The 2016/2017 Season
By Bertolt Brecht
February 8th – March 5th, 2017
Directed by Katherine Owens
Press Opening on February 11th
The setting is the dawn of the age of reason in the early 17th century when Galileo was teaching young students the incredible account of how the earth moves around the sun, rather than the other way around. His heretical announcement, that both the moon and Jupiter only reflect the sun’s light, is brought to the attention of the church and Galileo is summoned to the Vatican. His friends abandon him and his appeal to the Pope is intercepted by the inquisitor. Galileo recants, but even while imprisoned continues his writings surreptitiously. Throughout his life Galileo is pitted against an institution which claims the truth as its own commodity and threatens torture and death to those who would offer an opposing vision. After emigrating to the United States from Hitler’s Germany, Brecht translated and re-worked the first version of his play in collaboration with the actor Charles Laughton. The result of their efforts was the second ‘American version’ of the play, which to this day remains the most widely-staged version in the English-speaking world. The original Broadway production in 1947 was directed by soon-to-be blacklisted stage and film director Joseph Losey.
Undermain will offer a rare opportunity to see this masterwork, last produced in North Texas in 1984, in its unique and intimate performance venue. Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens directs Galileo with Undermain co-founder Bruce DuBose in the title role.
“Unquestionably Brecht’s masterpiece.” ~New York Daily News
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
April 12th – May 6th, 2017
A Regional Premiere
Press Opening on April 15th
Undermain returns to the work of award winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, whose provocative and exciting play We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… was staged in its 30th season. In Ms. Drury’s latest play, Really, three people’s lives intertwine, through the art of photography as they search for the truth of their common history in this tense and telling play about artists, legacy, and the ephemeral nature of time. Really asks what do we try to leave behind, what do we actually leave behind, and how do we deal with being left.
Premiered with The New York City Players at Abrons Arts Center (March 2016). Developed at Sundance Theatre Lab, Van Lier Residency at New Dramatists, and the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab (2012).
“an unnerving study of art as pollution, distraction from a world fast evolving beyond aesthetics” ~Time Out New York Critics’ Pick
“stylishly contemplative…[Ms. Drury] asks provacative questions about the value of what is seen in pictures that freeze fleeting moments for posterity…Magic has happened, and it’s as unsettling as it is irrefutable. Does any photograph do justice to the reality it tries to capture?” ~The New York Times