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UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY CONTINUES 5TH SEASON WITH WASHINGTON, DC AREA PREMIERE OF DANNY BOY
Show runs at Randolph Road Theater from October 16-26
October 19 matinee benefits Little People of America Adoption
In-demand “little actor” Scott J. Strasbaugh (seen in Zoolander) stars as Danny
October 1, 2014 – On the heels of its critically acclaimed summer production of Dani Girl, Unexpected Stage Company—the fast-growing, Washington, D.C.-area professional theater company—will continue its milestone 5th season with the Washington, DC-area premiere of Danny Boy. This irreverent romantic comedy by Marc Goldsmith won the Audience Favorite Award at the New York International Fringe Festival, enjoyed a sold-out run, and was named by The New York Times as one of the “Shows That Are Making Noise Amid the Crowd.”
Danny Boy will be presented from October 16 to 26 at Randolph Road Theater, 4010 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD (the former Round House space). Tickets range from $10 to $25; reserve by phone at 1-800-838-3006, online at www.unexpectedstage.org or at the door subject to availability.
On October 19 at 2 pm, Unexpected Stage will hold a special benefit performance of Danny Boy, with half of all ticket sales for that matinee performance being donated to Little People of America Adoption. Audience members are also invited to stay for a talkback with LPA National Adoption Coordinator Colleen Gioffreda, the director, actors, and other members of the artistic team. The purpose of LPA’s Adoption Committee is to find a loving home for each child with dwarfism. In the last ten years, LPA Adoption has helped place over 200 children, and has provided financial support to help those families with their adoption expenses. Additional information can be found at www.lpaonline.org/adoption-
Danny Bloch is a typical, career-oriented New Yorker looking for love. But his search is complicated by his stature as a little person—as well as his meddling mother and troublemaking friend Gabe. In this playful and poignant comedy, playwright Marc Goldsmith takes us inside the vantage point of a little person who must navigate through romance, a career, family and friends, all while confronting his own insecurities about measuring up.
Described as “smart, funny and touching” by BroadwayWorld.com, Danny Boy will be directed by Christopher Goodrich, Unexpected Stage Company’s co-artistic director—who previously directed the award-winning New York International Fringe Festival production in 2006. Said Goodrich, “I am thrilled to direct Marc’s play a second time. This passage of time has allowed us to think of the play for years! Marc has written truth enveloped in humor, and the issues the play presents are never out of fashion. We are allowed to question how people confront difference, and whether our confrontations are acceptable or limiting to our own self-actualization.”
Added playwright Marc Goldsmith, “I’m thrilled to have Chris at the helm of Danny Boy once again and so proud that Unexpected Stage Company chose to produce it. Chris brought empathy, humor and a deep understanding of stagecraft to the play the last time he directed it, and I know those qualities have only deepened in him in the years since.”
Starring as Danny is Scott J. Strasbaugh, in-demand “little actor” (www.littleactor.com) based in Sterling, Virginia. He has been seen on film in Zoolander, on stage in Signature Theatre’s The Witches of Eastwick directed by Eric Schaeffer, and on tour in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with The Rockettes among many other notable performances. An active member of the Little People of America (LPA) organization, he connected with Unexpected Stage Company through his good friend and LPA President Gary Arnold.
“When Chris Goodrich reached out to Gary and told him the synopsis of the play, Gary said, ‘I have one guy you have to meet.’ It’s been kismet ever since. There are a lot of truisms in this play that I’m excited to bring out,” Strasbaugh said, noting how convenient it is that the play is also geographically so close to home. “The fact that I get to come home after the show and hang out with my kids– it’s a bonus!” he added.
The cast features other talented Washington, D.C.-area actors including Justus Hammond of Gaithersburg, Md., as Gabe, Danny’s slacker friend known to give questionable relationship advice; Briana Manente of Washington, D.C., as Dori, Danny’s gal pal with questionable taste in boyfriends; and Lois Sanders DeVincent of Columbia, Md., as Sheila, Danny’s mother who can’t manage to let go of her grown son (or his apartment keys). Unexpected Stage favorite Dawn Thomas—seen in the company’s past productions of A Phoenix Too Frequent, Candy and Dorothy, and The Lady in the Van—stars as Danny’s co-worker and dream girl Allison, and Zach Brewster-Geisz—who earned raves as Marty in Dani Girl—plays Danny’s romantic rival Trent. Rounding out the creative team are set designer Kristen Jepperson, lighting designer Peter “Zeke” Dowty, stage manager Sarah Richards, and propsmaster John Barbee.
About MARC GOLDSMITH, Playwright
Marc’s full-length plays include the comedies, Danny Boy, which won the Audience Favorite Award at the New York International Fringe Festival, and Comparing Books, which premiered at the Jewish Theater of South in Atlanta. His one-act plays include The Hero of Kabul and Miami Twilight, presented at The 92nd Street Y/Makor in New York City, where he was an artist-in-residence. With co-author Laurence Holzman, Marc wrote two original screenplays: Fella and The Queen is in the Parlour (Champion Screenwriting Competition finalist). Marc wrote the book and lyrics to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (music by A. Michael Tilford), which will be produced by WorkShop Theater Company in New York City in December 2014.
About CHRISTOPHER GOODRICH, Director
Christopher Goodrich, Unexpected Stage Company’s co-artistic director, has directed all of the company’s past productions including this summer’s critically acclaimed Dani Girl (“Easily the best play I’ve seen all year” according to BroadwayWorld.com). He previously directed 2013’s production of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van (Helen Hayes recommended); 2012’s double-bill of Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter paired with Susan Glaspell’s Trifles; 2011’s buzzed-about Candy and Dorothy (Helen Hayes recommended); and 2010’s A Phoenix Too Frequent, performed in Seneca Creek State Park. Prior to co-founding Unexpected Stage Company with wife Rachel Stroud-Goodrich, he directed 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). He is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a coveted Stella Adler drama award. Christopher is also a published poet and recipient of the prestigious Emerging Writer Fellowship from The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, and holds an MFA in poetry.
ABOUT UNEXPECTED STAGE COMPANY
Celebrating its fifth season in 2014, Unexpected Stage Company is a professional regional theater company founded by the husband-and-wife team of 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. Visit www.unexpectedstage.org and www.facebook.com/unexpectedstage.
“After an unexpected start, a theater troupe finds its home” – The Washington Post
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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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
2014 Press for Unexpected Stage:
The New York Times (Women’s Voice Theatre Festival)
DC Metro Theater Arts (Especially Unexpected: IMPROV FEST)
2013 Press for Unexpected Stage:
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