Whither Goest Thou America?
A Festival of New Play Readings

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

-Jack Kerouac, from On the Road

 The Festival runs from April 12 through May 6, 2018

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?”


Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays – $15

Saturdays – $20

Jonathan Norton

a love offering by Jonathan Norton

Directed by Dennis Raveneau

Thursday, April 12th @ 7:30 pm – actor/director talkback
Friday, April 13th @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 14th @ 7:30 pm – post reading discussion with the author
Sunday, April 15th @ 2:00 pm

T’Wana Jepson has been bit before. And scratched. And kicked. And punched. And called every dirty word in the book. But so has her coworker and play mama, Miss Georgia. It comes with the territory as a nurse’s aide caring for patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia. You learn to not take it personally and to lean on your co-workers for support. But after T’Wana is attacked by the patient in E 204, something happens that threatens the bonds of trust and friendship.  A timely and compelling play by Jonathan Norton

Blake Hackler

Blake Hackler


Directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni

Thursday, April 19th @ 7:30 pm – actor/director talkback
Friday, April 20th @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 21st @ 7:30 pm – post reading discussion with the author
                                                      Sunday, April 22nd @ 2:00 pm

Esther’s quiet Brighton Beach existence is upended when a mysterious woman arrives at her door. It seems Esther’s sister, Laila, has been kidnapped by a dybbuk, who’s taking people’s stories. Soon Esther is on her way to Japan to do battle with the dybbuk and her past. And she’s going to bring Laila home, no matter the cost. A metaphysical mystery by Blake Hackler.

Barbara Hammond

Barbara Hammond

Directed by Katherine Owens

Thursday, April 26th @ 7:30 pm – actor/director talkback
Friday, April 27th @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 28th @ 7:30 pm – post reading discussion with the author
                                                       Sunday, April 29th @ 2:00 pm

 A small American town argues over whether to put a cross or a cellphone tower on its only hilltop — as the local prison warden struggles with his friendship with a young man on death row. Visible from Four States sits at the modern crossroads of belief and communication, where an individual man carries the moral burden of a nation. Barbara Hammond deftly weaves the familiar into the profoundly new in this brilliant and compelling script

Len Jenkin

Len Jenkin


Directed by Katherine Owens

Thursday, May 3rd @ 7:30 pm – actor/director talkback
Friday, May 4th @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 5th 7:30 pm – post reading discussion with Artistic Director, Katherine Owens
Sunday, May 6th @ 2:00 pm

Shakey Jake + Alice traces the poetic arc of the lives of two lovers through the years from first kiss to last goodbye and everything in between. On the road, in an indelible American landscape, longtime Undermain collaborator Len Jenkin explores “the psyches of life-long partners to answer the question – how is it that we live?”


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Rhonda Boutté

Bruce DuBose

Sydney Hewitt

Jim Jorgensen

Stevie Keese

Elly Lindsay

Stephanie Oustalet

Joanna Schellenberg

Paul Semrad

Paul Semrad

T.A. Taylor

T.A. Taylor

Laura Yancey


Dennis Raveneau
“a love offering”

Kara-Lynn Vaeni
“The Light Collectors”

Katherine Owens
“Visible from Four States and How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice”



Creative Team

Ben Bryant

Linda Noland
Scenic Design