about undermain theatre
“One of the best small theaters in America” by The
San Diego-Union Tribune, and “…our most daring
and accomplished theatrical troupe…” by The Dallas
The Undermain Theatre is a company of artists seeking to inspire, educate and challenge audiences and artists through its production of innovative theater with particular interest in poetic and language-driven work.
Undermain Theatre is a company of artists that
performs experimental works in Texas, New York, and Europe; collaborates
with playwrights; develops original and world premiere productions;
supports a theater archive; publishes plays; and sustains a theater
in Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum.
Undermain Theatre was founded in 1984 by a group
of artists who transformed a warehouse basement under Main Street
in Dallas into a unique performance space and began producing new
and experimental plays. The company’s reputation grew in Dallas’
artistic community and beyond. Soon Undermain was
home to many regional premieres of new work. Among numerous awards
for its work including the Dallas Critics Forum,
Undermain also was recipient of the 500 Inc’s
Ken Bryant Vision Award.
Undermain has produced plays by Mac Wellman, Conor
McPherson, Lynn Alvarez, Young Jean Lee, Jeffrey M. Jones, John
O’Keefe, Erik Ehn, Len Jenkin, Suzan Lori-Parks, Lenora Champagne,
Howard Barker, Dario Fo, David Ray, Sam Shepard, Samuel Beckett,
Caryl Churchill, Goran Stefanovski, and Octavio Solis, among others.
Collaboration during rehearsal and production with the playwright
is an integral and exciting part of the work.
In 1995, during the siege of Sarajevo, Undermain
was invited to tour a neighboring Balkan country, Macedonia where
it performed to capacity crowds in Roman amphitheaters and on the
steps of orthodox cathedrals.
Along with the continual seasons of plays produced in its Dallas
home, since 2000, Undermain has broadened its scope
to produce six plays in New York culminating in its recent original
adaptation of Neil Young’s Greendale.
Undermain produces exciting, original plays and
acclaimed international works. Undermain stirs
emotions and inspires the imagination.
Board of Directors
Angus Wynne III
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