Go Beneath the Surface
The 2018/2019 Season – 35 years of ground breaking performance

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Lisa Peterson



Denis O’Hare

An Iliad

by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare

Adapted from the Robert Fagles translation of Homer

February 6 – March 3, 2019

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Opening Night Saturday February 9, 2019

Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with Sunday 2:00 pm matinees

In the spirit of celebration of 35 years of cutting edge performance, Undermain establishes its Repertoire Series to honor the gems of its production history, with a reboot of An Iliad, and reviving this landmark production from 2012 starring Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad and directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens. An Iliad is a modern-day retelling of Homer’s classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.

Bruce DuBose triumphs in ‘An Iliad’”

~The Dallas Morning News

An astonishing one man performance.”


The Muses have blessed An Iliad with a perfect pair of artists — DuBose onstage and Katherine Owens, as director.” 

~The Dallas Observer

…a 96-minute blowout for actor Bruce DuBose … It’s also a musical event.  Director Katherine Owens has foregrounded the music. She brings Paul Semrad onstage to accompany DuBose playing mandolin, lyre, guitar and percussion … Still, even with all the music front and center, the Undermain’s Iliad is basically The Most Spellbinding Classical Lit Lecture You Never Attended.”

~Art & Seek
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Matthew Olmos

Matthew Paul Olmos

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three

By Matthew Paul Olmos

Opening Night Saturday – April 13, 2019

In Performance April 12 – May 5, 2019

Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three will be the centerpiece production of the Whither Goest Thou America Festival. This is the final installment in this three-play cycle exploring the U.S./México drug wars. A young Méxican couple get caught up in the web of the drug trade between the two countries, changing their lives forever. But is their ordeal what it seems or a mirage of disinformation created by unseen forces? Somewhere between truth and illusion a mother from México searches for her missing daughter. The third part of Matthew Paul Olmos’s daring and poetic trilogy explores the human struggle of the US/México drug wars and the shadowy forces which create the market and distribution system shaping the world on both sides of the border.

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Whither Goest Thou America:

Readings of new American Plays

 Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?”

-Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

The Reading Series runs on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 pm from April 10, 2019 through May 2, 2019 

Undermain presents a series of readings of new plays examining the current American Landscape. Each week of the series will focus on a different playwright and play with staged readings by an ensemble cast. Audiences will have the opportunity to return each week of the series to experience a new work examining the American experience and asking the question, “Where are we going?”


Play titles will be announced during the season.


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