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Recent Cutbacks LogoThe Alden’s Final Fall Drive-Thru Drama is Halloween-Themed “Objects in Mirror May Be SPOOKIER Than They Appear”
World Premiere of New Show Written by New York City-Based Recent Cutbacks

The Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center (MCC) is presenting its third and final fall performance of its popular, socially distanced theater program, Drive-Thru Drama in October. New York City-based company Recent Cutbacks was commissioned by The Alden to write the new show, “Objects in Mirror May Be SPOOKIER Than They Appear.” The show will be presented over three weekends, from 6 p.m.-8:15 p.m., Friday-Sunday, Oct. 16-18, Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Tickets are $20 per car/$15 MCC tax district residents. The performances will be held in the parking lot of MCC at 1234 Ingleside Ave.

Every 100 years, the planets align in such a way that allows Spooky Scientists access to an alternate dimension. A century ago, physicist Dr. Doris B. Gool entered and has not been heard from again. Brave the portal this October and help a modern-day Spooky Scientist as you encounter werewolves, witches, zombies and more in the search for what really happened to Doris. A once-in-a-lifetime drive-thru adventure created by Recent Cutbacks (“Hold on To Your Butts,” “KEVIN!!!!!”) writers Nick Abeel, Darian Dauchan, Kristin Parker and Natalie Rich. The story was developed by Kristin McCarthy Parker and Kyle Schaefer.


Danielle Van Hook, producer of Drive-Thru Drama at The Alden, said “It’s been just a few months since we first had the idea of Drive-Thru Drama, and now we are on the verge of opening our third production! In this process, we made it our goal to push the boundaries of this format and chose the NYC-based group Recent Cutbacks to write this show because we have been blown away by the way they use foley and props in their staged work. We knew they would be the right partner to imagine what a Halloween-inspired story in this unusual format could look like.”

Drive-Thru Drama is a social-distance theater format that brings people together for live theater from the comfort of their own cars. Actors will perform one, cohesive story through short scenes across the MCC parking lot. Audience members will simply roll down their windows and drive the route from actor to actor. Earlier this year, The Alden also produced “Small Change” and “From the Ash Baxter Files: The Search for the Stolen Spyglass,” both written by Andrew Scott Zimmer for the Drive-Thru Drama format.

The Alden is placing several safety precautions into place to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions’ COVID-19 guidelines, such as requiring the actors to wear personal protective equipment and setting up the route so that actors are positioned six feet away from the cars and passengers.

For tickets or more information visit: www.aldentheatre.org or call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711. For ADA accommodations, contact Patron Services Manager Evelyn Hill at evelyn.hill@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 571-296-8385.

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About The Alden
Built in 1975, the 383-seat Robert Ames Alden Theatre, “The Alden,” is a cultural resource for the citizens of McLean and the Washington Metropolitan area that presents a full professional season of interdisciplinary and high-quality performances, lectures and educational programs for audiences of all ages. The Alden is ADA-compliant and will make arrangements for accommodations. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-790-0123, TTY: 711, or visit: www.aldentheatre.org.