News: TRU Presents Panel via Zoom: "Solo Strategies: Finding Your Story (and the People Who'll Want to Hear It)" on 4/21

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) will present its April panel "Solo Strategies: Finding Your Story (and the People Who'll Want to Hear It)" on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 via Zoom. Networking begins at 7pm, and the panel starts at 7:30pm. Reserve a spot on the event page at or by emailing, and you will be put on a list to receive the Zoom link.

Bob Ost, executive director of TRU, says, "Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all TRU live events are being rescheduled while we wait for the all clear. To help bridge the gap of social distancing, this panel will be held virtually via Zoom. Email to be added to the invitation list and join our community. Stay positive, test negative, be safe!"

In this time of required isolation, solo performance is uniquely positioned for effective virtual presentation. Solo performance guru and writer/director Gretchen Cryer will guide audiences through the creative journeys of five solo artists with whom she is working, including son Jon Cryer. The panel will consider how an outside eye may be essential to help shape a story and find the universal truths in personal details, as well as to bring out a dramatic arc that generates audience engagement and genuine drama. But writing and performing is only part of the picture. Most writers have a hard time embracing that marketing is also an art form creating a demand for a product through creative communication. Abby Stokes and guests will share guerilla marketing techniques to help participants to see marketing through a new lens and be shown how to think outside the box and identify and maximize a play's resources, along with step-by-step tools for organizing a strategic plan.

Speakers include director/writer Gretchen Cryer (I'm Getting My Act Together..., Obie-winning The Last Sweet Days of Isaac) and teacher of "Creating Your Own Solo Performance"; Jon Cryer, actor (Emmy winner for TV's Two and a Half Men, Lex Luthor in Super-girl; films: Pretty in Pink, No Small Affair), writer (So That Happened); writer/actor Linda Manning (Perfect Love, Bite the Apple); writer/actor Brian Sheridan (I Was a Hot Monk, off-Broadway's Sirens of Titan); Abby Stokes, writer/actor (A Good Girl Doesn't), author of best-selling Is This Thing On? A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital...; and Steve Wruble, singer/songwriter and storyteller (Escape from Daddyland) and co-author of The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump.

The Zoom room opens at 7:00pm for networking and roundtable introductions of attendees - come prepared with your best 20-second summary of who you are, and what you need. The panel starts at 7:30. It is free for TRU members. Everyone else can pay what they can - to keep TRU up and running (and yes, you may click the button for a free ticket). Please use the bright red reservation box on our web page, or email to be put on the invite list. (Note: Zoom space is limited, so RSVP early.)


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