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

Kick off Unexpected Stage’s 2015 season, with this must-see one-night-only event!

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

To celebrate the start of its sixth season, Unexpected Stage will hold the next installment of its Especially Unexpected series at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.  At this party to celebrate the coming season, Briana Manente will perform her new work Children of an Idle Brain: A One-Woman Romeo and Juliet. Over delicious refreshments included with admission, 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.

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 .

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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