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Dr. Wonderful and her dog, Newton, want to know why the moon changes shape in the sky every night. But how can they study the moon when it’s so far away? By blasting off into space, of course! On their amazing journey, this detective duo gathers clues to solve their lunar mystery using the powers of science, curiosity, and teamwork. Presented by Keegan’s brand for young people and families, Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA (PRK). LEARN MORE ABOUT PRK
Mornings at 10:00 am: July 6, 8, 15
Afternoons at 1:00 pm: July 9, 16, 23
Evenings at 7:00 pm: July 5, 18, 19
$25 for single tickets
Use promo code WONDERFULFAM to save 50% on 2 or more tickets
60 minutes, with no intermission
Maryland Theatre Guide Review
“The briskly-paced, bright, and cheerful musical captures that divine and fleeting moment in early childhood when the lines between reality and fantasy are blurred, and where a girl, her dog, and the boy from down the street can travel through the solar system without leaving her bedroom.”
DC Theater Arts Review
“To see The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (And Her Dog) is to go on an educational and humorous imaginary journey into space without ever leaving the intimate, cozy, exposed-brick Keegan Theatre in Dupont Circle.”
Broadway World Review
“Science is everything and everywhere in The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!, a bubbly musical for children at The Keegan Theatre that takes audiences on a journey from a pillow-fort spaceship to the sun and back, just in time for snacks.”
Ruth Elizabeth Diaz (Dr. Wonderful) Previous shows include: Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA: The Magical Piñata (Cucha); Faction of Fools: Missed Connections (Sofia Escalante); Adventure Theatre: Luchadora! (Nana Lupita), On the Wings of a Mariposa (Mami); Rapid Lemon Productions: Variations: On Vision (Ensemble), Proxy (Kai); Capital Fringe Festival 2019: The Heist (Ensemble), Dreamer/Seeker (Snout).
Christopher Rios (Newton): Credits include NextStop: Lucky Stiff (EMC/ensemble), Adventure Theatre: Luchadora (Father/Mascara Rosa). Creative Cauldron: Madeline’s Christmas (Harsha, Mr. Brun). Lorton Workhouse Theatre: Carrie: The Musical (Tommy Ross), Avenue Q (Princeton), Rocky Horror (Eddie/Phantom). Imagination Stage: Robin Hood (Friar Tuck u/s), Oyeme the Beautiful (Esteban). The InSeries Opera&more: Cri-Cri the Singing Cricket (Francisco); Arena Stage: Native Gardens (Landscaper/Supervisor). Riverside Center: West Side Story (Pepe). ArtsCentic: Sister Act (Pablo). Podcast series: Unfiltered.
Delante Dates (Ben) Previous shows include: Bowie State University: Little Shop Of Horrors (Seymour), #Metoo (David); DC Theatre Festival: Before Closing Time (Robbie).
Carianmax Benitez (Mom) Previous shows include: Keegan Theatre: Yoga Play (Romola); Catholic University: Urinetown (Penelope Pennywise), Children of Eden (Storyteller); CUA Centerstage: The Addams Family (Pugsley), Peter and the Starcatcher (Sánchez/Hawking Clam), Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal).
Elena Velasco (Director & Choreographer) (she/ella) is a theatre artist whose work encompasses performance, activism, and education. A proud member of SDC, her directing and choreography credits include Convergence Theatre, Synetic Theater, GALA Hispanic Theatre, Adventure Theatre, Keegan Theatre, Imagination Stage, Mead Theatre Lab, Young Playwrights’ Theater, Source Theatre, and the Kennedy Center’s New Visions New Voices Festival. She has choreographed for Avant Bard, Theatre J, Mosaic Theatre Company, and Keegan Theatre. As a performer, she has appeared at the Kennedy Center, Theater Alliance, NextStop Theatre, Discovery Theatre, Imagination Stage, and in several films, commercials, and TV shows. Ms. Velasco is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Convergence Theatre and serves as the Co-Director of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Ms. Velasco is the theatre production coordinator and theatre professor at Bowie State University and has been a featured speaker for Boston Conservatory at Berklee, George Mason University, Montgomery College, and Theatre Washington. UPCOMING: On the Wings of a Mariposa, Adventure Theatre MTC (September 2022) www.elenavelasco.net
Praised as having "successfully helped develop a specific voice amidst a sea of talented vocalists" and "flawlessly tackling the score," Matty Mitchell (Music Director) balances life as an oboist, music director, and private teacher. His teaching experience spans all age and skill levels and utilizes inclusive and progressive approaches to music making. Matty received his bachelors degree in music education from the Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers University) and his masters degree in music performance from New York University. He has studied with contemporary leaders in oboe performance (Matthew Sullivan, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Nathan Hughes) as well as critically acclaimed jazz and classical pianists (James Hillis, Andy Milne, Karina Bruk). Performance highlights include NBC's Today Show, Avery Fischer Hall, Symphony Space, Lincoln Theater, NJPAC, and Kimmel Center. Special thanks to friends, family, and tribe mates for supporting the arts!
Rachel Crawford (Stage Manager) (she/her) is a native to Prince George’s County, MD with a passion for the arts. She has a performance background in competitive dancing, becoming classically trained with the Peabody Preparatory, and performing at many choral festivals and singing events in Sherborne, London England, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Assistant Stage Manager & Stage Manager credits: #MeToo (Bowie State University); Make Way for Duckling (Adventure Theater); Dreamgirls (Bowie State University), and a two year stage manager residency at a local theater in Bowie. Rachel also worked on the 2017 Tremaine the Tour and provided assistance with album release projects for a local DC producer.
