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2018-19 for Undermain Theatre

In its 35th season, Undermain Theatre has two world premieres, an Ibsen rariety, the return of An Iliad, and play readings.



published Saturday, April 21, 2018

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Bruce Dubose in An Iliad

 

The 2018-19 season for Undermain Theatre, its 35th, has been announced. As expected, there will be the world premiere of the third play in Matthew Paul Olmos's trilogy so go the ghosts of méxico. Part two premiered at Undermain in 2017, and the first part was performed here in 2016. The third part happens in the spring of 2019. The season begins with another world premiere, this one by Undermain favorite Len Jenkin, called How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice (which, by the way, will be read as part of the current Whither Goest Thou America? series). The season also includes the rarely revived Ibsen work The Lady from the Sea, to be directed by Blake Hackler, who is also adapting his own version of a timely Ibsen title, Enemies/People for Second Thought Theatre. And there will be a return of the Lisa Peterson and Denis O'Hare adaptation An Iliad, performed by Bruce Dubose; and the return of the Whither Goest Thou America? reading series, with titles to be announced later in the season.

Below is the complete news release from Undermain, with dates, descriptions, subscription info and more.

 

For its 35th season Undermain celebrates its past, its future, and its present with two world premieres, a rarely seen world classic, and a celebratory reboot of a recent gem from the Undermain repertoire. The two world premieres bridge new American work from an eminent playwright to an important, emerging playwright, the classic presents a Dallas premiere by “the father of realism,” the Undermain in rep series contemplates the Undermain’s recent achievements, and our second Whither Goest Thou America: A Festival of New American Play Readings looks to the future.

 

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Len Jenkin

How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice

by Len Jenkin

A World Premiere

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Preview Performances 9/13 and 9/14

Opening Night Saturday 9/15/18

In Performance 9/13/18-10/7/18

Wed. through Sat. at 7:30 pm and Sun. matinees at 2pm.

How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice traces the arc of the lives of two lovers through the years, from the first kiss to the last goodbye and everything in between. On the road, in an indelible American landscape, Shakey Jake + Alice launch themselves on a poetic quest as they dance to the end of love. Longtime Undermain collaborator Len Jenkin explores the psyches of life-long partners to answer the question, “How is it that we live?”

A hero of the avant-garde and Undermain company member Len Jenkin returns to Undermain following a long line of acclaimed award-winning productions of Jenkin’s plays such as Jonah, Margo Veil, Port Twilight, Time in Kafka, Abraham Zobell’s Home Movie: Final Reel and Poor Folks Pleasure.  Len Jenkin’s credentials and awards include three Obie Awards for directing and playwriting, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Sundance Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Award, a nomination for an Emmy Award, four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a PhD in literature from Columbia University. His stage plays have been produced throughout the United States, as well as in England, Germany, France, Denmark, and Japan. In New York his plays have been produced at Lincoln Center, Soho Rep, The Flea, The Chocolate Factory, The Public Theater and many others.

 

The Lady From the Sea

by Henrik Ibsen

A Dallas Premiere

Directed by Undermain Company Member Blake Hackler

Preview Performances 11/8 and 11/9

Opening Night Saturday 11/10/18

In Performance 11/8/18 – 12/2/18

Wed. through Sat. at 7:30 pm and Sun. matinees at 2pm.

There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 22.

Undermain returns the Classics with Ibsen’s rarely seen drama, The Lady From the Sea. Ellida, a lighthouse-keeper's daughter, is trapped on an island in her marriage and longs for the sea. The conflict in the mermaid-like Ellida Wangel is between her duty to her devoted husband and her attraction to a mysterious, seagoing stranger from her past. Her duty to convention takes second place to an otherworldly awareness of more mystical bonds challenging her wedding vows. Written in 1888, years after A Doll’s House but before Hedda Gabler, The Lady from the Sea continues Ibsen’s exploration of the imbalances of marriage and a woman’s need for freedom. It is haunting and delightfully real in its display of this world and the otherworld, with both containing an intoxicating desire to be set free.

Henrik Ibsen (20 March 1828 – 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet. He is often referred to as "the father of realism" and is one of the founders of Modernism in theatre. His major works include Brand, Peer Gynt, An Enemy of the People, Emperor and Galilean, A Doll's House, Hedda Gabler, Ghosts, The Wild Duck, When We Dead Awaken, Pillars of Society, The Lady from the Sea, Rosmersholm, The Master Builder, and John Gabriel Borkman. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, and by the early 20th century A Doll's House became the world's most performed play. Ibsen wrote his plays in Danish (the common written language of Denmark and Norway) and they were published by the Danish publisher Gyldendal. Although most of his plays are set in Norway—often in places reminiscent of Skien, the port town where he grew up—Ibsen lived for 27 years in Italy and Germany, and rarely visited Norway during his most productive years. Born into a merchant family connected to the patriciate of Skien, Ibsen shaped his dramas according to his family background. He was the father of Prime Minister Sigurd Ibsen. Ibsen's dramas continue in their influence upon contemporary culture and film. 

