Unexpected Stage is moving!

Catch our summer production, Carly Mensch’s thought-provoking comedy Oblivion, in our new location.
July 13-August 6
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building
Fireside Room
6301 River Rd, Bethesda, MD 20817

Uber-hip Brooklynites Pam and Dixon take pride in their secular, philosophical approach to parenting. When their 17-year-old daughter Julie decides to become a Christian, their laid-back, open-minded facade is exposed. Called “smart, sassy, and rewarding” by The New York Times, Carly Mensch’s Oblivion takes a wry look at the nature of belief in these changing times, and reveals that growing up isn’t just for kids anymore.

The cast of Oblivion features Zach Brewster-Geisz as Dixon, Jonathan Frye as Bernard, Ruthie Rado as Julie, and Mindy Shaw as Pam.

Oblivion is written by Carly Mensch, best known for writing and producing television shows including GLOW, Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, and Weeds, and for her plays Now Circa Then, All Hail Hurricane Gordo, and Len, Asleep in Vinyl. The production is directed by Unexpected Stage Company co-founder Christopher Goodrich. The creative team also includes Kristen Jepperson (set design), Matthew Mills (sound design), and Andrew Dodge (lighting design).

Oblivion marks Unexpected Stage’s first full-scale production in the Fireside Room of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building. Speaking of this intentional move to the 40-seat venue, Goodrich explains, “The intimacy of the space is incredibly exciting for us as artists. Audiences usually tell the truth, which means they are reacting honestly. They are constantly communicating with an actor, even if they aren’t always heard. In this way a bond is created. When actors are this close to their audience, the actor cannot lie. And that honesty strengthens this bond between theatergoer and performer.”

Tickets are on sale now at oblivioncomedy.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006 – purchase in advance and save!


Thanks so funding from the Montgomery County Executive Ball Funds, we are so happy to be offering complimentary student and teacher tickets to every performance of Oblivion. Tickets can be reserved at oblivioncomedy.brownpapertickets.com or 800-838-3006.* Please note Oblivion contains strong language.

*With valid ID. Up to 75 complimentary tickets will be provided to students and teachers during the run of Oblivion.

Thank you to the wonderful artists who made Unexpected’s 2nd Annual Artists Retreat a dream. Poet Kim Roberts, Playwright Audrey Cefaly, Performer Alex Vernon, Performer Sarah Olmsted Thomas, Director Clare Shaffer and Poet Michael Glaser. Fascinating what we learned, shared and created during our time together.