Fundraising Party for “The Vortex”

On Oct. 9th, the Vespa Collaborative threw a party for The Vortex’s fundraising at the Vaucluse Lounge, on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Craig Robert Young-The Vortex fundraising party @ Vaucluse Lounge LA 09.10.2014 (3)


The Vespa Collaborative is made up of the director and cast of Noel Coward’s The Vortex. Amanda Eliasch is an author, director and producer and stars in The Cake, The Gun and The Butterfly.

Welcome to the swinging sixties with musical performances by Tom Bishel, Jayne McLendon, Rywolf, Desi Valentine, Maria Elena Infantino and special guest Star Search’s Hall of Fame Grand Champion Nita Whitaker.

Craig winner of a 2014 Scenies Award !

Congrats to our favourite Brit Craig R. Young for winning a Scenies Award for his performance in “The Vortex” at the Malibu Playhouse !

Scenies 2013-2014


The Vortex” won 4 Scenies : best lead actor, best lead actress, sounds design and scenic designer…. Congrats to cast and crew !

According to Steve Stanley, the L.A. theater is better than ever, a fact made abundantly clear by most of the 268 productions reviewed by himself from September 1, 2013 through August 31, 2014.

Steve Stanley - Stagies 2013-2014 (1)

Craig R. Young & Steve Stanley


Ian Alda in Broadway Bound
Joshua Bitton in Lost Girls
Will Bradley in Stupid Fucking Bird
Nate Jones in Holding The Man
Tyler Pierce in Everything You Touch
Peter James Smith in Land Line
Danton Stone in Day Trader
Craig Robert Young in The Vortex


Caroline Aaron in Be A Good Little Widow
Karianne Flaathen in Top Girls
Brighid Fleming in Day Trader
Gina Hecht in Broadway Bound
Shannon Holt in The Vortex
Larisa Oleynik in Be A Good Little Widow
Jennifer Pollono in Lost Girls


Bill Froggatt—Light Up The Sky, Night Watch, The Whipping Man
Greg Chun—The Dream Of The Burning Boy, Flim Flam: Houdini And The Hereafter, The Vortex
Corwin Evans—Dates And Nuts, Friends Like These, NO HOMO – A Bromantic Tragedy
Christopher Moscatiello—A Delicate Balance, Doctor Anonymous, Falling


Tom Buderwitz—A Delicate Balance, Into The Woods, A Song At Twilight, Tartuffe (with Dominique Serrand)
Takeshi Kata—Death Of The Author, The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens And Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, reasons to be pretty, Ruth Draper’s Monolgues
Hana S. Kim—The Brothers Size, Bulrusher, Closely Related Keys
David Mauer—Gruesome Playground Injuries, Lost Girls, Sunny Afternoon
Jeff McLaughlin—Lost Girls, Miracle On South Division Street, My Name Is Asher Lev, The Normal Heart
Jeanine A. Ringer—A Christmas Carol, Endgame, Pericles Prince Of Tyre
Erin Walley—Belfry, The Dream Of The Burning Boy, Flim Flam: Houdini And The Hereafter, The Vortex

Support Craig and ‘The Vortex’ at the Matrix Theatre

Come on and show your support to independent theatre in Los Angeles !

Noel Coward’s ‘The Vortex‘ is  back !  Beginning November 13th, the original cast will set up their cocktail trolley and move into the prestigious Matrix Theatre in West Hollywood, in the heart of Melrose Avenue.
You can pledge for the play until October 12 on their Indiegogo page.


Presented by Vespa Collaborative, the Matrix Theatre production stars the original stars of the Malibu Playhouse production, Shannon Holt (2014 Scenie Award Best Actress in a Comedy/Drama) as “Florence“, Craig Robert Young (2014 Scenie Award Best Actor in a Comedy/Drama) as “Nicky” and features other original cast members : Victoria Hoffman (“Helen“), Daniel Jimenez (“Tom“), Skye LaFontaine (“Bunty“), Cameron Mitchell Jr, (“Pawnie“) and new-comer John Mawson (“David“).

The Vortex‘ opens November 13, 2014 and plays Thursdays through Sundays until December 14 at the Matrix Theatre, 7657 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.

Craig guest star on ‘Hot in Cleveland’ !

Craig was on the set of ‘Hot in Cleveland‘ on Sept. 3rd as a guest star beside the amazing Betty White !

Craig Robert Young @ Hot in Cleveland (set) 04.09.2014 (12)


Hot in Cleveland‘ is a very popular comedy show that revolves around three fabulous L.A. women of a certain age who are best friends. Their lives are changed forever when their plane – headed to Paris for a girls-only celebration – unexpectedly lands in Cleveland and they soon rediscover themselves in a new ‘promised land’. Loving their new home, the women find themselves living under one roof and battling the sassy caretaker of the property they have rented.

The new season of ‘Hot in Cleveland‘ premieres in November, don’t miss Craig‘s episode !

Craig is doing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.


If you accept the challenge, you have to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on your head and challenging other participants to do the same. Nominated people have 24 hours to comply or make a donation.

The Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media and became a real phenomenon with numerous celebrities, politicians, athletes posting videos of themselves online and on TV participating in the event.

The ALS Association has received $70.2 million in donations compared to $2.5 million during the same time period last year !