Folk duo Alice and Isaac performed at Round House Theatre to celebrate the release of their debut album, “What I Was Thinking.” PHOTO BY MATT HOOKE BETHESDA — Performing at Round House Theatre, the same theater where they first met during a production of “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,” folk duo Alice and Isaac celebrated the release of their debut album, “What I Was Thinking,” a series of upbeat love songs.
The guitar-mandolin duo, whose real names are Katie Kleigel and Brandon McCoy, met two years ago but did not play music together until this past December. The delay resulted from Kleigel’s moving to New York City after the “Miss Bennet” production. Kleigel and McCoy reconnected after she moved back to the area, and the duo started playing together between showings of the play “The Book of Will” at Round House Theatre. The name “Alice and Isaac” comes from the names of the characters they performed in the play.
“We were playing just for ourselves (in the Green Room), and every now and then someone would sit down and listen,” said Kleigel. “But I mainly felt we were in the way, taking up this shared space.”
McCoy and Kleigel are actors by trade, and their musical-theater background showed through with polished two-part-harmony vocals. The concert is part of Round House’s move to become a more-diverse arts space, according to McCoy.