Candy and Dorothy: DC Area Premiere of Comic Fantasy
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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In this comic fantasy set on New York’s lower East Side, transexual superstar Candy Darling and founder of the Catholic Worker movement Dorothy Day meet in the afterlife and must work together to save a down-on-her-luck, drug-selling librarian. Before they can chance to save a living person however, they must first save themselves. A DC area premiere, Candy and Dorothy, has received much recognition in its previous productions, including a nomination for the 2006 GLAAD Media Award, a Time Out New York Brilliant Young Dramatist to Watch Award for Mr. Johnston, and a Top Theatre Pick by the Boston Globe.
“Rachel and I saw the show in New York and just fell in love with its humanity, tenderness and comedy. At the core, it’s about finding a place in this world where you feel accepted and loved,” explains Christopher Goodrich, a veteran of the New York City theater scene who has directed 20 Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions.
Staged in an intimate, 150-seat space at VisArts, a thriving arts center in downtown Rockville, Md., Candy and Dorothy’s Washington, DC-area debut stars Jean Hudson Miller as Dorothy and Robert Sheire as Candy.
Miller is a 30-year veteran of the local theater, TV and film community who has been seen in HBO’s The Wire, Warner Brothers’ The Invasion (with Nicole Kidman) and on stage with Washington Shakespeare Company, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Adventure Theatre and other local troupes. Sheire has performed with Washington Shakespeare Company, Maryland Shakespeare Festival, Lean & Hungry Theater, Hartford Stage and Scena Theatre. Dawn Thomas, who starred in Unexpected Stage Company’s A Phoenix Too Frequent last summer, plays the librarian, Tamara. Rounding out the cast are Jennifer Ayn Knight and Eric Humphries.