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For Immediate Release
UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY
Presents Samuel D. Hunter’s
JULY 11-AUGUST 4
RIVER ROAD UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST
Montgomery County-based Unexpected Stage Company celebrates its 10th season
BETHESDA, MD (May 22, 2019) This summer marks the 10th season for Unexpected Stage Company, which will present The Few, a drama by about the search for connection, by MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter (A Bright New Boise). The production will run July 11 to August 4 in the Fireside Room, an intimate 38-seat venue at the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building, located at 6301 River Road in Bethesda.
General admission tickets, priced $10 to $29.50, are on sale via phone at 800-838-3006, online at www.unexpectedstage.org, and at the door subject to availability. A special Pay-What-You-Wish preview performance is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, at 7:30 p.m.; reservations are recommended. For information, please call 301-337-8290 or visit www.unexpectedstage.org.
It’s 1999; uncertainty and instability are in the air. Four years earlier, Bryan had abandoned his labor of love, a newspaper for truckers that he founded with his friends. Now he’s returned to small-town Idaho with no word of where he’s been, and everything has changed. One friend is gone, the other – his former lover – has traded idealism for realism, and their new-ish co-worker is emotionally invested in a paper now filled with personal ads instead of perspectives. Hunter’s play is a “compassionate, gently-hued drama about lonely lives” (New York Times) desperately searching for a renewed faith in humanity.
“Wow – our 10th season! My wife Rachel and I planned to have three children, but in reality we have four,” shares Unexpected Stage Company Co-founder Chris Goodrich, who also directs The Few. “We have nurtured this company, pampered it, soothed it, diapered it, and watched it grow, with the help of so many along the way. We hope to be kick-ass parents at this point as we watch this child mature every day. This summer we dive into a new world for us – one with the compelling tropes of connection, disconnection, loneliness, and intimate humanity – but this time through the lens of the trucking community. Buckle up!”
The New York Times called The Few a “compassionate, gently hued drama about lonely lives,” praising the play for its “unusual insight into, and empathy for, people whose lives have settled into sad stasis, or strategic withdrawal.”
The cast of The Few features Baakari Wilder (Broadway’s Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk; Unexpected Stage Company’s Trifles) as Bryan, Dawn Thomas Reidy (Unexpected Stage Company’s Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Bounds) as QZ, and Andrew Flurer (Pallas Theatre Collective’s Assassins) as Matthew. Voiceover actors currently include award-winning D.C.-area playwright Audrey Cefaly, Ira Joe Fisher (former weather reporter for the CBS Saturday Early Show), Michael Grenham (executive manager and conservatory director at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting), and Zach Brewster-Geisz (Unexpected Stage Company’s Oblivion).
Playwright Samuel D. Hunter is best known for captivating dramas set in his home state of Idaho, exploring themes of empathy and social isolation. A 2014 recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant, Hunter’s work includes A Bright New Boise, The Whale, The Healing, and A Great Wilderness.
In addition to Goodrich, the creative team also includes Alison Mark (set design), Andrew Dodge (lighting design). and Matthew Mills (sound design).
By Samuel D. Hunter
July 11-August 4
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building – Fireside Room
6301 River Road, Bethesda, MD
Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
General Admission Tickets: $20 – $29.50
Pay-What-You-Can preview performance: Thursday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Discounts available for students, seniors, military, and groups.
ABOUT UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY
Celebrating its tenth season in 2019, Unexpected Stage Company is a professional regional theater company founded by Christopher Goodrich and Rachel Stroud-Goodrich. The company dedicates itself to honoring the intricacies and intimacies of the complete human experience and, to that end, seeks to unite people, place and storytelling in order to explore interconnection. Past productions include Helen Hayes Award Recommended productions of Be a Good Little Widow, Oblivion, Candy and Dorothy, and The Lady in the Van. Other audience or critical favorites include Alex and Olmsted’s Milo the Magnificent, Deb Margolin’s 8 STOPS, and Kooman and Dimond’s Dani Girl (three Helen Hayes Award nominations). Visit www.unexpectedstage.org and www.facebook.com/unexpectedstage.
This project is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
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.
The Few is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.