Matthew J. Keenan (Master Carpenter) was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland and is a graduate from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Matthew began working with Keegan as an actor and in 2015 became the company’s resident scenic designer. He’s also a company member with the Classical Theatre Company in Houston, TX. As well as being the resident scenic designer, and an actor, Matthew is also the playwright of Keegan’s holiday tradition; An Irish Carol. Previous scenic designs include: N, The Lonesome West, Top Girls, Chicago, American Idiot, Cat on A Hot Tin Roof, Lincolnesque, The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, and Hair.
Venus Gulbranson (Lighting Designer) Previous shows include: Keegan Theatre: N; New Studio on Broadway: Breathe; Creative Cauldron: Girls On Madison Street; Monumental Theatre: Head Over Heels; BSU: Dreamgirls, Dance Concert; Arena Stage: Kathleen Turner Concert, Voices of Now; Dance Place DC: Reform Live. ASST: Ford’s Theatre: Grace, My Lord What A Night; La Jolla Playhouse: To The Yellow House; Signature Theatre: RENT, She Loves Me; Arena Stage: Indecent, Jubilee, Anything Goes; Baltimore Center Stage: The Garden; Barrington Stage Company: Into The Woods.
Zavier Augustus Lee Taylor (Projections Designer) Is a multimedia artist and designer with a focus on interactive and impactful video design for live performance. He has a passion for being hands-on in the creation of new work. Zavier spends his time experimenting with motion graphics, visual art, video editing, and sound design. Zavier also operates a multimedia production company known as ZALT Productions. ZALT Productions is a creative entity that enables people and businesses to fully realize their potential through design. Zavier is eager to connect with other creatives in the DMV. Learn more by searching #ZALTproductions. Instagram: @zaltslaw Website: https://zavier.myportfolio.com/
Cresent Haynes (Sound Designer) In 2012, Cresent received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Arts Technology, with a focus in Sound Design. In 2014, she received her first theatre review for her work as Sound Designer on the production Not About Nightingales directed by Eric Ruffin, describing her sound design as “an omniscient, foreboding force, ambitious in scope…” Since then, her credits include: BLKS, A Strange Loop (Woolly Mammoth Theater), Show Way, HER-story (Kennedy Center), Fabulation (Mosaic Theater Company), The Laramie Project (Duke Ellington School of the Arts), N (Keegan Theatre), Use All Available Doors (Pinky Swear Productions), Hope in the Hood (Amazing Grace Conservatory) and more. Cresent Haynes is also a freelance Live Audio Engineer and Visual Artist. She has aspirations to one-day design on Broadway and continue touring with various performing artists as their Live Audio Engineer, all while continuing to fill spaces with her original art exhibits and paintings. Training: Howard University. linktr.ee/cresentrochelle
Previous live mixing credits include: Levine Music Theatre: Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, Annie, Spelling Bee; Constellation Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors, 39 Steps; Woodrow Wilson High School: Les Miserables; University of Maryland: Little Shop of Horrors. Sound consulting experience: various local middle and high schools.
Cindy Landrum Jacobs (Properties/Set Dressing Designer) loves working at Keegan! Other Keegan Credits: Yoga Play, Trans AM, N, Good People, Airness, Legally Blonde, God Of Carnage, Ripcord, The Baltimore Waltz, As You Like It, The Undeniable Sound Of Right Now, Chicago, An Irish Carol, and Outside Mullingar. Other Properties Designer credits: Columbinus, A Civil War Christmas, Swimming With Whales, The Farnsworth Invention, Trevor, The Lobby Hero, Harvey, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Cripple Of Inishmaan, The Pitmen Painters, and Never The Sinner (1st Stage); The Explorers Club (Prologue); Letters To Juliet (Urban Arias).
LAUREN GUNDERSON has been one of the most produced playwrights in America since 2015 topping the list twice, including 2019/20. She is a two-time winner of the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award for I and You and The Book of Will, the winner of the Lanford Wilson Award and the Otis Guernsey New Voices Award, a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and John Gassner Award for Playwriting, and a recipient of the Mellon Foundation’s Residency with Marin Theatre Company. She studied Southern Literature and Drama at Emory University, and Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School where she was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship. She co-authored the Miss Bennet plays with Margot Melcon, and her play The Half-Life of Marie Curie is available on Audible.com. Her work is published at Playscripts (I and You; Exit Pursued By A Bear; The Taming and Toil And Trouble), Dramatists Play Service (The Revolutionists; The Book of Will; Silent Sky; Bauer, Natural Shocks, The Wickhams and Miss Bennet) and Samuel French (Emilie). Her picture book Dr Wonderful: Blast Off to the Moon is available from Two Lions/Amazon. She is currently developing musicals with Ari Afsar, Dave Stewart, and Joss Stone. LaurenGunderson.com
BREE LOWDERMILK (they/them or she/her) is a non-binary trans woman and an advocate for queer voices and stories. Their musicals include The Bad Years, Henry & Mudge, The Mad Ones (fka The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown), Republic, Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends and the albums Our First Mistake and Kerrigan-Lowdermilk: Live. Bree received the Alan Menken Award and the Richard Rodgers Award for Red written with librettist Marcus Stevens. She is an alumna of the BMI Musical Theatre Writing Workshop, co-founder of the start-up NewMusicalTheatre.com, and a member of the Dramatist Guild and ASCAP.