July 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm EDT | by Staff reports
‘Candy and Dorothy’ has D.C.-area premiere

Robert Sheire, right, as the iconic Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling and Jean Hudson Miller as Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day in Unexpected Stage Company's Washington-area premiere of David Johnston's award-winning play ‘Candy and Dorothy.’ (Photo by Chris Goodrich; courtesy Unexpected Stage Company)

Unexpected State Company presents the Washington, D.C.-area premiere of “Candy and Dorothy” at VisArts (155 Gibbs St.) in Rockville on July 15.

Directed by Chris Goodrich, the show looks at what would happen is Candy Darling, the transsexual Andy Warhol superstar, and Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Moment, were to meet in the afterlife.

The show will star Jean Hudson Miller as Dorothy and Robert Sheire as Candy with Dawn Thomas playing the down-on-her-luck, drug-selling librarian the two must work together to save.

Tickets range from $8 to $20 and the show will run through July 31.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit unexpectedstage.org.


  • “Robert Sheire, right, as the iconic Andy Warhol superstar Candy Darling”

    While I love the idea of this play, I think Candy’s role should be played by a woman (cis or trans). I’m assuming Sheire identifies as a cis man. From everything I’ve researched about Darling, she publicly identified as a woman from her late teens, long before she broke into show business.

    Producers should get in the habit of casting trans characters properly. If you’re doing a regular biographical role (instead of something like Cate Blanchett playing Bob Dylan in I’m Not Here), then the actor should be the same gender as the nonfiction character. Having male actors play trans women sends the message that trans women aren’t real women. There are many trans actresses out there that would love to land a role like this.

    Besides, Sheire’s kitschy getup looks more like mockery rather than comic tribute, especially in light of how super-femme the real-life Candy was. Her high-glam fabulousess should be honored!

  • First off, I can’t believe this photo was deemed press worthy!

    Then I just gotta say, the costume and make-up have improved dramatically since the photo was taken, roughly two weeks before our first preview.

    Come see the show, I’d love to see if your notions change at all.

    I would like to believe that the writing and the playing of it by everyone in the cast does honor the iconic glamour of Warhol’s most convincing and beloved superstars.

    Our audiences to date sure have seemed to believe so.

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