2009 - 2010 season
Undermain Theatre’s 26th Season
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On the heels of celebrating its 25th anniversary, the
Undermain Theatre begins its next quarter-century as Dallas’ leading
developer of new, alternative and cutting edge work.
Undermain’s 26th season will see the
return of a major new work by an American master with a
newly published edition of the script, a sensational world
premiere by a continuing Undermain collaborator and hero
of the American Avant-garde, the presentation of a new
work by a world-class performance artist, and a major spring
production directed by one of the driving forces of the American
stage. This season the company will also present a Play
Reading Series exploring both new and classic plays currently
in development. All the while, the theater will be celebrating
the arrival of Dart Light Rail’s Green Line with the theme
Take the Train to Undermain. Beginning in September
of 2009 the Green Line will bring two train stops
within two blocks of Undermain’s door, providing audiences with
unparalleled access to the theater and to the many pleasures of
historic Deep Ellum.
26th season begins with the return of
The Black Monk, September 9th - October 3rd, 2009
Undermain Theatre is pleased to announce the return of The
Black Monk by David
Rabe. This wildly popular production, which played to sold out
crowds in the spring, will kick off the Undermain’s 26th season.
The production is planned to coincide with the Simon and Schuster
publication of the revised edition of the play prepared by David
Rabe for Undermain Theatre’s April performance. The Black
Monk, based on the novella by Anton Chekhov will be performed
September 9th through October 3rd, 2009.
Directed by Katherine Owens. Scenic design by John Arnone,
lighting design by Steve Woods, costume design by Bryan
Wofford, and the sound design is by Bruce DuBose.
David Rabe brings Anton Chekhov’s spiritual
mystery to vivid life. Tony and Obie Award winning writer David
Rabe is the author of such classic American contemporary plays as
Sticks and Bones, Hurlyburly, Streamers, In
the Boom Boom Room and more. He' s also written screenplays
for films such as I' m Dancing as fast as I can, The Firm
and Casualties of War.
Based on the novella by Anton Chekhov, The Black Monk tells
the story of a brilliant but haunted young scholar, Andrei Vasilich
Kovrin. Exhausted to the point of madness by his studies, Kovrin
returns to the garden estate of his childhood benefactor Yegor Pesotsky
and his daughter Tanya. Kovrin tells Tanya the legend of the black
monk whose image has been reflected in mirages for a thousand years
and who will soon return in the flesh. One day in the garden, the
black monk appears to the young man and holds the key either to
enlightenment or to total devastation.
The cast for The Black Monk is: Bruce DuBose, Jonathan
Brooks, Shannon Kearns-Simmons, Newton Pittman,
Kent Williams, Stefanie Tovar, Richard Rollin,
Ian Sinclair. Musicians will be Ariana Cook and Reynaldo
“Mr. Rabe has heightened theatrical
possibilities by extending descriptive passages into dramatic
scenes that catch fire…The Black Monk is a heady event...
Don't miss it."
~ Alvin Klein, The New York Times
"...staggeringly beautiful performances…The
most sensitive and assured production in the company's 25-year
~ Lawson Taitte, Dallas Morning News
“dark and rich and splendid
looking… the overall twilight feel of this production is
one of its great, appealing accomplishments.”
~ Jerome Weeks, KERA Art & Seek
"The art of the imagination triumphs..."
~Alexandra Bonifield, OpEdNews
"This is a show you won't want to miss"
~ Martha Heimberg, Turtle Creek News
Photo: Katherine Owens
The Black Monk with Jonathan Brooks, Bruce
DuBose, and Shannon Kearns-Simmons
Photo: Brian Barnaud
David Rabe (far right) in attendance 5/2/09 talking
with Jonathan Brooks and Katherine Owens and Ashley Randall.
The World Premiere of
Port Twilight or A History of Science (A
Chronicle of Folly, Wisdom and Madness)
A futuristic sci-fi thriller
Written by Len Jenkin
Directed by Katherine Owens
November 14th – December 12th, 2009
This fall the work of Obie Award winning playwright Len Jenkin
is back on the Undermain stage with the world-premiere
of Port Twilight, a futuristic sci-fi thriller.
1990 marked Undermain’s first Jenkin production with Poor
Folks Pleasure. In 2006, working with Len in rehearsals,
Undermain presented Mr. Jenkin’s Margo Veil: an entertainment,
also directed by Katherine Owens, which was chosen by The Dallas
Morning News as the number one pick of the seasons’ top ten productions.
Now, the company has the opportunity to present the world premiere
of this master playwright’s latest play, Port Twilight
or The History of Science. Mr. Jenkins will be
on hand to work with director Katherine Owens and the cast in rehearsal.
