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Matthew Paul Olmos

2016-17 for Undermain Theatre

Undermain Theatre's 33rd season has regional premieres by Matthew Paul Olmos, Anne Washburn and Jackie Sibblies Drury, plus Brecht's Galileo.



published Monday, May 23, 2016

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Jackie Sibblies Drury

 

Dallas — The 33rd season at Undermain Theatre does something atypical of an Undermain season, in that there is not a world premiere. But there are three regional premieres by playwrights Matthew Paul Olmos, Anne Washburn and Jackie Sibblies Drury. The Olmos work is a first part, and the second and third parts will have their world premieres at Undermain in the 34th and 35th seasons. And, although these are all terrific choices, we're most excited about Undermain's commitment to honoring the playwrights that Artistic Director Katherine Owens sees as the forefathers of the types of modern drama that the theater is attracted to. In recent seasons, that's included work by Strindberg, Pinter and O'Neill. In 2016-17, it's Brecht, with his Galileo, starring Bruce DuBose in the title role. I can't remember a professional theater in DFW doing Brecht since, what, Kitchen Dog Theater's In the Jungle of Cities in the 1990s? Or Second Thought Theatre's The Caucasian Chalk Circle about a decade ago. Oh, Theatre Three did Brecht and Maxwell Anderson's Lost in the Stars in the mid-2000s.

For those keeping count (we are), it's a damn good season for parity of playwrights: Of four titles, two are by women, and two are by persons of color.

 

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Matthew Paul Olmos

Here's the complete news release with the season breakdown, descriptions, dates and subscription and ticket info:

For its 33rd season of exploring new work and revisiting seminal modern work Undermain Theatre presents the season of the truth seeker. Undermain opens the 33rd season by embarking on a trilogy of new plays exploring the US/México drug wars over the course of the next three seasons. The fall season continues with a searching, immersive regional premiere of play that holds a mirror up to the creative process. In the new year Undermain undertakes a rarely staged masterwork study of one of the ultimate purveyors of truth. The season closes with a regional premiere of play examining the changing nature of truth in the eye of the beholder through the art of photography. These plays lead collectively to the realization that what one sees and what is true may be entirely different.

 

so go the ghosts of méxico

A Trilogy by Matthew Paul Olmos

Part One – a brave woman in méxico 

A Regional Premiere

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Opening Night Saturday 9/17,

Preview Performances 9/14, 9/15 and 9/16

In Performance 9/14/16-10/8/16

Wednesdays through Saturdays with two matinees on 9/24 and 10/8

A twenty-two year old woman volunteers to replace a beheaded police chief when nobody else is willing to accept the position. She sets off a chain of reactions for her husband, the Narcos, and perhaps the entire country of Mexico. “so go the ghosts of méxico, part one (a brave women in méxico)” is the first of a three-play cycle exploring the US/Mexico drug wars. Selected by American Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard as the inaugural play of the first-ever Ellen Steward Award — named after the famed founder and director of La MaMa— Olmos’s so go the ghosts of méxico, part one is inspired by the life of Marisol Valles Garcia, who stepped up to fill the place of a decapitated chief-of-police in the northern town of Praxadis, Mexico only to be run out of the country by the drug cartels who threatened her life. Matthew Paul Olmos has fashioned these events into a poetic, nightmare-land where the dream world and the real world intertwine and the legion of dead from the drug wars return to speak. Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens directs this groundbreaking work. Undermain will premiere part 2 of the trilogy in its 2017/2018 and part 3 in the following 35th season. 

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Anne Washburn

 

10 Out Of 12

by Anne Washburn

A Regional Premiere

Directed by Undermain Company Member Blake Hackler

Opening Night Saturday 11/12 

Preview Performances 11/9, 11/10, and 11/11

In Performance 11/9/16 – 12/3/16

Wednesdays through Saturdays with two matinees on 11/19 and 12/3

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to tech.  Around you, a company of 14 is engaged in the very peculiar task of making a new play. You’ll have a seat next to the sound designer as he mixes cues. You’ll eavesdrop on backstage gossip as it happens over headset. You’ll watch the director struggle to contain the uncontainable. Anne Washburn (Mr. Burns) has examined the world of tech rehearsal and crafted a wondrous, layered and often hilarious world that examines the process of creation. An immersion into the world of the theatre directed by Undermain company member Blake Hackler. 10 Out of 12 is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us.

  

Galileo

by Bertolt Brecht

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

With Bruce DuBose as Galileo

Opening Night Saturday 2/11

Preview Performances 2/8, 2/9, and 2/10

In Performance 2/8/17 – 3/5/17

Wednesdays through Saturday evenings with Sunday matinees.

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Bertolt Brecht

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 that 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.

 

Really

by Jackie Sibblies Drury

Directed by TBA

Opening Night Saturday 4/15

Preview Performances 4/12, 4/13,and 4/14 

In Performance 4/12/17 – 5/6/17 

Wednesdays through Saturdays with two matinees on 4/22 and 5/6

Undermain returns to the work of award-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury, who’s 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 peoples 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).

 

Curtain times and ticket pricing

Undermain Theatre performances are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.,

Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.

10 out of 12 and Galileo performances will be 7:30 Wednesdays through Saturdays

Matinee performances for Galileo will be Sundays at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are: Wednesdays and Thursdays $20, Fridays $25 and Saturdays $30

All preview performances are $15

All first Wednesdays (the first Wed. after opening) are also $15

All matinee performances are $20

Discounts are available for seniors, students, KERA members, and groups. Call 214-747-5515 or visit www.undermain.org. Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street at the corner of Murray Street in Deep Ellum. With free parking at 3300 Commerce St.

 

All Access Single Season Pass: $100

  • Unlimited attendance to ALL Undermain productions for one person (Minimum 3 Shows)
  • One guest ticket voucher good for any performance
  • $5 Discount on any additional tickets purchased
  • Subscription to Season Pass e-mail Newsletters
  • $1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar
  • 20% off all Undermain merchandise
  • Free admission to all Undermain special projects
  • Invitations to Season Pass Only Pre-Show Talks
  • All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

All Access Double Season Pass $175

  • Unlimited attendance to ALL Undermain productions for two people (Minimum 3 Shows)
  • Two guest ticket vouchers good for any performance
  • $5 Discount on any additional tickets purchased
  • Subscription to Season Pass e-mail Newsletters
  • $1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar
  • 20% off all Undermain merchandise
  • Free admission to all Undermain special projects
  • Invitations to Season Pass Only Pre-Show Talks
  • All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

All Access Artist** Pass $75

  • One guest ticket voucher good for any performance
  • $5 Discount on any additional tickets purchased
  • Subscription to Season Pass e-mail Newsletters
  • $1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar
  • 20% off all Undermain merchandise
  • Free admission to all Undermain special projects
  • Invitations to Season Pass Only Pre-Show Talks
  • All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

** To purchase this pass, please call our box office at 214 747-5515. Requirements for eligibility can include: a valid website, business card, union membership card, or artist résumé. Thanks For Reading





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