Especially Unexpected: Children of an Idle Brain
Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 pm

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

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!

Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age, by William Shakespeare 

At the Randolph Road Theater, July 16-August 9, 2015

The re-imagined love story set in an adult living community, reverses the roles of parents and children. This fresh new take on the classic tragedy aims to explore what happens when Romeo and Juliet fall passionately in love in their seventies.

Trish Tinkler Gets Saved

by Jacqueline Goldfinger

Part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival

At the Randolph Road Theater, October 8-18, 2015

Trish had a bad day. Scratch that. A bad week. Well, a bad month, maybe? A bad year, definitely. And last night she was kicked off a rock ‘n’ roll tour bus. And an hour ago she was kicked out of AA after admitting that she was only there to meet a wing-woman. And this very minute she is at the Eat ‘n’ Save Mini-Mart standing in aisle 7 with two bucks in her pocket. Then Jesus appears to her. Or maybe its just the second coming of Whitesnake. Whatever. A loving presence promises to give her the secret to getting everything that she wants in life…after it takes a call from Mom. So on her 40th birthday, Trish Tinkler camps out in aisle 7 of the Eat ‘n’ Save. And waits. And waits. And waits. Trish Tinkler Gets Saved is a new comedy about finding home in the most unexpected places.

The Women’s Voices Theater Festival, which boasts participation from more than 50 theaters throughout the Nation’s Capital region, is dedicated to featuring new work by female playwrights and highlighting the scope of plays being written by women. More information on the two-month festival will be announced at a later date.

*PLEASE NOTE that Trish Tinkler Gets Saved contains explicit language and mature themes. It is best enjoyed by audiences age 16 and up.*