In the mysterious town of Port Twilight a macabre story
unfolds with serio-comic dimensions helped along with a little song,
dance and video imagery. An ensemble cast contemplates the post
9/11 American landscape while portraying a multitude of revolving
characters including a B Movie production company, a team of strange
dancing scientists, a wild, homeless Rabbi and an out of control
Golem. The play’s mercurial structure mimics the actions of the
human genome in this fascinating and ferocious history of high science.
"The play thrusts scientists and their work into the strange
yet familiar environs of Port Twilight, an all purpose fantasy city
incorporating images from our future and our past. In this landscape
of dark magic and decay, other powers, as well as science, are capable
of profoundly altering our lives”~ Len Jenkin
on Port Twilight
Len Jenkin is a novelist, playwright, director, and screenwriter.
His novels include N Judah, New Jerusalem,
and The Secret Life of Billy’s Uncle Myron (with
Plays include Dark Ride, Pilgrims of the Night,
Careless Love, My Uncle Sam, Limbo Tales, The
Dream Express and Like I Say.
His works for the stage have been produced throughout the United States, as well
as in England, Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan.
His films include Blame it on the Night,
Welcome to Oblivion, and American Notes.
He has received many honors and awards, including three Obie Awards
for directing and playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller
Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, and four National
Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. Mr. Jenkin holds a PhD in American
Literature from Columbia University. He’s a professor in the Dramatic
Writing Department, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
“In his plays, Len Jenkin often takes us
on dark midnight rides to mythic environments...he leads us through
a stretch of the American landscape tantalizing our senses and
creating a haunting world.”~
Mel Gussow, The New York Times
“…Unpredictable, structurally bizarre and
strangely comic… Like magic realism, Jenkin's language is beautiful.”~
Jenny Sandman, Curtain Up
“Len Jenkin has an unusual talent for reaching
into shadowy places in the human psyche and coming up with evocative
images.”~ Journal American (Seattle)
“He manipulates theatrical illusions with
a playful manner that recalls Jorge Luis Borges, to disguise meditations
on mortality.”~ Village Voice (New York)
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac
Written and performed by Taylor
February of 2010
Dates To Be Determined
The Undermain is thrilled to present the work of Taylor Mac,
a Texas native and world- renowned performer. Mr. Mac describes
himself as “a theater artist working in the genre of pastiche,”
and as a "cloon – a female clown.” By any account he is an
incredible monologuist, playwright and performer who takes the art
of drag performance to sublime heights. He has been
named one of New York’s and the country’s best theater artists by
American Theater Magazine, the Village Voice, Time Out NY, and The
New York Press.
He is the recipient of a numerous grants including the Rockefeller
Map Grant, The Creative Capital Grant, The James Hammerstein Award
for playwriting, an Edward Albee Foundation Residency, The Ensemble
Studio Theatre's New Voices Fellowship in playwriting, A Mabou Mines
Suite (with collaborator Elizabeth Swados) and is currently a HERE Arts Center Resident Artist and a member of New Dramatists. He has performed his plays, The Young Ladies of…,
Red Tide Blooming, (Performance Space 122) and The
Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, in New York at P.S. 122 and HERE
Arts Center, The Public Theatre and internationally. Taylor’s upcoming
projects include the creation of a two-man show with Mandy Patinkin
and himself, the epic-extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge,
and a hand full of other insanely wonderful collaborations.
The Undermain is pleased to bring Taylor Mac to Dallas in The
Be(a)st of Taylor Mac
Clad in exotic dress and sequined makeup Taylor Mac brings a
showcase of his recent works to the stage with a multitude of costumes
and props from a giant suitcase and accompanying himself on ukulele.
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac has played over 40 theatres
world wide including: the Sydney Opera House, The Public Theatre
(Under the Radar Festival), London’s Soho theatre, Stockholm’s Sodra
Teatern, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival
and The Spoleto Festival. A flamboyant chameleon of
words, music, and sociopolitical tirades, Taylor Mac is a visual
and vocal phenomenon. Mac employs gender-bending surrealism to explore
the human condition and challenge the contemporary culture of fear.
“You marvel at how assured and in
control this brash, genial performer is.” ~
The New York Times
"An unflinching witness to a host of
societies ills...linked together by a gentle impassioned humanity
and a wry humor that can have you helpless with laughter, then
overcome by an urge to weep." ~ The
5 stars -- “ Quite the most distinctive
and brilliant performer I've witnessed in ages."
~ The Scotsman
“Mac is one of this country’s most
exciting, heroic and disarmingly funny playwrights.”
~ American Theater Magazine
“Taylor Mac seduces you, breaks your
heart, patches it back up again and sews sequins along the scars.”
