Unexpected Stage Company, operating out of the Randolph Road Theatre in Wheaton, MD, will offer a two-production slate for 2016 which will literally encompass life and death.
From July 14 to 31 of this year, the company offers Deb Margolin’s (Imagining Madoff) life-affirming solo play, 8 Stops, in which a woman must raise a motherless child in eight stops on the New York subway. In the play, Margolin also describes her own battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the effect it has had on her child. The New York Times’ Anita Gates called her show “eloquent” and said that it was “filled with lovely, offbeat points of view and surprising turns of phrase.”
As an added bonus, Margolin will come to Unexpected for an interview with co-artistic director Christopher Goodrich and to perform passages from her award-winning work on May 8, 2016. Margolin, in addition to being a playwright, is a performance artist who co-founded the feminist theater troupe Split Britches, and an Associate Professor of Playwriting and Performance at Yale.
On October 6 to 30, Unexpected will be offering Zombie Prom, the musical in which the dead come out of their graves and ask you for a date. Here’s the story’s maguffin: if Jonny, disappointed in love, commits suicide in a big pile of nuclear waste and comes back as a zombie, does the school have to readmit him and can he go to the senior prom? (Judging from my senior prom, I would have to say yes, but you’ll have to go to the show to find out how book writer John Dempsey and music and lyrics guru Dana P. Rowe [Witches of Eastwick] answer the question.)