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Origin Story

Origin Story

By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Joanie Schultz

Not Currently Playing
Rosenthal Shelterhouse

About the World Premiere

In this funny and heartfelt world premiere comedy, Margaret finds herself in a quarter-life crisis while working two jobs to pay down her debt. She wades through banal office triviality at The Services Corporation by day and trudges through the slow-moving graveyard shift at The Burg’s drive-thru by night. Margaret yearns to belong somewhere, and so do the coworkers and customers she interacts with every day. With delightfully unexpected turns and an ensemble of endearing characters, Origin Story is a touching tale about life’s biggest questions and the surprising ways we find the answers.

Content Advisory

Origin Story is suitable for adults and older teenage audiences. As Margaret and her coworkers find their way through life, they use strong adult language, discuss mature themes, and engage in and discuss adult relationships.


Running Time

The show runs approximately 90 minutes, with no intermission.

View the Program

You can view the Program now online. 

Digital Program


Life: What Is It?

Origin Story director Joanie Schultz describes her history with the script and bringing Nathan Alan Davis’ world premiere to the Rosenthal Shelterhouse Theatre stage.

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Paper Jams and Self-Discovery

Margaret, the main character in Nathan Alan Davis’ Origin Story, works at the Services Corporation by day, where she provides services. She’s an ethnically ambiguous woman stuck between two artificial, corporate worlds, struggling to find her place. What perfect fodder for a comedy!

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Amira Danan (she/her)


Betsy Hogg (she/her)


Shonita Joshi (she/her)


Dwandra Nickole Lampkin (she/her)


Michael Lepore (he/him)


Josh Odor (he/him)


Bill Timoney (he/him)


Nathan Alan Davis


Joanie Schultz (she/her)


Chelsea M. Warren (she/her)

Set Designer

Izumi Inaba (she/her)

Costume Designer

Heather Gilbert (she/her)

Lighting Designer

T. Carlis Roberts (he/him)

Sound Designer & Composer

Stephanie Klapper, CSA (she/her)

Casting Director

Andrea L. Shell (she/her)

Stage Manager




Photo of Amira Danan by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.

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