Sophisticated New Ones by Keith Powell

  • Jun 15 - Jul 3, 2022
  • River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation Building

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

(Photo: DeJeanette Horne and Lisa Hill-Corley; Tatiana Dove Photography)

Long since given up on love, Avery has made herself content running an antique repair shop with her adult son in Philadelphia. But when a charming new man enters the shop and her life, Avery's past, present, and future collide, forcing her to make a decision that will have lasting implications on her family. Set in 2007 during Obama's political rise, the play asks the question: What do we lose in the face of progress?


Sophisticated New Ones explores the intersection of identity, belonging, and antique furniture, as a family grapples with their present and future, living within a country they no longer recognize.

Playwright Keith Powell is an American television actor, writer, director, and web series creator, known for his role as James “Toofer” Spurlock on 30 Rock, and for creating and starring in the web series Keith Broke His Leg, for which he won several Indie Series Awards in 2016.


Directed by Dawn Thomas Reidy


Lloyd Ekpe, Lisa Hill-Corley, DeJeanette Horne

Designed by Ian Claar, Sharlene Clinton, Matthew Datcher and Kristen Jepperson

Stage managed by Margo Weill and Christopher Goodrich


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*Pay What You Wish Preview Performance, Wednesday, June 15 at 7:30 p.m. Please reserve your tickets in advance to confirm availability.

*Opening Night performance on Saturday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

*ASL-interpreted performances: Sunday, June 26 at 2 p.m. and Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.

*Post-show discussions with members of the artistic/production team: Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. and Friday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m.

*Benefit Performance: Thursday, June 30 at 7:30 p.m. – 25% of ticket sales goes to the Innovations Scholarship Fund Association and 25% of tickets sales goes to the H.D. Woodson Alumni Association

Date & Time

Jun 15 - Jul 3, 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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