~ The Irish Times
“Mac is a spectacularly accomplished
performer…a grand showcase for this brave and constantly morphing/evolving
pastiche artist” ~ NewYorkTheater.com
A Major Spring Production
To Be Announced
April 10th through May 8th
Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
A director of international renown and a distinguished major
player on the American theater scene for decades, Stan Wojewodski,
Jr. is also familiar to Dallas audiences for his passionately intelligent
productions of sweeping scope at the Dallas Theater Center. He directed
critically acclaimed productions as diverse as Russian dramatist
Alexander Ostrovsky’s A Family Affair, The Real
Thing by Tom Stoppard, The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde and a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride
and Prejudice by Catherine Sheehy. Currently a Meadows Distinguished
Artist-in-Residence at SMU, Stan Wojewodski, Jr. was Artistic Director
of Yale Repertory Theatre and Dean of the Yale School of Drama for
11 years. He nourished the careers of playwrights Suzan-Lori Parks
(winner of 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and Eric Overmeyer; sent
Triumph of Love by Jeffrey Stock and Susan Birkenhead to
Broadway; and presented innovative dance-theater by choreographer
Ralph Lemon that went on a successful national tour after premiering
at Yale. Wojewodski’s productions at Yale include the premieres
of Pentecost, Big Night, and Figaro Figaro.
Before his years at Yale, Wojewodski was the Artistic Director
at Baltimore Center Stage for 14 years directing over 40 productions
including the American premieres of plays by Edward Bond, Odon von
Horvath, Vaclav Havel and Antonio Buero-Vallejo. Stan has also staged
productions at, among others, the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Guthrie
Theater, La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Old Globe,
Mixed Blood, and Williamstown Theatre Festival, where he was an
associate director. He has served on the board of directors for
Theatre Communications Group, and he has been a frequent panelist
for the National Endowment for the Arts.
“It is the human pull at the center
of the Yale Rep. production of Candida that the director Stan
Wojewodski Jr. elicits so compellingly.” ~The New
“Best play of the season- Pentecost
by David Edgar, directed by Stan Wojewodski Jr. Not to be forgotten:
the immense vista summoned by the director.” ~The
New York Times
“Stan Wojewodsk Jr. fancies the hold
of old masters on new wave playwrights.” - Alvin
Klein, The New York Times
“Stan Wojewodski Jr. has directed
a perfectly classical Importance of Being Earnest.”
- Lawson Taitte, The Dallas Morning News on the Dallas Theater
“…director Stan Wojewodski Jr
elicits virtuoso performances from all of his actors.”
- Rohan Preston, Minneapolis Star Tribune on The Clean House at
Mixed Blood Theatre.
“It's a lot of fun to see what crack
actors and an on-top-of-his game director like Stan Wojewodski
can do given this kind of classic material. Guest director Wojewodski,
brings out every bit of venom in this poisonous piece. He has
his actors going through their paces with polished precision and
exuberant innovation...watch carefully or risk missing a rapid-fire
set of comedic nuances.”- P. B. Miller, The Dallas
Observer on A Family Affair, DTC.
In its 26th season of cutting edge performance, the Undermain Theatre
continues to expand its range, adding performances to its lineup,
a reading series, welcoming a number of new artists of international
renown as well as many of its long-time distinguished collaborators.
Come and see why American Theater Magazine says, “Undermain
seeded the ground for a writer- friendly town” and why The
Dallas Morning News calls Undermain “…the Dallas theater
scene’s highest adornment.”
Undermain’s 26th Season Lineup
The Black Monk by David Rabe
Wed. September 9th through Sat.October 3rd
Directed by Katherine Owens
Port Twilight or The History of Science
by Len Jenkin
Sat. November 14th through Sat. December 12th
World Premiere Directed by Katherine Owens
The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac
by Taylor Mac
February, 2010. Dates to be determined
Performed by Taylor Mac
Spring Production: to be announced
directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
April 10th through May 8th
Play Reading Series
To be scheduled throughout the season.
New plays, and classic plays being developed for new versions and
Photos from tha vault by Katherine Owens. (L-R: Goose and Tom
Tom - 1989, the Undermain Theatre, Bloody Poetry - 1988)
Undermain Theatre performances are Wednesdays-Thursdays
at 7:30 p.m. and Fridays-Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are Weds
$15, Thurs $15, Fri $20, and Sat $25. Undermain is located at 3200
Main Street at Murray Street in Deep Ellum. Discounts are available
for seniors, students, KERA members and groups. Call 214.747.5515
or visit www.undermain.org.
Undermain Theatre, founded in 1984, is a company of artists that
performs new and experimental works in Texas, New York, and Europe.
The theater collaborates with playwrights, supports a theater archive
and operates a theater under 3200 Main Street in Dallas’ legendary
Deep Ellum. Call 214-747-2417 or visit www.undermain.org for more
Artistic Director: Katherine Owens. Executive Producer: Bruce DuBose.
Associate Producer: Suzanne Thomas.