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Oblivion, by Carly Mensch
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building
Bethesda, MD
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Oblivion, by Carly Mensch

FOUR STARS "First-class performances"--DC Theatre Scene

"A spirited, thought-provoking meditation on Modern Life"--Broadway World DC

"Wonderfully unexpected and lovingly staged"--DC Metro Theatre Arts

Uber-hip Brooklynites Pam and Dixon take pride in their secular, philosophical approach to parenting. When their 16-year-old daughter Julie decides to become a Christian, their laid-back, open-minded facade is exposed. Called smart, sassy, and rewarding by The New York Times, Carly Mensch's Oblivion takes a wry look at the nature of belief in these changing times, and reveals that growing up isn't just for kids anymore.

The cast of Oblivion features Zach Brewster-Geisz as Dixon, Jonathan Frye as Bernard, Ruthie Rado as Julie, and Mindy Shaw as Pam.

Oblivion is written by Carly Mensch, best known for writing and producing television shows including GLOW, Orange is the New Black, Nurse Jackie, and Weeds, and for her plays Now Circa Then, All Hail Hurricane Gordo, and Len, Asleep in Vinyl. The production is directed by Unexpected Stage Company co-founder Christopher Goodrich. The creative team also includes Kristen Jepperson (set design), Matthew Mills (sound design), Andrew Dodge (lighting design), and John Barbee (props).

Oblivion marks Unexpected Stage's first full-scale production in the Fireside Room of the River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building. Speaking of this intentional move to the 40-seat venue, Goodrich explains, The intimacy of the space is incredibly exciting for us as artists. Audiences usually tell the truth, which means they are reacting honestly. They are constantly communicating with an actor, even if they arent always heard. In this way a bond is created. When actors are this close to their audience, the actor cannot lie. And that honesty strengthens this bond between theatergoer and performer.

Includes strong language.


Thanks to funding from the Montgomery County Executive Ball Funds and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, we are happy to be offering complimentary student and teacher tickets to every performance of Oblivion. Tickets can be reserved at or 800-838-3006.* Please note Oblivion contains strong language.

*With valid ID. Up to 150 complimentary tickets will be provided to students and teachers during the run of Oblivion.


Mark your calendars for these special Oblivion performances:

Friday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m.: Benefit performance for Kollaboration DC.

Half of all tickets sales for this performance date and time will go to Kollaboration DC, a chapter of Kollaboration run purely of volunteers that aims to discover, empower, and connect Asian-American and Pacific Islander talent from Washington D.C. and its surrounding areas to mainstream media and diversify popular culture."

Saturday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.: Post-show discussion with the artistic team and local spiritual leaders.

Stay after the Saturday, July 29 evening performance for a post-show discussion, when artists from the play are joined by Rabbi Alison Kobey (Congregation Or Chadash) and Reverend Louise Green (River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation). Ask questions, share your thoughts, and listen to their reactions to this thought-provoking script!


River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building (View)
6301 River Road (entrance on Whittier)
Bethesda, MD 20817
United States

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Arts > Theatre

Minimum Age: 13
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Unexpected Stage Company
On BPT Since: Jan 31, 2014
Unexpected Stage Company

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