Recent Performances

32nd Season

The Night Alive

by Conor McPherson

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

The Night Alive follows the lives of four modern Dubliners who are trying to get by, helping each other stay one step ahead of the past. Tommy’s a middle-aged misfit renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc, a homeless mystic. One day he comes to the aid of Aimee, a twenty-something lass who hasn’t had it too easy herself. Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope that they could make something more of their future. Something extraordinary. As in Undermain’s productions of his earlier plays Shining City and St. Nicholas, Conor McPherson’s new play deftly mines the humanity to be found in the most unlikely of situations. After premiering at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 2013, it transferred to New York’s Atlantic Theatre and was lauded by critics for its boisterous comedy and aching poetry.

Directed by Dylan Key

Designed by Bruce DuBose, Beck Schlabach, Claudia Stephens, Robert Winn, and Steve Woods
With Katherine Bourne, Bruce DuBose, Gordon Fox, Scott Latham, and Marcus Stimac

The Droll

by Meg Miroshnik

A World PREMIERE

Seduced by the magic of the Stage, young Nim Dullyn seeks to join an illegal theatrical troupe—pursued by the beastly Roundheads, who deem theatre an abomination during this time of sickness and troubles. The Droll (Or, a Stage Play about the END of Theatre) imagines a world in which theatre is banned, but one troupe resists by organizing a clandestine performance of Hamlet. Undermain is excited to bring Dallas this world premiere by Meg Miroshnik, author of last season’s hit comedy, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Inspired by the theatre closures of Puritan England, The Droll asks: What evil would you do in the Name of Laughter?

Directed by Blake Hackler

Designed by Amanda Capshaw, Linda Noland, Paul Semrad, Robert Winn, and Steve Woods
With Rhonda Boutte, Jack Greenman, Jenny Ledel, Justin Locklear, Alex Organ, Anthony L. Ramirez, and Katy Tye

31st Season

The Testament of Mary

by Colm Tóibín

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

This one-woman show was nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Play. Based on Colm Toibin’s 2012 novella, The Testament of Mary takes place in the period when Mary is living in solitude in the city of Ephesus, guarded by followers of her son seeking to record her account of the events surrounding his death. In Toibin’s portrayal of this iconic figure, she emerges not as the serene image familiar from religious art, but as a complex flesh-and-blood woman torn by grief and her refusal to endorse the official version of the story.

Directed by Katherine Owens

Designed by John Arnone and Bruce DuBose
With Shannon Kearns

The Flick

by Annie Baker

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and big heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world.

Directed by Blake Hackler

Designed by Linda Noland, Paul Semrad, Giva Taylor, Robert Winn, and Steve Woods
With Taylor Harris, Mikaela Krantz, Alex Organ, and Jared Wilson

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

by Meg Miroshnik

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

Once upon a time (2005), in a faraway land (Russia), 20 year-old Annie knocks on the door of a distant family relation to take some business classes (and lose her American accent). What she discovers are three friends who introduce her to the glitz and corruption of modern Russia, as Soviet echoes linger just under the surface. In Meg Miroshnik’s darkly funny fairytale, the girls must combat evil potatoes, a ferocious bear, and a wicked witch, armed with only their wits, an axe, and a kick-ass closet of stilettos.

Directed by Dylan Key

Designed by John Arnone, Amanda Capshaw, Linda Noland, Paul Semrad, and Steve Woods
With Katherine Bourne, Gail Cronauer, Alexandra Lawrence, Mei Mei Pollitt, and Joanna Schellenburg

Tomorrow Come Today

by Gordon Dahlquist

A WORLD PREMIERE

Tomorrow Come Today is a world premiere Science-Fiction drama set in a not-too- distant future where technological advances have enabled the wealthy to cheat death, the members of the elite have the ability to switch from one body to a newer, healthier, sexier body at will, living for hundreds of years. But the planet’s climate clock is running out. Dahlquist’s futuristic thriller takes us on a shape-shifting ride into a world all-too familiar to our own.

Directed by Katherine Owens

Designed by John Arnone, Bruce DuBose, Suzanne Lavender, Linda Noland, and Giva Taylor
With Ruben Carrazana, Vanessa DeSilvio, Ricco Fajardo, Shannon Kearns, Jenny Ledel, Gregory Lush, and Montgomery Sutton

30th Season

We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915

by Jackie Sibblies Drury

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

A troupe of young actors gears up to portray the extermination of the Herero tribe of Namibia. They’re passionate. Energetic. They’ve got piles of research. But what do they really know about being black Africans under German colonization? Is it possible to identify with the victims of history? What about the villains? There is danger in the game they’re playing, and fraught racial histories threaten to tear the troupe apart. As the actors dive further in, this inventive new play from Jackie Sibblies Drury (named a “Top Ten” show by New York Magazine) becomes a hilarious and head-spinning nightmare of identity.

Directed by Dylan Key

Designed by Bruce DuBose, Millicent Johnnie, Claudia Stephens, Robert Winn, and Steve Woods
With Jake Buchanan, Blake Hackler, Shannon Kearns, Ivuoma Okoro, Christopher Piper, and Bryan Pitts

Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel…

by Len Jenkin

A WORLD PREMIERE

From three-time Obie-winner Len Jenkin, Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel… is a play about a man on a Pilgrimage to the Sea,  propelled on his journey through song, with the help of a live band, and video projecting his life time of memories and driving his hopeful quest onward.

Undermain returned to the Dallas City Performance Hall to create Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel… world premiere with dazzling light, scenic wonder, video and a live band performing American roots music and doo-wop.

