Undermain Theatre, which had announced its 2020-21 season, has rethought the season in the wake of COVID-19. The season now includes streaming events: first live music, then a production from the archives, and then newly performed streaming productions. The latter includes Conor McPherson's one-man show St. Nicholas, which DuBose previously performed at Undermain in 2000 (this is new production that will be filmed for streaming), and a work from Danielle Georgiou and Justin Locklear and friends. Below is the complete news release. The archive production is Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present...
Dallas — In its 37th season Undermain Theatre continues its mission to produce new work while navigating the shifting demands brought on by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on our art form and our lives. This has brought some slight changes in our planned season as well as some new additions. As we explore new ways to bring our audience virtual content it is our hope that we will find our way back to live performance in the coming year.
Out of our primary concern for the health and safety of our audience, our artists, our staff and crew as well as the cultural life of Dallas, we will not be offering live performances at our Deep Ellum home until 2021, when we hope to be able to reintroduce live audiences to the Undermain performance venue for our live subscription series while also offering audiences the option of streaming versions of each production if they prefer. Our live & streamed season will be announced in the fall.
Until 2021 we’ll be offering a variety of streaming-only virtual productions. Our movement into virtual content will mark our past, our present and point toward the future with multiple streaming series, including the In Concert Undermain free music series streaming now through the summer, the Archives Undermain streaming series debuting in September with our archival video from our 2014 production of We Are Proud to Present a Presentation... by Jackie Sibblies Drury, and the Virtual Undermain series begins in October with the streaming-only version of St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson and Things Missing / Missed in January, our streaming-only coproduction with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group.
As we return to live performances next year our hope is to introduce audiences back into the space in limited numbers of socially distanced seating, while our physical space will be undergoing updates for ventilation and HVAC systems. In addition to these changes we’ll be offering intermission-free productions with smaller casts and other safety measures, endeavoring to create a safer, touch-free experience for patrons as much as possible. This also means we’ll be rescheduling our coproduction of Seven Against Thebes with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group to our 38th season when we feel it can be more fully realized.
This fall we will announce the details, titles and dates of our full subscription series for 2021, which we hope to offer as live and streaming productions as we navigate the challenges of the Covid pandemic.
We invite you to rise to the challenge with us this season, both virtually and live as we seek the path to return to performance from the Undermain and find light underground.
IN CONCERT UNDERMAIN
FREE STREAMING MUSIC
Undermain Theatre presents free streaming music all summer long! Three bands of Undermain family and friends recorded a live set in the basement for your enjoyment! Streaming runs July 8th – 28th with Texas Radio Trio (Bruce DuBose, Rob Menzel and Paul Semrad) performing songs reflecting the diversity of America. Caftan (Cory Kosel, Jake Nice and Braden Socia) will follow with a set of original psychedelic folk songs, streaming July 29 – August 19. We end with Open Classical, performing classical music streaming August 20 – September 5!
We are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884 - 1915
By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Streaming: 9/16 – 10/4/20
From our 2013/14 Season: A troupe of young actors gears up to portray the extermination of the Herero tribe of Namibia. They’re passionate. Energetic. They’ve got piles of research. But what do they really know about being black Africans under German colonization? Is it possible to identify with the victims of history? What about the villains? There is danger in the game they’re playing, and fraught racial histories threaten to tear the troupe apart. As the actors dive further in, this inventive play from Jackie Sibblies Drury (named a “Top Ten” show by New York Magazine) becomes a hilarious and head-spinning nightmare of identity.
Free to Subscribers
Jackie Sibblies Drury is a Brooklyn-based playwright. Her play Fairview won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other plays include Really and Social Creatures. Jackie’s plays have been presented by New York City Players and Abrons Arts Center, Soho Rep, Victory Gardens, Trinity Rep, Matrix Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Undermain Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Available Light, Company One, and The Bush Theatre in London, among others. Her work has been developed at Sundance, The Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, Manhattan Theatre Club, Arts Nova, A.C.T., The Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, PRELUDE. 11 & 14, The Civilians, The Bushwick Starr, The LARK, The Magic Theatre, The Bay Area Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony. Jackie was a dramaturg for Futurity by Cesar Alvarez and The Lisps, Zero Cost House by Pig Iron Theatre Company & Toshiki Okada and The Garden by Nichole Canuso Dance Company. She received a 2015 Windham-Campbell Literary Prize in Drama, a 2012-2013 Van Lier Fellowship at New Dramatists, and was the inaugural recipient of the 2012 -2013 Jerome Fellowship at The LARK. Jackie is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a 2015 United States Artists Gracie Fellow.
By Conor McPherson
Performed by Undermain Artistic Director Bruce DuBose
Streaming: 10/7 – 10/25/20
A cynical and jaded drama critic falls for a beautiful young actress. On a drunken bender one weekend he pursues her to London, where he falls in with a coven of modern-day vampires. Is it a drunken fairytale or his own vision of a higher truth? Storytelling at its spooky best comes to life in this haunting solo story performed by Undermain artistic director Bruce DuBose.