 

An Iliad

by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare

Adapted from the Robert Fagles translation of Homer

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Opening Night Thursday 2/7/19

In Performance 2/7/19 – 3/3/19

Wed. through Sat. at 7:30 pm and Sun. matinees at 2pm.

In the spirit of celebration of 35 years of cutting edge performance, Undermain establishes its Repertoire Series to honor the gems of its production history, with a reboot of An Iliad, and reviving this landmark production from 2012 starring Bruce DuBose and Paul Semrad and directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens. An Iliad is a modern-day retelling of Homer's classic. Poetry and humor, the ancient tale of the Trojan War and the modern world collide in this captivating theatrical experience. The setting is simple: the empty theater. The time is now: the present moment. The lone figure onstage is a storyteller—possibly Homer, possibly one of the many bards who followed in his footsteps. He is fated to tell this story throughout history.

Lisa Peterson is an American freelance director.  She developed and directed An Iliad at Seattle Rep and throughout its transfers to The McCarter Theatre and New York Theatre Workshop.  A graduate of Yale in 1983, Lisa soon became the casting director at Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York. Eventually she was invited to join their company where she began directing new work as part of the theatre’s annual one-act marathon.  Developing new work became her passion and her musical adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s The Waves with David Bucknam was her first big break in New York.  She would go on to win an Obie award for her production of Caryl Churchill’s Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.  In the early 1990’s Peterson took up positions with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, where she continued to develop new playwriting in the Regional Theatre scene.  Currently one of America’s best-regarded freelance directors, Peterson has directed world premieres and classics throughout the country, including The Guthrie Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Arena Stage.

Denis O’Hare is a Tony Award-winning Irish American actor.  An Iliad is his debut as a writer for theater, although he studied poetry under Alan Shapiro while pursuing a degree in acting at Northwestern.  O’Hare has appeared in many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, winning a Tony in 2003 for his role in Take Me Out and nominated for a Tony for playing Charles J. Guiteau in Assasins by Stephen Sondheim.  O’Hare played The Baker in Central Park as part of The Public Theatre’s production of Sondheim’s Into The Woods.  O’Hare is also an acclaimed TV and film actor.  He appeared in J. Edgar, The Proposal, and Milk, True Blood for HBO, and American Horror Story on FX for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2012.

 

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Matthew Paul Olmos

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three

by Matthew Paul Olmos

A World Premiere

The centerpiece production of the Whither Goest Thou America Festival

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

Preview Performance Friday, 4/12/19

Opening Night Saturday 4/13/19

In Performance 4/12/19 – 5/5/19

Fri. and Sat. at 7:30 pm and Sun. matinees at 2pm.

 

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three will be the centerpiece production of the Whither Goest Thou America Festival. This is the final installment in this three-play cycle exploring the U.S./México drug wars. A young Méxican couple get caught up in the web of the drug trade between the two countries, changing their lives forever. But is their ordeal what it seems or a mirage of disinformation created by unseen forces? Somewhere between truth and illusion a mother from México searches for her missing daughter. The third part of Matthew Paul Olmos’s daring and poetic trilogy explores the human struggle of the US/México drug wars and the shadowy forces which create the market and distribution system shaping the world on both sides of the border.

Matthew Paul Olmos was born and raised in Los Angeles to a police officer and Labor/Delivery nurse. He is a three-time Sundance Institute Fellowship/Residency recipient (2014 Lab, 2013 UCROSS, 2009 Time Warner Storytelling Fellow), New Dramatists Resident Playwright, the 2012 Princess Grace Awardee in Playwriting and was recently named by Sam Shepard as the inaugural recipient of the La MaMa e.t.c.'s Ellen Stewart Emerging Playwright Award. Mr. Olmos is a 2013-14 Dramatists Guild Fellow, a 2012-13 New York Theatre Workshop fellow; Primary Stages Writer's Group, Ensemble Studio Theater lifetime member; and has been a terraNOVA Groundbreaker Playwright, Rising Circle Playwright, INTAR Theater H.P.R.L Writer and Brooklyn Arts Exchange Resident Artist. Mr. Olmos was a two-time Resident Artist at Mabou Mines/Suite (mentored by Ruth Maleczech); awarded the “Top Prize of the Americas” by the BBC 2011 International Playwriting Competition for his play The Nature of Captivity. Awarded the Sundance Institute Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship for his play i put the fear of méxico in ‘em; produced in Chicago by Teatro Vista in 2012; it was also on the syllabus at a Rutger’s University undergraduate course. Mr. Olmos’s 3-play cycle so go the ghosts of méxico, focuses on the US/México drug wars. The first play in this cycle was produced by La MaMa E.T.C. in the spring of 2013 and has since premiered in México. Undermain produced the first part of the trilogy in its 2016/2017 season and produced the world premiere of part two last season.

