Current Production

  • Fade

    Fade, by Tanya Saracho

    October 20 – November 13, 2022

    Helen Hayes Awards Recommended

    “Engaging and thought-provoking” — MD Theatre Guide

    “Sharp, witty, sensitive, and yes — unexpected — Fade offers insights into race and class within the Mexican-American community.” —K Street Magazine

    “Lively, sharp, witty, and challenging, Unexpected Stage Company’s Fade makes you question if we have to leave pieces of ourselves and our culture behind as we climb to “the top” and if, in the end, that climb is worth the cost.” —DC Theater Arts

    Directed by Dylan Arredondo

    Featuring Michael Burgos and Camila Calderon

    Stage Managed by Paige Willis

    Designed by Sharlene Clinton, Matthew Mills, Jozef Orisich and Simone Schneeberg; Board Operator Matthew Datcher

    A few years after the publication of her hit debut novel, Lucia lands her first TV writing job at a cutthroat network studio,  where she struggles to find her place on the white male-dominated set. She and the only other Latinx employee there, a janitor named Abel, become close quickly even as they wrangle over differing points of view.

    But as Abel shares his stories with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes. Infused with humor and a sharp insightFade explores class and race within the Mexican and Mexican-American communities, and asks whether status can change who you are at your core.

    Audience members will be required to wear masks in the theater.

    Please note: Fade contains strong language/themes. If you should have any questions, please call or email — we’re happy to answer them.


    Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 p.m. — Pay-What-You-Wish Performance; Advanced ticket reservation is strongly recommended.

    Thursday, October 27 at 7:30 p.m. — Benefit performance with 50% of ticket sales going to support Germantown HELP.

    Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. — Performances are followed by a post-show discussion with members of the creative team.

    Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. — ASL interpretation will be available for the performance.

    Fade is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities  Council of Montgomery County.

    This organization is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (

    Unexpected Stage thanks The Center for Organizational Excellence for its support.  

    Fade is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.