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GET IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT “A WAKE FOR JACOB MARLEY: AN UNEXPECTED FUNDRAISER”
Interactive theatrical prequel to A Christmas Carol set for December 14
October 14, 2013 –Offering a unique twist on Charles Dickens’ holiday classic A Christmas Carol, Unexpected Stage Company will present “A Wake for Jacob Marley: An Unexpected Fundraiser” at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 14. You are cordially invited to honor the life of Ebenezer Scrooge’s late colleague Jacob Marley in this original, interactive theatrical experience, featuring favorite actors from Unexpected Stage Company’s four critically acclaimed seasons. Join in the merriment at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD.
With carolers, holiday food and drink, and much more, guests will remember the departed in a festive setting, while supporting Jacob Marley’s favorite theater: Unexpected Stage! Cocktail attire is encouraged. Advanced-sale ticket price is $45 ($25 tax-deductible). For an additional $25, you can participate in the wake with scripted lines, or you can sponsor a character of choice and capture the moment with a photo. For just $10, you can have a keepsake photo with Jacob Marley himself. For tickets, call 301-337-8290 or visit www.unexpectedstage.org.
“A Wake for Jacob Marley” is the brainchild of Unexpected Stage Company’s co-founder and co-artistic director Christopher Goodrich, an award-winning theater artist and poet, and a former Emerging Writer’s Fellow at The Writer’s Center. Explains Goodrich, “A Christmas Carol is such a popular show during the holiday season, and I wanted to present those characters from a different perspective. I have also scripted new characters, including some lesser-known ghosts of Christmas. The audience is involved, so you don’t know what might happen next.”
Guests can mingle with characters who are paying their respects to the departed. The cast includes:
- Baakari Wilder (Broadway’s Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk and Unexpected Stage Company’s Trifles) as Ebenezer Scrooge;
- Scott Courlander (Unexpected Stage Company’s A Phoenix Too Frequent and Artistic Director of Red Knight Productions) as Bob Cratchit;
- Katie Zitz (Managing Director of Red Knight Productions) as Tiny Tim;
- Brandon Mitchell (Unexpected Stage Company’s The Lady in the Van) as Jacob Marley;
- Lois Sanders (Unexpected Stage Company’s The Lady in the Van) as Suzanna Grendel-Marley, Jacob Marley’s wife;
- Amanda Spellman (Finalist in Unexpected Stage Company’s 2013 Monologue Fest) as Minnie Marley, Jacob’s daughter
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER GOODRICH
Christopher Goodrich is the Co-Producing Artistic Director of Unexpected Stage Company. He is the recipient of the prestigious Stella Adler Studio Who’s Who in Drama award for his work at the four year Conservatory. He has directed more than 20 off-Broadway and Off-off Broadway features including the American premiere of Canadian playwright Norm Foster’s Wrong for Each Other (Manhattan Theatre Source); the world premiere of National Book Award-winner Gerald Stern’s Father Guzman (Poet’s Theatre); and the world premiere of Kenneth Koch’s Edward and Christine (Columbia University). In addition, Christopher is a widely published and award-winning poet whose first collection, Nevertheless Hello, was published by Steel Toe Books in 2009.
His poetry has appeared in Margie, Entelechy International, Diner, 5AM, Kestrel, Hotel Amerika, Rattle, The New York Quarterly, The Sycamore Review, The Cimarron Review and The Worcester Review among others. He has also been featured on Verse Daily and NPR. He is the recipient of a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize and Emerging Writer’s Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and he holds an M.F.A. from New England College. His latest manuscript, No Texting at the Dinner Table, was recently accepted by New York Quarterly Books.
ABOUT UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY
Unexpected Stage Company is a professional regional theater company founded by the husband-and-wife team of award-winning actor-director Christopher Goodrich and actress-singer 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. Visit www.unexpectedstage.org and www.facebook.com/unexpectedstage.
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 of our 2013 season.
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PRAISE FOR UNEXPECTED STAGE. . .
“Unexpected Stage Company, led by Chris Goodrich and Rachel Stroud-Goodrich, is a welcome addition to Montgomery County’s arts scene.” – The Gazette
“Presented by the aptly named Unexpected Stage Company, ‘Candy and Dorothy’ features a strong cast… in service of an equally strong and compelling script.”– Metro Weekly
“I haven’t had this much fun in the theatre in a long time, so kudos to the cast and director Christopher Goodrich for their very funny and poignant production of ‘Candy and Dorothy.’” – Maryland Theatre Guide
2012 Press for Unexpected Stage’s production of The Dumb Waiter and Trifles:
2012 Press for Unexpected Stage’s Monologue Fest:
- Other Press:
- MD Theatre Guide