Be a Good Little Widow
by Bekah Brunstetter
July 12-August 5
at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building in Bethesda

Life can be messy. Melody thought being a young wife was hard, until she became a widow. As she contemplates the proper way to grieve, her mother-in-law is by her side with never-ending, yet well-meaning, expert advice. From dutiful black dresses to inappropriate outbursts, Melody navigates an unchartered course towards understanding what it means to find someone through losing them. Brunstetter’s quirky comedy contemplates how devotion and hope can persevere in the midst of unexpected loss.

River Road Unitarian Universalist Building, Fireside Room
6301 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817

 Ticket Prices – Save when you purchase in advance!

Pay-What-You-Wish Preview (July 12 eve)
Reserve Tickets online or by phone in advance, and pay what you wish at the door
Please note: Attendees for the PWYW preview performance must be present at box office at least 15 minutes prior to show, or ticket will be released.

Preview Performances (July 13 eve, July 14 matinee):
$10 advanced sale
$12 at the door

Thursday/Friday evenings:
$20 advanced sale
$22.50 at door

Saturday/Sunday matinees:
$22.50 advanced sale
$25 at the door

Saturday evenings:
$27.50 advanced sale
$29.50 at the door

With a big thanks to Montgomery County’s Executive Ball Funds, we are happy to be able to provide FREE tickets to students and teachers.* Please note: student or teacher attendee must be present at box office at least 15 minutes prior to show, or ticket will be released.

Senior, military, and group sales discounts are available!

*Free student/teacher tickets while supplies last. Up to a total of 160 tickets will be provided for the run of Be a Good Little Widow.


  • Saturday, July 28 at 2 p.m. – Post-show discussion with members of the cast and creative team

Thoughts or questions about the script? Interested in learning more about rehearsals, design, and the creative process? Our Saturday, July 28 matinee performance will be followed by a discussion with members of the cast and creative team. Please join us for an engaging and thoughtful conversation. Audience members from any performance date are welcome to attend the discussion, which will take place at approximately 3:30 p.m., following the performance.

  • Sunday, July 29 at 2 p.m. – Performance benefits the Wendt Center for Healing and LossThe Sunday, July 29, performance of Be a Good Little Widow will benefit the Wendt Center for Healing and Loss, with half of all tickets sales going to support this local non-profit. Since 1975, the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing has helped people in the greater Washington area rebuild a sense of safety and hope after experiencing a loss, life-threatening illness, violence, or other trauma. Nationally recognized for its expertise in grief, trauma and mental health, with a focus on the needs of the underserved, the Wendt Center provides an array of holistic services for children, teens, adults, families, and the local communities.

Unexpected Stage Company is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.  Funding for the Maryland State Arts Council is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Unexpected Stage gratefully acknowledges The Center for Organizational Excellence for its generous support.


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