The 28th season for Undermain Theatre has been announced, and of the three mainstage productions, two are by major 20th century playwrights: Sam Shepard and Harold Pinter. The other is by renowned avant-garde writer—and an Undermain favorite—Len Jenkin.
There will also be three staged readings at the Dallas Museum of Art, and those titles will be announced later.
Also new for the 2011-'12 season: Cheaper ticket prices for previews. $10.
Here's the lowdown on the season.
Ages of the Moon by Sam Shepard
Directed by Katherine Owens
Southwest Regional Premiere
Oct. 15-Nov. 12, with previews Oct. 12-14
In this darkly funny and poignant new play, two old friends reunite over bourbon on ice in a remote fishing shack as they wait to witness a total lunar eclipse. They sit, reflect and bicker until decades of love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a shotgun. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard developed this gritty new play in collaboration with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The Abbey production was brought to New York’s Atlantic Theater in the winter of 2010.
Time in Kafka by Len Jenkin
Feb. 18-March 17, with previews Feb. 15-17
On the heels of its award winning world premiere of Len Jenkin’s Port Twilight, Undermain continues its collaboration with this Obie winning, American master. In the shadowy and fantastical world of Time in Kafka, an assistant professor at a small American college dreams that Kafka left the manuscript of an unknown novel at a sanatorium on Lake Garda in Italy. He follows the mad dream and travels there to find the lost Kafka novel and in the process, slips back in time into a familiar yet very different world. A play about love, literature, dreams, obsessions and Kafka.
The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter
Directed by Patrick Kelly
May 5-June 2, with previews May 2-4
A psychological thriller with comic leanings of the darkest intent, The Birthday Party is a study in the power of opposing forces. A sudden shifting of moods-from cozy domesticity to palpable fear-is precisely what defines The Birthday Party and what gives it a continuing immediacy. The anti-hero, Stanley, is holed up in a seedy seaside boarding house lorded over by his dotty landlady and her docile husband. He’s seemingly hiding out from some unknown danger, which arrives in the form of the mysterious stranger Goldberg and his sinister Irish henchman McCann. They arrive to pluck Stanley from his domestic exile as they prepare for a menacing celebration even though he insists it’s not his birthday.