Koo as Nicole
Lee Pollero as Jesse (July 18th)
Wade Wilson as Jesse (July 19th)

special thanks
Aaron Lyons
Matt Quinn at Theatre Asylum
Peter & Lauren Crafts
Ben Hill & The Hollywood Fringe Team
Kevin Patterson & The San Diego Fringe Team
April, Charles, Amy and the rest of the Art Pulse Team