Conor McPherson is a playwright and screenwriter who was named by The New York Times as ‘the finest playwright of his generation.’ Conor won the George Devine Award in 1997 with his play St Nicholas, and went on to win an Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1999 with his follow-up, The Weir. In 2006 he received a Tony Award nomination for Shining City and an Olivier Award nomination for Best New Play for The Seafarer. In 2011 he wrote and directed The Veil for the National Theatre and in 2012 he adapted Strindberg's The Dance of Death for the Donmar Trafalgar Season. The Night Alive premièred at the Donmar in June 2013 and transferred to the Atlantic Theater in New York in November 2013.
Conor also writes for film and in 2008 he began production on The Eclipse, which marked his debut as a screen director. The Eclipse was adapted by Conor from a ghost story by Billy Roche and stars Aidan Quinn and Ciaran Hinds. He also developed Strangers for Number 9 Films based on the novel by Taichi Yamada. Conor is currently working on the screenplay Double Cross for Paul Greengrass. His original television drama Paula, developed with Cuba Pictures and BBC NI for BBC2, aired in May 2017 to brilliant reviews. The Girl from the North Country, with music from Bob Dylan, had its world premiere at the Old Vic theatre in July 2017 and transferred to the West End in January 2018, then to Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2020 and moved to Broadway at the Belasco Theatre.
By Justin Locklear, Melissa Flower, and Philip Hays with Danielle Georgiou
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Danielle Georgiou
Streaming: 1/13 – 1/31/21
A woman finds her reality less tangible than she thought, her mate slowly erasing her agency. The pain of her strained affection augmented by the slow and steady disappearance of household items. The culprit? A hermit—who may or may not exist. We watch the woman weather her erasure, revealing how quickly missing/forgetting/evading becomes our human response to our lives’ emptiness. A virtual co-production with the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group.
Danielle Georgiou is the Associate Artistic Director of Undermain Theatre, and is a Dallas-based choreographer, performance artist, and director. Since 2011, she has been the Artistic Director of the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group (DGDG), an ensemble-based dance theatre company that produces original dance plays and musicals. DGDG was selected as Best Dance Troupe of 2017 and 2015 by the Dallas Observer and Best Dance Company for 2016 by the Readers of D Magazine. The Show About Men (2015) was named Best New Play or Musical and cited for Outstanding Creative Contribution for Choreography by the Dallas Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards. At Undermain, Danielle has worked on so go the ghosts of méxico parts two and three, How Is It That We Live or Shakey Jake + Alice, Three Sisters, and the Whither Goest Thou America Festival. She has also worked at Theatre 3, Kitchen Dog Theater, Echo Theatre, Dead White Zombies, Stage West, and Circle Theatre. She was the Movement Consultant for the off-broadway production of Lonesome Blues, and her choreography and video works have been presented nationally and internationally. She holds a Ph.D. in Humanities-Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, is a guest teacher in the division of theatre at Southern Methodist University and is the Program Coordinator of Dance at Dallas College – Eastfield campus.
Justin Locklear is an actor, director, and playwright based in Dallas, TX. He is currently the Artist-In-Residence at The Ochre House Theater, an experimental theatre producing a season of new works each year, including a bilingual Flamenco show. As a part of that residency, Justin designs puppets and collaborates on new works as the Musical Director. He is also the Producer and Conceptual Artist of the award-winning contemporary dance theatre company, the Danielle Georgiou Dance Group. DGDG streamed the world premiere of their experimental opera, The Savage Seconds in June. The film Solider Plant, based on his play Smile, Smile Again is currently in post-production to be released later in 2020. Justin has trained in clown at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance and has performed puppetry at the Prague Quadrennial. He holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Baylor University.
Undermain In Concert, Archives and Virtual Series Summary - 2020/2021
IN CONCERT UNDERMAIN
Texas Radio Trio – Free Streaming 7/8/20 – 7/28/20
Caftan – Free Streaming 7/29/20 – 8/19/20
Open Classical – Free Streaming 8/20/20 – 9/5/20
ARCHIVES UNDERMAIN (Streaming Only)
WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Streaming 9/16/20 – 10/4/20
VIRTUAL UNDERMAIN (Streaming Only)
ST. NICHOLAS By Conor McPherson
Streaming 10/7 – 10/25/20
THINGS MISSING/MISSED by Justin Locklear, Melissa Flower, and Philip Hays with Danielle Georgiou
Streaming 1/13 – 1/31/21
Ticket prices are:
$15 for all streaming shows
Visit www.undermain.org to purchase tickets online or call the box office at 214-747-5515.
Undermain is located at 3200 Main Street at the corner of Murray Street in Deep Ellum.
Now in its 37th season, Undermain Theatre is a company of artists that has produced 35 World Premieres, 61 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. Producing Artistic Director: Bruce DuBose, General Manager: Patricia Hackler, Associate Artistic Director: Danielle Georgiou, Producing Artistic Associate: Jake Nice, Marketing Manager and Media Contact: Theresa Webster, Marketing@undermain.org, 214-747-1424.