The 2017/2018 Season

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Matthew Olmos

Mathew Paul Olmos

so go the ghosts of méxico, part two

By Matthew Paul Olmos

September 6 – October 1, 2017

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

A World Premiere

Press Opening on Saturday, September 9, 2017

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm with two Sunday 2:00 matinees on 9/17 and 10/1

Two warring gangs in which the reins of power shift, a drug trade economy relying on Los Estados Unidos as its best customer, the method of delivery is ever ‘changing’, and loyalty exists nowhere; the second play in this 3-play cycle about the U.S./Mexico drug wars explores the extreme machismo of narco culture as shown through a cast of all women.

 

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Annie Baker

Annie Baker

John

by Annie Baker

November 8 – December 3, 2017

Directed by Undermain Company Member Bruce DuBose

A Dallas Premiere

Press Opening on Saturday November 11, 2017

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 pm with two Sunday 2:00 matinees on 11/19 and 12/3

The week after Thanksgiving. A Bed & Breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A cheerfully eccentric innkeeper. A young couple struggling to stay together. Thousands of inanimate objects, watching.  A haunting and haunted meditation by Annie Baker, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Flick, which Undermain Theatre produced in their 31st season, set near the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, where a young couple are welcomed to an eerie bed and breakfast by an eccentric inn keeper.

 

“Annie Baker’s “John” is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light.” -The New Yorker

 “Baker does not merely tell a scary story. She shows them, piling up like ghosts of amputated limbs from the war wounded, and makes them riveting, unpredictable, altogether human theater.” – Newsday

 

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Anton Checkhov

Anton Chekhov

Sarha Ruhl

Sarah Ruhl

 

 

Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov

English version by Sarah Ruhl

February 7 – March 4, 2018

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Press Opening on Saturday February 10, 2018

Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm with Sunday 2:00 matinees on 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4.

Discover the humor and heartbreak of one of the world’s greatest plays by Anton Chekhov, revealed through the lyricism of one of the leading voices in contemporary theatre: two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl. Three Sisters, Chekhov’s great tragicomic is the story of women contending with disillusioned life in a small Russian town. The Prozorov sisters, Olga, Masha, and Irina, dream of freedom, sex, romance, and Moscow. Two figures appear in their lives. Vershinin, the new battery commander, has hopes of a better future for mankind. Natasha, a local woman, has hopes of a better future for herself. Each will transform the Prozorov family. A complex lattice of stories works itself out in this classic of world drama by the visionary Anton Chekhov. This production will offer the rare treat of experiencing this great work in the Undermain’s intimate performance space.

 

“Sarah Ruhl has a taste for and a way with the classics.” – New York Times

“Luminous!…A crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl. Its fierce beauty suffuses every moment and reaches for immortality.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“Exhilarating! Ruhl doesn’t call attention to herself here. Instead she lets the play breathe with a simple, unmannered approach to the drama that makes it seem shockingly contemporary…There’s a naturalness to the way the drama unfolds, the ebb and flow of the emotional outbursts, that leaves you breathless.” San Jose Mercury News

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Whither Goest Thou America? A Festival of new American Play Readings

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

-Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

 The Reading Series runs from April 11 through May 6, 2018

In the spring Undermain will introduce an entirely new festival dedicated to new work which examines the heartbeat of the current American landscape. This festival will be a celebration of American dramatic voices and a conversation about how we as a country are grappling with our present moment. The festival will feature staged readings of four brand new plays with each week of the festival focused on a different writer and new play which will receive a staged reading by an ensemble cast and include open rehearsals, public workshops, conversations, and performances. Inspired by Kerouac’s question “Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” these plays will spark an inspiration for how we as a community could blaze a new path forward from this present wilderness.

 

Play titles will be announced during the season.

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