Belly Up to the Bard

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Acting Through Shakespeare Classes Saturdays at Des Moines DanzArts Begin Saturday, September 19! We are thrilled to be joining forces with Des Moines DanzArt’s Studio this fall, adding some fun new theatre classes to their diverse line-up of… Read More

Shakespeare Celebration Preview

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Special Preview Performance Tonight   at 7:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church We will be performing a short staged-reading of selections from our Shakespeare Celebration piece tonight at the 2015-2016 Westminster Fine Arts Gala. This hour-long event includes coffee, dessert,… Read More

Brian’s Blogging!

Unexpected Company co-founder Brian R Lynner has started a blog for actors! Brian has always been a bit of a “technophobe” – but he is passionate about helping actors sharpen their skills and develop as performers and people…. Read More

New Website!

Welcome to the new (and hopefully improved!) website. There’s a lot to explore, including new projects on the horizon, new classes, and new job opportunities for artists. We’ve also split off the detailed information on our non-profit consulting… Read More

J.B.

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Written in 1958 by the playwright/poet Archibald MacLeish,  J.B. is a contemporary re-telling of the Book of Job, written in free verse.  The Broadway production won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play and Best… Read More

Thursday’s Children

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“Thursday’s Child has far to go…” Thursday’s Children is an original musical created by Brian R. Lynner and Lisa Norris-Lynner. The story is inspired by the 1965 “black armband protest” and events leading to the landmark civil rights… Read More

Hearts of Freedom

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Hearts of Freedom is an original, full-length musical, conceived, written and composed by Unexpected Company partners Brian R. Lynner and Lisa Norris-Lynner.  The musical tells the story of two couples – one in the North, the other in… Read More

Kin

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Winner of the New Voices Iowa Playwrights Competition, Kin is based on the true story of Carrie Buck, a young woman in Virginia in the 1920’s. At age 17, after becoming pregnant out of wedlock, Buck’s foster parents committed… Read More

Shakespeare On Love

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Shakespeare On Love is a salon-style performance of scenes, songs and sonnets from one of the world’s great romantics. Join Shakespeare’s greatest characters as they explore the art of love in all its forms – from the silly… Read More

Voices of the Civil War

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Meet the leaders, the warriors, the patriots, the zealots and the ordinary men and women caught in an extraordinary struggle that divided and nearly destroyed a nation…