Fade by Tanya Saracho

  • Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2022
  • River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building

    6301 River Road
    Bethesda, Maryland 20817
Ticket Price $0.00-$35.00 This event is now over

Helen Hayes Awards Recommended


A few years after the publication of her hit debut novel, Lucia lands her first TV writing job at a cutthroat network studio,  where she struggles to find her place on the white male-dominated set. She and the only other Latinx employee there, a janitor named Abel, become close quickly even as they wrangle over differing points of view. But as Abel shares his stories with Lucia, similar plots begin to find their way into the TV scripts that Lucia writes. Infused with humor and a sharp insight, Fade explores class and race within the Mexican and Mexican-American communities, and asks whether status can change who you are at your core.


Written by Tanya Saracho, directed by Dylan Arredondo, featuring Michael Burgos and Camila Calderon.


Audience members will be required to wear masks in the theater regardless of vaccination status. 


Please note: Fade contains strong language/themes. If you should have any questions, please call or email -- we're happy to answer them.



Thursday, November 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 6 at 2 p.m. -- Performances are followed by a post-show discussion with members of the creative team.

Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. -- Performance will be ASL-interpreted.


Praise for Fade. . .

"Engaging and thought-provoking" -- MD Theatre Guide


"Sharp, witty, sensitive, and yes — unexpected — Fade offers insights into race and class within the Mexican-American community."

- K Street Magazine


"Lively, sharp, witty, and challenging, Unexpected Stage Company’s Fade makes you question if we have to leave pieces of ourselves and our culture behind as we climb to “the top” and if, in the end, that climb is worth the cost."

- DC Theater Arts


Fade is supported in part by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities  Council of Montgomery County.

This organization is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org).

Unexpected Stage thanks The Center for Organizational Excellence for its support.  

Fade is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc.

Date & Time

Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2022

Venue Details

River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building

6301 River Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20817 River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building
Unexpected Stage Company

Founded in 2010, Unexpected Stage Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theater, based in Montgomery County, Maryland. 

Unexpected Stage Company's mission is to explore the intricacies and intimacies of the complete human experience. To that end, we seek to unite people, place, and storytelling in order to explore interconnection.

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