 

Whither Goest Thou America: A Festival

New American Play Readings

 

Undermain presents a series of readings of new plays examining the 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?”

The Reading Series runs from April 10 through May 2, 2019

With Readings performed every Wed. and Thurs. at 7:30

 

Play titles will be announced during the season.

Priority reservations for the series for Undermain season pass holders.

 

Undermain Theatre’s 35th Season Summary - 2018/2019

 

How is it That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice - by Len Jenkin

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

A World Premiere

In Performance 9/13/18-10/7/18, Wed. through Sat. evenings at 7:30 and Sun. matinees at 2.

Preview Performances 9/13, and 9/14

Opening Night Saturday 9/15/18

 

The Lady From the Sea by Henrik Ibsen

Directed by Undermain Company Member Blake Hackler

A Dallas Premiere

In Performance 11/8/18 – 12/2/18, Wed. through Sat. evenings at 7:30 and Sun. matinees at 2. Preview Performances 11/8, and 11/9

Opening Night Saturday, 11/10/18

 

An Iliad by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

In Performance 2/7/19 – 3/3/19, Wed. through Sat. evenings at 7:30 and Sun. matinees at 2.

Opening Night Saturday 2/7/19

 

so go the ghosts of méxico, part three by Matthew Paul Olmos

Directed by Undermain Artistic Director Katherine Owens

A World Premiere

In Performance 4/12- 5/5/19

Preview Performance Friday, 4/12

Opening Night Saturday, 4/13

 

Whither Goest Thou America: Readings of New American Plays

In Performance 4/10/19 – 5/5/19

 

 

Curtain times and ticket pricing

Undermain Theatre performances are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.

Matinee performances will be Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

 

Ticket prices are: 

All preview performances are $15

Wednesdays and Thursdays $20

Fridays $25

Saturdays $30

All matinee performances are $20

Reading Festival Tickets are $15 for Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Visit www.undermain.org to purchase tickets online or call the box office at 214-747-5515.

 

Discounts are available for seniors, students, KERA members, and groups. You must call 214-747-5515 for your discount. Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street at the corner of Murray Street in Deep Ellum. Free parking at 3300 Commerce St.

 

About Undermain

Now in its 35th season, Undermain Theatre is a company of artists that has produced 40 World Premieres, 58 regional premieres and countless re-workings of masterpieces that celebrate language and poetics. Undermain’s work stretches beyond its home state of Texas and has reached audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia. The San Diego Union Tribune called Undermain “one of the best small theaters in America.” The theatre collaborates with playwrights, supports a theatre archive and operates a theatre under 3200 Main Street in Dallas’ legendary Deep Ellum. Artistic Director: Katherine Owens, Executive Producer: Bruce DuBose, General Manager: Patricia Hackler, and Marketing Manager and Media Contact: Theresa Webster, Marketing@undermain.org, 214-747-1424.

 

 

 

REGULAR SINGLE SEASON PASS:  $100

-One person can attend every Undermain fully staged play once

-One person can attend ONE reading once.  $5 discount on any extra reading

-One guest ticket voucher good for any one performance

-$5 discount on any additional fully staged plays

-Subscription to Newsletter

-$1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar

-20% off all Undermain Merchandise

-All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

 

UNLIMITED SINGLE SEASON PASS - $125

-Unlimited attendance for one person to all plays and readings

-One guest ticket voucher good for any one performance

-$5 discount on any additional play or reading

-Subscription to Newsletter

-$1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar

-20% off all Undermain Merchandise

-All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

 

REGULAR DOUBLE SEASON PASS:    $175

-Two People can attend every Undermain fully staged play once

-Two People can attend ONE reading once.  $5 discount on any extra reading

-Two guest ticket vouchers good for any one performance

-$5 discount on any additional fully staged plays

-Subscription to Newsletter

-$1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar

-20% off all Undermain Merchandise

-All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

 

UNLIMITED DOUBLE SEASON PASS - $200

-Unlimited attendance for two people to all plays and readings

-Two guest ticket vouchers good for any one performance

-$5 discount on any additional play or reading

-Subscription to Newsletter

-$1 off all beer and wine purchases at Concessions Bar

-20% off all Undermain Merchandise

-All Season Passes are NON-TRANSFERABLE

 

UNDERGROUND PASS:  $99

-6 tickets to use any way you’d like

-2 Drink vouchers

-$5 discount on any additional fully staged plays and readings

-EXCLUDES ALL OPENING NIGHTS AND ALL SATURDAY NIGHT PERFORMANCES Thanks For Reading





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