Unexpected Stage Company

Actor Briana Manente

Kick off Unexpected Stage’s 2015 season with Especially Unexpected: Children of an Idle Brain

Especially Unexpected: Children of an Idle Brain

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm

One woman, 14 stuffed animals, not one good reason to stay home. . .

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For information: 301-337-8290 or rachel@unexpectedstage.org .

Save $10 off the door price, when you purchase in advance!*

Unexpected Stage is throwing a party to kick off its 2015 season, and you’re invited! Join us as Briana Manente performs her new work Children of an Idle Brain: A One-Woman Romeo and Juliet. In this festive atmosphere, event attendees will have the chance to meet and mingle with artists from Unexpected Stage’s upcoming summer production of Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age, while enjoying light refreshments.

About Children of an Idle Brain: A One-Woman Romeo and Juliet

Unexpected Stage audiences will know Briana Manente from her hilarious performance as Dori in last season’s Danny Boy. Originally conceived as a graduate school thesis project, Children of an Idle Brain: A One-Woman Romeo and Juliet is a fast-paced 40-minute ride through Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.  Subverting the usual interpretation, Manente performs all of the roles herself, with help from a cast of stuffed animals, which she manipulates with the skill of a puppeteer.  Whimsical, comic moments give way to unexpectedly touching scenes, as Manente transforms from one character to another in a split second.  As a special addition for Unexpected Stage, Manente has agreed to hold a “talk back” discussion with herself and the animals!

Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm

The Writer’s Center Reading Room
4508 Walsh Street
Bethesda, MD 20815

To purchase tickets, please call 800-838-3006.

For information 301-337-8290 or rachel@unexpectedstage.org .

*A handling fee applies.


Unexpected Stage is a 501(c)(3) non-profit professional theater.  Click here to learn more.

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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