Directed by Katherine Owens
Designed by John Arnone, Austin Switser, Giva Taylor, Robert Winn, and Steve Woods
With Jonathan Brooks, Katherine Bourne, Rhonda Boutté, Fred Curchack, Teddy Davey, Bruce DuBose, R Bruce Elliott, Laura Jorgensen, Mikaela Krantz, Rob Menzel, Miranda Parham, Paul Semrad, Marcus Stimac, and Stefanie Tovar.

Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel… has been selected as a recipient of a grant from the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund and has received partial funding from the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Dallas City Performance Hall Fund.

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Undermain Reads at the Dallas Museum Of Art

The New Frontier: Landmark Speeches of John F. Kennedy

Presented by Undermain Theatre & The Video Association of Dallas

50 years ago, one man set forth a vision of an American destiny of sacrifice, adventure, and optimism. Join a cast of our city’s most talented actors in a multimedia performance as they bring these stirring words to life, reminding us how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go, to become America’s best self.

Directed by Patrick Kelly
Video Design by The Video Association of Dallas
With Tyrees Allen, Cora Cardona, Mark Fickert, Shannon Kearns-Simmons, and Anthony L. Ramirez

Profanity

by Sylvan Oswald

A WORLD PREMIERE

In 1950’s Philadelphia, the Schneider brothers have big dreams for the family real estate business.  Struggling against their own disagreements and rival companies, they want to build something that will last.   However, when they hire a new secretary, she and her daughter Esther stumble upon long hidden secrets in musty files behind closed doors.  In his World Premiere dark comedy, rising young playwright Sylvan Oswald explores a family foundation sinking into decay and the corrupted ties that bind communities.

Directed by Katherine Owens
Designed by John Arnone, Linda Noland, Paul Semrad, Giva Taylor, and Steve Woods
With Bruce DuBose, Michael Federico, Shannon Kearns-Simmons, Alex Organ, and Katy Tye

29th Season

The Ghost Sonata

by August Strindberg

A New Translation by Paul Walsh

In August Strindberg’s haunting chamber-mystery, a young man is enlisted by a mesmerizing stranger to enter a haunted house on a beautiful Sunday morning and rescue a young woman trapped within. Inside he encounters a world of vampires, mummies and ghosts, a family imprisoned in a legacy of greed, duplicity and manipulation. Compelled to free the mesmerizing young beauty, he confronts the demons with the destructive force of truth. Swedish master August Strindberg’s savage dream play shook the foundations of modern theatre when it debuted a century ago and remains one of the most influential experimental dramas of all time.

Directed by Patrick Kelly
Designed by John Arnone, Bruce DuBose, Giva Taylor, Steve Woods, and Robert Winn
With Liz Acklin, Audry Ahern, Colleen Ahern, Josh Blann, Jerry Crow, Angela Davis, Blake Hackler, Shannon Kearns-Simmons, Scott Latham, Brad Stephens, T.A. Taylor, and Lisa Warner

Penelope

by Enda Walsh

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

It is twenty years since Odysseus left to make war on Troy. In his absence, prominent citizens have been competing for his wife’s hand. Now only four suitors remain. Each day they come to the drained swimming pool behind Penelope’s house to perform elaborate courtships, and while they await response from the remote woman above them, the contend with one another in physical and psychological combat. The same routine for years on end. Today, however, is different. The last four men have all had a dream: Odysseus will return to put a bloody end to their contest and their lives. In their last day, can the suitors overcome the rot in their souls and band together to win Penelope? Does love have a chance in a pit of barbarous competition?

Directed by Stan Wojewodski, Jr.
Designed by Russell Parkman, Claudia Stephens, Steve Woods, and Robert Winn
With Bruce DuBose, R Bruce Elliott, Gregory Lush, Max Hartman, and Miranda Parham

Burying Our Father: A Biblical Debacle

Created and Performed by Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

Renowned performing artists Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen return to the Undermain stage where they’ve brought other original collaborations, Monkey: the Quest to the West, Noh: Angels, Demons and Dreamers and Golden Buddha Beach. In Burying Our Father: A Biblical Debacle, Fred and Laura bring their trademark bag of theatrical delights with this fantastical take on an ancient tale. Abraham’s sons have gathered to bury their father in a cave that will become one of the most revered sites in history. Accounts of this event from the three Abrahimic religions interweave and collide as Fred and Laura perform all the roles in an outrageous mix-up of drama, comedy, music, dance, and light and shadow magic. Burying Our Father: A Biblical Debacle, is an exhilarating exploration of the similarities and contrasts of the Abrahimic faiths and the impact of these beliefs on family, society, and history.

Written, created and performed by Fred Curchack and Laura Jorgensen

An Iliad
by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Translation by Robert Fagles

A REGIONAL PREMIERE

A wandering poet gives the audience his unique perspective of the Trojan War. The poet and an accompanying musician set the tone for the story with an array of instruments, both ancient and modern. Blending modern language with the text of Homer’s Iliad, the play is an account of Achilles’ rage, his dispute with Agamemnon, and the chaos that ensues when Achilles withdraws from the fighting. He recounts Hector’s noble effort to win the support of the gods, and his death at the hands of Achilles. As the poet describes the tragic deaths both Greek and Trojan Heroes, his narrative becomes a lament of the never-ending destruction of war. His story culminates in a moving depiction of Achilles briefly letting go of his rage out of respect for his enemy.

Directed by Katherine Owens
Designed by John Arnone, Linda Noland, Giva Taylor, and Steve Woods
With Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad