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Unexpected Joy

Dec 2 - 18

An emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years, the show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters only meet once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

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Covid 19 Mitigation


GFT reassess this on a weekly basis and changes based on CDC and City of Austin guidance.

Current as of Oct 2022

The City of Austin is currently at a LOW level of risk therefore masking is optional, but encouraged.

Book & Lyrics by

Bill Russell

Music by

Janet Hood


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Brian Cheslik & Lisa Scheps

Music Director

Dr Ellie Jarrett Shattles


Mervin P. O'briant


Cathy   (ASL)       Leila Hanaumi

Cathy (English)   Jessica O'Brien

Jamie (ASL)        Russell Harvard

Jamie (Englih)    John Christopher

Scenic Design

Gary Thornsberry

Lighting Design

Amber Whatley

Costume Design

Desiree Humphries



Graphic Design

Erica Moreno

Production Stage Manager

Kelsey Moringy

Technical Director

Demetri Bellini

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